Church of Beethoven does Brandenburg backwards

Last Sunday the Church of Beethoven had a packed house for the first in a series of performances of the six Brandenburg concertos. OK, so they didn’t actually play the notes in reverse order, but although it was the first in the series, they performed Concerto No. 6.

The next Brandenburg in the Church of Beethoven series will be No. 5 performed December 27, with the rest to follow at one-month intervals, continuing in reverse order.

There was a lot of excitement Sunday, and it wasn’t just about the Baroque instruments like the viola de gambas and harpsichord being played in the Brandenburg along with some more modern instruments, although the performance had the audience standing and cheering at the end.

There was also Demetria Martinez reading her poetry who left the crowd dazzled by her virtuosity.

And Polka Dot Dot Dot, a three-member folk group from Washington State whose foot-stomping, arm-slapping rhythms and infectious hooks had people lined up to buy their CDs after the show.

As always, there were the coffee drinks and teas, the chair massage, the featured artist whose works adorned the walls. On top of all that, there was even a reporter and photographer from the LA Times in attendance, learning more about the phenomenon that is the Church of Beethoven for an upcoming article.

There won’t be another Brandenburg performed for the next couple of weeks, but there will be duos for flute and harp and violins this Sunday, December 6 with poet Richard Vargas. On December 13, guitarist extraordinaire Michael Chapdelaine will be the featured performer, with poet Margaret Randall.

Yes, the Church of Beethoven continues to garner local, national and international attention. If you live in the Albuquerque area and haven’t attended yet, what’s your excuse? You’d better get on down to see it for yourself. Doors open at the Factory on 5th’s performance space—the Kosmos , 1715 5th Street NW, each Sunday at 9:30 am with the one-hour performance starting at 10:30.

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