From Tragedy To Transcendence

Steven Hancoff Transcends Tragedies and Genres in MAC Performance


Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) welcomes the nationally-acclaimed and recognized guitarist Steven Hancoff to the Tanner Theatre for an April 7 performance of his program, From Tragedy To Transcendence. The performance is an homage to J. S. Bach. Steven Hancoff has performed throughout the US, with a unique set list that incorporates ragtime, americana, and classical pieces, all given new life with Hancoff’s guitar arrangements. He is a graduate of St.John’s College in Annapolis, and served as an artistic ambassador for the United States in 50 countries around the world.


The April 7 performance at MAC will focus on the works of J. S. Bach. Hancoff’s performance combines visual art and music. He says that attendees should expect to see hundreds of pieces of art, both historic and contemporary to accompany his music. The program is intended to captivate both senses simultaneously, and has amassed favorable reviews. Roxanne Assaf of the Huffington Post wrote “Strains of music dovetail with what is the largest collection of Bach-inspired visual art ever amassed…it is an antique subject elegantly rendered in an impossibly light 21st century container.” Jazz Review Magazine has described him as “an interpretive master who plays with fluidity, grace and passion.”


Hancoff has also diligently assembled what he describes as his “life’s work”, a four-volume iBook called Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for Cello Solo which is available for purchase. He also has the From Tragedy to Transformation collection available for download on iTunes.

MAC invites all community members, students, and visitors to attend this one-night event in the Tanner Theatre. The concert will occur at 8 pm on April 7, and attendees are welcome to arrive early for a viewing of the 2017 Monongalia County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition. Admission is $10 for the concert, available at the MAC Lobby Desk, online at, or by calling (304) 292-3325. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

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