By Jacob Stockinger
On today, Saturday, March 20, the inaugural Bach Around the Clock (BATC) will take place from noon to midnight in the chapel at the Pres House (below), 731 State Street, around the corner from the University Bookstore and across from the Library Mall and UW Faculty Club. It has a fine piano and a new organ that will get its first workout.
The community event is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio but will not be broadcast.
However there will be a live web cam you can go to at www.wpr.org in order to get more information and background, and to hear and see amateurs and professionals and students play Bach in order to greet the 325th birthday of Johann Sebastian on Sunday.
Here is a direct link to the live streaming web cam:
“I want it to be very relaxed and fun,” says Cheryl Dring (below), the music director at WPR who worked so hard to get this event started and recruit talent, and who hopes to expand it and make it an annual event.
Here is the tentative and impressive line-up:
Noon: harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson (below top) and the Madison Bach Musicians (below bottom) in movements form Cantata No. 78.
1 p.m.: Organist Alexander S. Ford from Verona playing Preludium in G, the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” chorale, and 3 of the 8 “Small Preludes and Fugues.”
2 p.m.: David Susan.
2:30 p.m.: Pianist Jacob Stockinger (The Ear turns Fingers) and flutist Laura Muller in the F Minor Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; movements from Partita No. 1 in B-flat and French Suite No. 4; the song “Bist du bei mir” and the “Siciliano” movement from the Flute Sonata No. 2.
3 p.m.: two piano students of area teacher Gloria Chuang (below).
3:30 p.m.: Susan Hollingsworth.
3:45 p.m.: Soprano Katherine Peck with pianist Dorothy Hui and flutist David Pierringer.
4 p.m.: Piano students of area teacher and UW voice coach Bill Lutes. Pieces include Two- and Three-Part Inventions, preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier; movements from the French Suite No. 6; and other works.
5:30 p.m.: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir (below) in selections from the “St. John Passion.”
6:30 p.m.: Madison Symphony Orchestra violinist Edith Hines (below) performing some solo violin works and sonatas.
7:30 p.m.: Mike McConnell.
8 p.m.: Organist John Krueger in various works.
9:30 p.m.: Chris Allen.
10-Midnight: UW organist and harpsichordist John Chappelle Stowe (below top in a photo by Katrin Talbot), violinist Edith Hines, Ancora String Quartet and Madison Symphony Orchestra violist Marika Fischer Hoyt (below bottom in a photo, also by Katrin Talbot).
If you go to Bach Around the Clock — or watch it on web cam — let us know what you thought of the event and the performances?
Do you use the live web cam?
Should it be held again next year?
How can it be improved?
The Ear wants to hear.