Bach Around The Clock is Madison, Wisconsin’s annual celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Held every March in honor of Bach’s birthday (March 21), it offers all members of the musical community, from young students to seasoned professionals, the opportunity to perform selections by this sublime composer, to an appreciative audience.
The BATC 2021 festival was virtual; prerecorded performances were presented online in daily segments and special events from March 17-26. Our theme for the 2021 festival was “Building Bridges Through Bach”, highlighting the many ways that Bach’s music is enjoyed by performers and audiences from our diverse community.
Performances were submitted by over 85 local professional and amateur musicians of all ages. We’ve heard Bach performed on traditional instruments like violin, viola, cello, oboe, bassoon, piano, and organ, as well as more unusual instruments like clavichord, 6-string electric bass, marimba, and saxophone quartet! We are so grateful to all the participants who volunteered to share their talents. All performances will continue to be available our website here and on the Bach Around The Clock-Madison YouTube Channel.
Plans are now underway for the 2022 festival. Dates and details will be available soon. Performance requests are welcome. Use the form on the contact/sign up page here.
Photos of some of the BATC 2021 performers (clockwise from upper left): Josh Cohen; Midori Samson; Rebekah May; Alexa and Mena Garber with Jung Won Lim; Gift Akere; Ossian, Faolan, and Kara Rogers.