Ah yes, the lautenwerk, an instrument we all know and love. Who are we kidding? Almost no one knows what a lautenwerk is! But once you hear it in the hands of Kim Heindel, you’ll come to love it, at least.
The lautenwerk is also known as the lute-harpsichord, and that’s exactly what it sounds like. The keyboard instrument is very similar in structure to a harpsichord, but has gut strings rather than metal. Bach might have invented the lautenwerk and owned at least two, but none of the originals have survived, so Heindel performs on a reconstruction he commissioned himself. Critics have praised his interpretations as “instinctive and utterly right for each piece” (American Record Guide) and “exquisitely performed” (The American Organist). This is your chance to hear some of Bach’s greatest works the way they were meant to be heard.
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
May 8, 2 p.m., $15