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Bach Around The Clock 2020 Virtual Festival was a success!

The BATC Board of Directors shares the keen disappointment that all music lovers feel at the sudden, shocking collapse of the current concert season. The BATC 2020 Festival was fully booked, and we had looked forward to 12 hours of Bach’s music, performed by musicians ranging from young students to adult amateurs to seasoned professionals, all to celebrate the composer’s 335th birthday. Sadly, that was not to be.

But thinking outside of the box, the Board decided to try something new: the BATC 2020 Virtual Festival. We invited local musicians to submit video or audio recordings of themselves singing or playing a selection by J.S. Bach. We were gratified by the response from performers (27 performances were submitted) and also from the community of listeners.

The Virtual Festival launched on Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 am, the time the original in-person Festival was scheduled to begin. Videos were added every day at 10:00 am, until the event was closed for new submissions on April 5.

The BATC Board hopes this Virtual Festival gives local musicians an outlet for sharing their talent and passion with the warmly appreciative local community. Live music nourishes the soul of performer and audience member alike, and the transcendent, life-giving joy woven into the music of J.S. Bach is something we need, now more than ever.

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