100 Days Until BATC 2018!


We’re 100 days out from BATC 2018, and excited to share the news!  We’ve kept many aspects of BATC from the previous year:  it will be held once more at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Regent Street in Madison, will be recorded and live-streamed by the crew from Audio for the Arts, will open with soloists and ensembles from the St. Andrew’s congregation and proceed with performances by beginners, college students, faculty, amateurs and professionals from the Madison community and far beyond, will have music hosts to introduce each act, and will include use of the comfortable Parish Hall, with comfortable couches, refreshments, and free wifi.

EMA Grant Awarded to BATC!

It is with joy and pride that we announce that BATC has been awarded an Outreach Grant from Early Music America, for next year’s event.

Our goal is to make BATC as widely accessible as possible. This award will help fund the live streaming which enables people to view it remotely.  In March 2017 people viewed our performances from as far away as London, England!

Click here to learn more about Early Music America and this grant.

And thank you, EMA!


Glowing Review of BATC IV, from The Well-Tempered Ear

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Thank you to Jake Stockinger, for your attendance, your positive feedback, and the many photos you took with that silent-shutter, non-flash camera of yours.

BATC participants should indeed take pride in the event we helped create:  9½ hours of Sonatas, Cantatas, Toccatas, Partitas, Concertos, Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues, Chorales, and more, everything from ‘Minuet in G’ to the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 & 5.

Plans are already underway for BATC V; in the meantime, take a moment to relive the “remarkable community event” that took place last Saturday.

Click here for The Well-Tempered Ear’s post.

Broadcast on WORT Thursday morning!


Rich Samuels, host of ‘Anything Goes’ on WORT 89.9 FM, will broadcast a recording of the Brandenburg Concerto #3, at 7:08 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The recording is from a live performance from BATC 2017, featuring Kangwon Kim, Nathan and Gillian Giglierano, violins; Micah Behr, Marika Fischer Hoyt, and Ilana Schroeder, violas; Martha Vallon, Eric Miller, and Mark Bridges, cellos, and Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord.

This is a period-instrument ensemble, tuned to the lower baroque pitch of A=415 (about a half-step lower then the modern pitch of A=440).

Today’s The Day; It’s Showtime!


It’s March 18, and all the months of planning, preparation, rehearsal and promotion are culminating today!

We’re going *most* of the way around the clock with Bach, starting at 12 noon and ending at 9:30 pm.

Join us in person at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at 1833 Regent Street in Madison, or tune in via our live stream, available on this website, as well as the websites of St. Andrew’s Church, WORT, and Audio for the Arts.

Click here for Live Stream!

BATC visits WPR!


This afternoon, four BATC players headed to the Buck Studio, at the WPR station in Madison.  Host Norman Gilliland conducted a relaxed yet very informative interview, and the ensemble, with the self-dubbed name of The Fugal Players, played Contrapunctus I and VI from the Art of the Fugue.

It went well, and we let listeners know they could hear this piece, and many more, in person or over the live stream, on Saturday from noon – midnight.

If you missed the interview, you can hear the archived recording of it.

Click here for the link to the WPR posting.

WORT offers feature article on BATC


Madison’s excellent community radio station, WORT, just added a feature article on BATC to their website.

WORT is contributing several of its classical music hosts:  Rich Samuels, Alan Muirhead, and John Barker, to serve as M.C. during Bach Around The Clock.  For those who can’t get to St. Andrew’s on Saturday, WORT will carry audio/video live streaming of the whole event.

You can tune into the live stream on their website, wortfm.org .

Thank you for all your support, WORT, and for all you contribute to our community!

Click here for the WORT article

BATC on The Midday!

Tune in Thursday, March 16 from 12:00 – 12:30 pm, to hear BATC interviewed by Norman Gilliland on WPR.  Violinists Nathan Giglierano and Eleanor Bartsch, violist Marika Fischer Hoyt, and Eric Miller on viola da gamba, play movements from the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach, and answer questions about the upcoming Bach playathon on March 18.

You can tune in at your local WPR station, or online at WPR.org.