"Before Bach's Birthday" Bash

March 17, 2012

St. Paul, Minn. — Plan ahead to participate in the "Before Bach's Birthday" Bash on March 17, 2012, a sequence of five hour-long all-Bach performance events at four Minneapolis churches, featuring organists, pianists, singers and other instrumentalists in advance celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's 327th Birthday (which comes on Wednesday, March 21)

Performances will take place as follows:

9:00-10:00 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis) featuring the 78-rank 1980 Robert Sipe pipe organ

1:00-2:00 p.m. at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (2020 West Lake of the Isle Boulevard, Minneapolis) featuring the 28-rank 1980 Daniel Jaeckel pipe organ

2:30-3:30 p.m. at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis) featuring the 35-rank 1998 Dobson pipe organ

4:00-5:00 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church (1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis) featuring the 89-rank 1981 Holtkamp pipe organ

All performances are free, and the first hour's program will be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities; also streamed live online at www.classicalminnesotapublicradio.org) and feature members and friends of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, student musicians from the University of Minnesota School of Music, and members of the Bach Society of Minnesota.

Playlist

BACH: Prelude in E-flat, BWV 552a — Don Livingston, organ

BACH: Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in g#, BWV 863 (WTC Book 1) — Miryana Moteva, piano

BACH: Two Arias: Ichfolgedir (I follow thee with gladdening paces) and Betrachte, meine Seel (Observe now, my soul), from St. John Passion, BWV 245 - soloists from the Bach Society of Minnesota, Paul Boehnke, director; Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Aaron Larson, bass; David Lawrence, traverse; Jin Kim/Miriam Scholz — Carlson, violin; Julie Elhard, cello; Sara Thompson, bass; Donald Livingston, organ

BACH: Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in f#, BWV 883 (WTC Book 2) — Minjeong Shin, piano

HACKETT: Chorale-prelude, Londonderry Air (in the Style of Bach) — Andrew Hackett, organ

BACH: Piece d'orgue (Fantasy in G), BWV 572 — Sharon Kleckner, organ

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