Emanuele at OpenHAU5

Featured Artist: Emanuel De Biase

The openhau5 is a series of intimate experiences (at home base), richly framed around a singular performance. Each show designed to put our guests behind the scenes of the creation of a unconventionally filmed live concert. These shows are an opportunity for the next generation of artists to experiment and connect with audiences in a fresh and meaningful way. Join us for the next openhau5 at home base.

Sun, December 16, 2018 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM


232a Putnam Ave

Brookyln, New York 11216


The Ali Forney Center is the largest organization helping LGBTQ homeless youth in the United States. By managing and developing transitional housing, AFC helps approximately 1,400 young people every year, most between the ages of 16 and 24. 

Named after Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming youth who was murdered in New York in 1997, the Ali Forney Center is located in 15 buildings across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. In 2017, the Center provided 124 beds a night for homeless LGBT youth. In addition, AFC runs a drop-in center offering a range of services, including help applying for housing, case management, and access to free health care.


The Event

On February 27th, award-winning violinist Emanuele De Biase will present works from his new project, “Bach to the People,” at the Church of the Ascension in New York. The concert will feature three sonatas from Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin—a cornerstone “Bach to the People,” which aims to make Bach’s music more widely available.

After coming to know the AFC last year, Emanuele pledged to support the organization’s exceptional work in the year ahead. To that end, all proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ali Forney Center. 


The event will be generously sponsored by Christophe Landon, who will provide Emanuele De Biase with a special instrument for the occasion. 



I’ve started performing the music of Johan Sebastian Bach in public and unusual locations because I think that his music, better than anybody else’s, represents what human existence is about.

Bach was perfect in his balance of counterpoint and harmony.

Counterpoint is how individual melodic lines interact horizontally.

Harmony is the vertical context in which they interact.

Let’s say counterpoint is how our individual lives flow, whereas harmony is the world in which they happen.

This project is intended to make Bach’s music more widely available and to get your feedback on it. Feel free to post your feedback on the Facebook page of this series of events.

And thanks for reading while you listen.