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Bach Around the Clock 2022!

March 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

A free community-wide marathon celebration of the music and majesty of Johann Sebastian Bach. From sunup to sundown, you’ll hear superb string soloists, renowned organists, guitarists, pianists, choirs, & brilliant ensembles, performing the inspiring and moving works of “the immortal god of harmony.



Heifetz Ensemble in Residence [HEIR] Performers and other Heifetz alums and family begin our daylong celebration with Bach for Strings – from solo selections to a beloved orchestral suite, and a preview of complete works to come.
Heifetz Institute Ensemble In Residence, Alumni & Guests

10:00 AM – The Bach Cello Suites

Yeesun Kim

Borromeo Quartet cellist & Heifetz Institute faculty member Yeesun Kim plays three of Bach’s landmark Suites for Solo Cello
Yeesun Kim Kitchen, cello

11:00 AM – Bach for Kids: “Peep The Piper”

Learn about the pipe organ and its repertoire in a fun and accessible way! “Peep the Piper” is a  multi-media demonstration of the organ developed by Swiss organist and composer Guy Bovet which has proven to be enjoyable for anyone who loves music at any level.
Bálint Karosi, Organ

11:45 AM:  The Sonatas and Partitas – A Solo Journey

Yeesun Kim

Heifetz Institute & Borromeo Quartet Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchens performs the complete Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, including the searing Chaconne, and breathtaking Adagio & Fugue.
Nicholas Kitchen, violin

2:00 PM – Bach. the Lutheran Theologian

Yeesun Kim

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Director of Music performs Excerpts from Clavierübung III – The Catechism Chorales on the Taylor & Boody Op. 24 organ, interspersed with related Bach Chorales sung by the Bach Around The Clock Chamber Choir soloists.
Florence Jowers, organ; Bach Around the Clock Chamber Choir Soloists:
Sheila Dietrich, soprano
Biraj Barkakaty, countertenor
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Adrian Smith, bass

3:00 PM – Bach from the AGO

Yeesun Kim

Five members of the Charlottesville-Albemarle chapter of the American Guild of Organists join in our day-long celebration with a selection of Bach’s memorable works for the King of Instruments.

4:00 PM – The Archguitar Duo Plays Bach

Yeesun Kim

Peter Blanchette, renowned Bach interpreter and inventor of the unique 11-string Archguitar, returns to Staunton with his Spanish duet partner Mané Lareggla for an hour of Bach that will be breathtaking in its virtuosity and heart-melting in its beauty.. 
Peter Blanchette & Mané Lareggla, archguitars

5:00 PM – On Beyond Bach: CPE Bach and the Future of Music

Jingxuan Zhang

He may have been the guardian of his father’s famous flames, but Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was also one of the most radical composers of the 18th century. “What makes these keyboard pieces pop is their unpredictability,” declares NPR. “Throughout — especially in the opening movements of the sonatas — the impetuous mood swings, curious key changes, whiplash stops and starts and deceptive cadences leave you wondering (gleefully) if this isn’t the musical equivalent to ADHD.”  The inimitable Jing brings the music of the most famous son of Bach to vivid life. Jingxuan Zhang, piano

6:00 PM – A Bach Potpourri from EMA

Jingxuan Zhang

David McCormick, founder of the Early Music Access Project and the freshly-minted Executive Director of Early Music America, and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners, presenters, and administrators in the world of Early Music, showcases his performance chops on the Baroque violin, joined by fellow Charlottesville artists Alex Johnson and Shannon O’Leary.
David McCormick, violin
Alex Johnson, organ/harpsichord
Shannon O’Leary, soprano

6:30 PM – “All of Bach” – Balint Karosi in Recital

Since winning the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2008, organist, composer, and conductor Bálint Karosi has been recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the music of J. S. Bach worldwide. His All of Bach project, launched in 2020, led him to create a series of Bach recitals on great organs throughout the US and Europe…including a stop right here in Staunton.

Bálint Karosi, organ

7:30 PM – Grand Finale: The Cantata Hour

Our day-long celebration journeys from darkness to light, beginning with the lament of indescribable grief from The St. John Passion, and concluding with two of Bach’s most heartfelt cantatas, from sorrow to serenity.
Staunton Bach Orchestra, Heifetz Ensemble in Residence, BATC Choir, and soloists; Paul Weber, Music Director

Bach Around the Clock 2022 is supported by

Christ Lutheran Church
Staunton, VA


Christ Lutheran Church
2807 North Augusta Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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