Bach Rocks

Bach Rocks is a program of J. S. Bach’s keyboard works played in a Jazz Trio format. If you take these works and add a string bass and drums they can go from cool jazz to hot rock without changing a note or a rhythm.

The recital will take place from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center at Pacific Lutheran University.

Bach is considered by many to be the greatest composer ever. His music sums up the Baroque era in breathtaking fashion. His works make up a giant part of the world’s concerts. They influenced many of the great composers who followed him. They are used from private studios to universities for educational purposes.

The performance will feature Diana Walker, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at PLU; Lorree Gardener, based in Olympia and LaMont Atkinson, Jr., a former PLU music student.

Concert Details

Performers: Diana Walker, piano; Lorree Gardener, string bass; and LaMont Atkinson, Jr, drums

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 22

Place: Lagerquist Concert Hall, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Free and open to the public 

Walker will be talking about Bach’s life in-between some of the pieces.

The concert is free, but donations are appreciated at the performance to benefit Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity whose main objective is to promote and support music and musicians. Their philanthropic outreach helps fund local organizations such as the Tacoma Symphony, the Tacoma Opera, Classical Tuesdays,  and the Tacoma Refugee Choir, among others. They are also part of a People to People program that helps provide musical instruments and music scores in different countries.

About the performers

Diana Walker – Piano

Diana Walker earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Her Master of Music in piano performance is from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has served as Acting Chair of the PLU Piano Department, and Director of the PLU Piano Ensemble.  She is currently director of WSMTA’s annual Four Piano Benefit Concerts.

Lorree Gardener – String Bass

Lorree Gardener played two notes in the eighth grade and fell in love with string bass. She worked in L.A. for many years before settling in Olympia where she performs with a variety of different bands.

LaMont Atkinson, Jr. – Drums

LaMont Atkinson, Jr. was introduced to Drums/Percussion in fifth grade in an African Dance Ensemble.  He not only performs with several different bands, but also heads up his own Music Studio and Production company.  He is a former PLU music student.