Yellow Barn continues tribute to founder

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PUTNEY — An open discussion will explore the complete Bach Cello Suites, a continuation of Yellow Barn's tribute to its founder, David Wells, that took place over the course of two concerts this summer.

On Sept. 15, for the third week of the conversation series "Patio Noise," Yellow Barn artistic director Seth Knopp will be joined by four cellists involved with the Bach Suites residency: Natasha Brofsky and Michal Katz from New York City and Gabriel Martins and Aaron Wolff from Boston.

Listeners are invited to join the open discussion via Yellow Barn's homepage ( from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

During its 2020 Summer Season, Yellow Barn honored Wells with performances of the complete Bach Cello Suites. The six suites were broadcast over the course of two concerts that took place on July 16, on what would have been Wells's 93rd birthday, and July 18, the day after Congressman John Lewis's death. The July 18 performance opened with a 1959 recording of Odetta singing "Glory, Glory," a tribute both to John Lewis and to Bach, who signed many of his manuscripts "Soli Deo Gloria" ("To the Glory of God Alone"), a dedication that the composer added to every piece of sacred music and many secular pieces as well.

"The greatest gift that David gave me while I was his student was to teach me the Bach Suites," Yellow Barn Executive Director Catherine Stephan said in a statement. "I carry those lessons with me to this day, through each challenge and celebration. These performances of the cello suites are dedicated to David and all that he has done to impart upon generations of students and listeners the glory of a life spent with music."

Patio Noise" conversations take place by Zoom, each Tuesday through Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 5:45pm. The "room" will be open via Yellow Barn's homepage. Those participating are invited to share insights and questions in advance by sending them in advance, or by using the Zoom "chat" option. For more information, go to or call 802-387-6637.



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