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Bach Around The Clock announces the BATC 2020 Virtual Festival

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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 has decided to try something new: the BATC 2020 Virtual Festival. We invite local musicians to submit video or audio recordings of themselves singing or playing a selection by J.S. Bach. If you’d like, you can also talk at the beginning of your recording, explaining what Bach’s music means to you, and why you chose this particular piece. Or feel free to write your thoughts on this subject, and we’ll include that text with your video.

We reach out especially to those who were scheduled to perform at this year’s festival, and those who have performed with us in the past, but we are very happy to include newcomers to our BATC community as well.

Performers can click here for  instructions for audio or video file submission. We request that files be of musical selections 20 minutes or less; if a piece is longer than that, please record the piece in 2 files. Our tech team will preview clips for technical quality, upload them to the BATC YouTube channel, and post them to the Virtual Festival Audience page on our website and then on our facebook page, for everyone to enjoy.

The Virtual Festival launched on Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 am, the time the original in-person Festival was scheduled to begin. We will add new videos every day at 10:00 am, as long as submissions keep coming in.

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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