I’ve had lots of requests to continue with my online concert series, so I’ve decided to add a February series of Karl’s Online Concerts. Dates are listed below. I will provide 24 hour links to the music portion of each concert afterwards. Also, I’ve done up a little video trailer with excerpts from each of the six concerts – hopefully they’ll make you interested and excited to attend. Cost is $20 per concert or $100 for all 6 concerts, per household. Please contact me directly at karlstobbe@karlstobbe.com or through my contact form for more information, including payment information.

February dates:

Two concerts per day – one at 8:30pm EST, and one at 8:00pm PST.

Feb. 12 th Concert 1:

- Prokofiev Sonata for Solo Violin

- Bach Sonata No. 1 in G Minor

Feb. 14 th Concert 2:

- Ysaÿe Sonata No. 4 in E Minor

- Bach Partita No. 1 in B Minor

Feb. 17 th Concert 3:

- Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin

- Bach Sonata No. 2 in A Minor

Feb. 19 th Concert 4:

- Paganini Caprice No. 9 & 17

- Bach Partita No. 2 in D Minor

Feb. 22 nd Concert 5:

- Biber Passacaglia for Solo Violin

- Bach Sonata No. 3 in C Major

Feb. 24 th Concert 6:

- Oesterle Stand Still for Solo Violin

- Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major

I don’t think too many people would disagree that, at least on a global scale, 2020 will prove to be one of the most unnerving years of our generation. For those of us in the performing arts industry, by May 2020 we knew that concerts, festivals, and income was going to get very thin. I usually play 130ish concerts every year. I think that in 2020 I will end up having played about 25 live concerts – almost all of those before March.

Trying to make the best of things, I decided that I had the time to invest in another musical project – playing through all of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas every week for a year, in recognition of their 300 th birthday. Covid took many things from me during 2020, but getting to play Bach every day was a gift that I will treasure forever.

Early in this endeavour I started experimenting with a few live recordings that I posted on YouTube. I didn’t own any equipment other than an iPhone, so as I got more serious I borrowed some. Eventually I realized that making a proper video recording of them might be valuable to have, so I bought some real microphones (Telefunken M61) and started recording. I learned how to use Reaper (audio software), started experimenting with cameras, and learned how to use DaVinci (video software). With the help of my fantastic sound engineer, Joe Dudych, the sound recording wasn’t too difficult. But the video part was a very steep learning curve.

After finishing a couple of the video recordings, I decided to incorporate other art into a few of the videos. Some of that is still a work in progress, but there are already a few videos that incorporate visual artwork by Manitoba artist Margruite Krahn. You can see some of these on my media page. I really love the addition of the visual art, and look forward to doing more of them as time goes on.

Towards the end of recording I started thinking about presenting these recordings as an online concert series over the winter holidays. To make a long story short, it worked out really well. Zoom is not a particularly good way of doing a live broadcast, but it works pretty well for pre- recorded music, and as a forum for talking to an audience and engaging with them in conversation before and after, it’s an excellent tool.

Putting these together has been a ton of effort from me and others. Thankfully, I’m really happy with the way these have turned out, and it’s exciting for me to be able to share my passion for Bach, and my passion for the violin with you in this format. I hope you’re able to come, and I look forward to meeting you online soon!

Karl Stobbe