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Bach Around the Clock 2021!

Our annual marathon celebration of J.S. Bach’s birthday features the world premiere of Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen’s arrangement of Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by the Borromeo String Quartet and presented alongside keyboard performances by alumni, faculty, and special guests.

Featuring fresh performances from:

The Heifetz Institute Ensemble In Residence

The Borromeo String Quartet

Staunton Music Festival

Three Notch’d Road – The Virginia Baroque Ensemble

Garth Newel Music Festival

The Bach Around The Clock Chorus, Paul Weber, Music Director

Florence Jowers, Organ

Peter Blanchette, Archguitar

Tune in here for 12 hours of Bach programming from sun up to sun down

Tune in here for 12 hours of Bach programming from sun up to sun down

Scheduled Performances

(click to expand each program)

09:00 AM - HOUR I: Bach: In the Key of C

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
I. Prelude
Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello
Great Hall, Blackburn Inn & Conference Center – Staunton, VA

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
I. Grave
II. Fuga
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
Fiona Hughes, violin (Three Notch’d Road)
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Prelude & Fugue In C major from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846
Borromeo String Quartet
Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA

Prelude & Fugue In C major from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 870
Jingxuan Zhang, piano
Durham, NC

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
II. Allemande
Christine J. Lee, cello
Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, VA

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
II. Largo
Maya Ito Johnson, violin
Atlanta, GA

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
IV. Sarabande
V. Gigue
Molly Wise, viola
Houston, TX

10:00 AM - HOUR II: The Adventure Begins: Bach: Well-Tempered & Re-Imagined

Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major (Book II, WTC), BWV 870
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Prelude & Fugue In A minor, from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 871
Prelude & Fugue in E major, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 854
Peter Blanchette, Archguitar
Northampton, MA

Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 871
Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major (Book II, WTC), BWV 872
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (“Exult in God in Every Land!”)
Aria from Cantata BWV 51
Paul Weber, Music Director
Autry Harper, soprano
Nick Harvey, trumpet
Virginia Bolena, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Preludio fr. Cantata BWV 29, arr. by Sam Suggs
Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Sam Suggs, doublebass
Blackfriars Playhouse – Staunton, VA

Laudamus Te from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
David Stern, conductor; Adèle Charvet, soprano; Katharina Wolff Stern, violin; Opera Fuoco Orchestra
St. Thomas Church – Leipzig, Germany

11:00 AM - HOUR III: Bach, Burnished & Burly from Garth Newel

Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 873
Sheng-Yuan Kuan, piano
Lynn University Conservatory of Music – Miami, FL

Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 873
Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major (Book II, WTC) BWV 874
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 – I. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 – III. Largo
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 – I. Preludio
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Garth Newel Music Festival: Isaac Melamed, cello; Teresa Lang, violin; Jeannette Fang, piano
Garth Newel Music Barn – Warm Springs, VA

12:00 PM - HOUR IV: A Bach Brandenburg from the Staunton Music Festival

Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor, (Book II, WTC) BWV 875
Jeannette Fang, piano
Garth Newel Music Barn – Warm Springs, VA

Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor, (Book II, WTC) BWV 875
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
St. Stephen’s Church – Durham, NC

Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major (Book II, WTC), BWV 876
Joseph Kitchen, organ
St. Stephen’s Church – Durham, NC

Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major (Book II, WTC), BWV 876
Prelude & Fugue No.8 in D-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 877
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Jason Stell, Executive Director, Staunton Music Festival”Staunton, VA
Staunton Music Festival Orchestra:
Iammanuel Davis, flute solo; Plamena Nikitassova, violin solo; Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord solo; Aisslinn Nosky, violin; Kyle Miller, viola; Michael Unterman, cello; Erik Higgins, violone
Trinity Episcopal Church – Staunton, VA

01:00 PM - Hour V: Toccatas, Fantasias, Preludes...and FUGUES (Oh My!)

Prelude & Fugue No.9 in E major (Book II, WTC), BWV 878
Lynne Mackey, harpsichord
Staunton, VA

Prelude & Fugue No.9 in E major (Book II, WTC), BWV 878
Prelude & Fugue No. No. 10 in E minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 879
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Toccata & Fugue in D minor (“Dorian”), BWV 538
Pastorella in F major, BWV 590 – I. Pastorale; II. Allemande
Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Pastorella in F major, BWV 590 – III. Aria; IV. Gigue
Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Florence Jowers, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

02:00 PM - Hour VI: A Mighty Fortress

Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major (Book II, WTC), BWV 880
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major (Book II, WTC), BWV 880
Joseph Kitchen, organ
St. Stephen’s Church – Durtham, NC

Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 881
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Komm in mein Herzenshaus (“Come into my heart’s house”)
Aria fr. Cantata BWV 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”)
Megan Sharp, soprano; Adam Carter, cello; Jonathan Shakel, organ
Westminster Presbyterian Church – Charlottesville, VA

Schafe können sicher weiden (“Sheep May Safely Graze”) fr. Cantata BWV 208, Was mir behagtt, ist nur die muntre Jagd (“Hunting Cantata”)
Nancy Dennis, soprano; Florence Jowers, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
V. Ciaccona
Nigel Armstrong, violin
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

03:00 PM - Hour VII: Bach, Borrowed

Mozart: Prelude (Adagio) No. 3 in F, K. 404a
Bach, arr. Mozart: Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major (Book II, WTC), BWV 882
Yezu Woo, violin; Matt Cohen, viola; Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello
Great Hall, Blackburn Inn & Conference Center – Staunton, VA

Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major (Book II, WTC), BWV 882
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 883
Yoon Lee, piano
New York, NY

Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 883
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Little Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 – I. Adagio; IV. Presto
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Fantasy & Fugue in B minor, BWV 537
Deke Polifka, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Ich traue seiner Gnaden (“I trust His grace”)
Aria with violin obbligato from Cantata BWV. 97
Brian Thorsett, tenor; Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Yeesun Kim, cello; Florence Jowers, organ; Paul Weber, conductor
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
I. Prelude
Matthew Cohen, viola
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Sonata for Banjo & Organ, BWV 1030 b – excerpt
John Bullard, banjo; Florence Jowers, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

04:00 PM - Hour VIII: The Heart(beat) of Bach

Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major (Book II, WTC), BWV 884
Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 885
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt – Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (“My heart may swim in tears, but I give you my heart”)
Recitative & Aria from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Kaitlyn Townsend, soprano; Florence Jowers, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, BWV 1002
III. Andante
Fiona Hughes, baroque violin
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1003
III. Largo
Yezu Woo, violin
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Widerstehe doch der Sünde (“Just Resist Sin”) – Cantata BWV 54
I. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde
II. Recitative: Die Art verruchter Sünden
III. Aria: Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel”
Charles Humphries, countertenor; Madison Vest, Sein An, violin; Molly Wise; Rainel Joubert, viola; Noemie Raymond-Friset, Ana Cristina Abrantes, cello; Kenneth Miller, organ; Paul Weber, conductor
Christ Evangelical Church – Staunton, VA

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1056
I.​ Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non tanto
III. Allegro
Paul Neubauer, Michael Klotz, viola; Antonio Lysy, Timothy Eddy, Thomas Mesa, cello; James Peterson, doublebass; Andrew Rosenblum, harpsichord
Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, VA

05:00 PM - Hour IX: French Suite & A Five-String

Prelude & Fugue No.17 in A-flat major (Book II, WTC), BWV 886
Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 887
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
III. Sarabande
IV. Gavotte
V. Bouree
Stefan Petrov, piano
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Mein Jesus soll mein alles sein (“My Jesus Shall be All to Me”)
Aria from Canata BWV 75, Die Elenden sollen essen
Samuel Johnson, tenor; Florence Jowers, organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
I. Prelude
II.Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Gavotte I & II
VI. Gigue
Beiliang Zhu, 5-string baroque cello
Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, VA

06:00 PM - Hour X: The A-J-A Sonata

Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major (Book II, WTC), BWV 888
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 889
Yoon Lee, piano
New York, NY

Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 889
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
I. Prelude
Andrew Gonzalez, Viola Da Spalla
Philadelphia, PA

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
I. Adagio (Christ Evangelical Church – Staunton, VA)
II. Fugue (Washington DC)
Julia Angelov, violin

III. Siciliano
Will Josseloff, violin (Bethesda, MD)

IV. Presto
Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo, violin (Cordoba, Spain)

Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910
Andrew Rosenblum, harpsichord
Chicago, IL

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Grigory Kalinovsky, violin; Xiaonan Huang, violin; Esther Roestan, violin; Erica Gailing, viola; Carrie Jones, viola; Myeong-Hoon Park, viola; Clare Bradford, cello; Nicholas Mariscal, cello; Nora Doyle, cello; Tadhg Sauvey, cello continuo; Josiah Yoo, cello continuo Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, VA

07:00 PM - Hour XI: Glory

Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major (Book II, WTC), BWV 888
Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B-flat minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 891
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Chorale Prelude, Allein Gott in der Höh’ (“Glory To God On High”), BWV 717
Deke Polifka, organ
St. Paul’s Memorial Church – Charlottesville, VA

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 21
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (“I had much grief”)
BATC Chamber Soloists: Jessica Warren, oboe; Yezu Woo, Julia Angelov, violins; Matt Cohen, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church- Staunton, VA

08:00 PM - The Final Hour: Vocalise, featuring Charles Humphries & Brian Thorsett

Prelude & Fugue No. 23 in B major (Book II, WTC), BWV 892
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 893
Beilin Han, piano
National Conservatory – Lisbon, Portgual

Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor (Book II, WTC), BWV 893
Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello
The Kitchen Studio – Boston, MA

Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht (“Do Not Be Ashamed, Oh Soul”)
Aria from Cantata BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
Charles Humphries, countertenor; Jessica Warren, oboe d’amore; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Hilf Jesu, hilf, dass ich auch dich bekenne (“Help, Jesus, help that I may also acknowledge you”)
Aria from Cantata BWV 147
Brian Thorsett, tenor; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Woferne du den edlen Frieden (“If You Wish a Noble Peace”)
Aria with viola obbligato from Cantata BWV 41, Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, Cantata for New Year’s Day”
Brian Thorsett, tenor; Matt Cohen, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Saget, saget mir geschminde (“Tell me, tell me quickly”)
Aria with oboe d’amore obbligato from the Easter Oratorio. BWV 249
Charles Humphries, countertenor; Jessica Warren, oboe d’amore; Julia Angelov, Yezu Woo, violins; Matt Cohen, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein (“To be Happy in Jesus’ Life”)
Recitative & Arioso from Cantata BWV 66, Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, Cantata for the Second Day of Easter
Charles Humphries, countertenor; Brian Thorsett, tenor; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

Ich furchte nicht des Grabes Finsternissen (“I do not fear the Darkness of the Grave”)
Aria (Duetto) from Cantata BWV 66
Brian Thorsett, tenor; Charles Humphries, countertenor; Yezu Woo, violin; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Florence Jowers, portative organ
Christ Lutheran Church – Staunton, VA

The Majesty – And Mystery – of Bach

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Links, Lore, & Lagniappe

The J.S. Bach Home Page:  An extensive biography, tour of Bach’s life in Germany, catalog of his works, bibliography, recommended recordings, and more.

J.S. Bach Research Website of the Bach Museum in Leipzig, the world’s premier research center for the life and works of the entire Bach family.

Bach on Bach A website devoted to all things Sebastian Bach (and the providers of the striking cover image for Bach Around The Clock!).

Bach In The Subways Bach Around The Clock in Staunton is just a part of a global phenomenon of Bach performances around the globe – Find them all at this website!

BBC Musics Bach stories, audio, and videos

Classic FMs “Fast and Friendly Guide to Bach” and a lot of other goodies

Bach Around the Clock Video Playlist

Highlights of performances from our one-day festival from years past

Chock Full o’ Bach Video Playlist

Our weekly dose of Bach, from Heifetz alumni, faculty, & special guests

Scenes From Bach Around the Clock