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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.“
PROGRAM & SCHEDULE
9:00 AM: A BACH STRING SAMPLER
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
11:00 AM – Bach for Kids: “Peep The Piper”
11:45 AM: The Sonatas and Partitas – A Solo Journey
2:00 PM – Bach. the Lutheran Theologian
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
4:00 PM – The Archguitar Duo Plays Bach
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
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
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