Outreach: BATC at the Chazen!


BATC is thrilled to connect with the Chazen Museum of Art.  Three ensembles will represent the Festival on March 4th, with an all-Bach program including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Bach selections from Suzuki Books 1-1, and the dramatic Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052.

This concert is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Join us, in person in Gallery III, or via livestream on the museum’s website.

Interview on WORT: Carol Moseson


WORT Interview 2.0:  Because if some airtime is good, more is better!

On Sunday, Feb. 25, BATC Artistic Director Marika Fischer Hoyt visits the Musica Antiqua show during the 10:00 am hour Central Time.  She’ll chat with music host Carol Moseson about the upcoming festival, with more recordings from the 2017 festival.

Tune in at 89.9 FM, or listen online from the link on their website at

Interview on WORT: Rich Samuels


Tune in, Bach fans!

On Thursday, Feb. 22, radio host Rich Samuels interviews BATC Artistic Director Marika Fischer Hoyt about the upcoming festival, with many recordings of performances from the 2017 festival.

It all begins at 7:08 am Central Time; tune in at 89.9 FM, or listen online from the link on their website at



Announcing an Anonymous Challenge Grant!


This post brings you some exciting news:

An anonymous donor has come forward to offer a matching challenge grant of up to $2,000. That means that when you donate now, a contribution of equal value comes from an unnamed supporter, effectively doubling the impact of your giving. If you give $10, it’s matched by another $10 and the BATC receives a total of $20.

Matching will continue cumulatively up to $2,000 of donations – $2,000 from you and other donors, plus $2,000 in matching funds, totaling $4,000 in funds raised for BATC. This funding will be used to cover the cost of the sound engineers who record and livestream the festival, the fee for the attorneys who handled the 501(c)(3) application, and the one-day event insurance policy.

To donate online with a PayPal account or credit card, click HERE.
Or, you can make a check out to Bach Around The Clock, and send it to:
Bach Around The Clock, 1902 Rowley Avenue, Madison, WI 53726.

We’ll be posting regularly on our website and facebook page over the next few days, to let you know how much of the challenge amount we’ve raised.  We’d love to raise all $2,000 needed to max out our challenge grant, and every donation helps!

We are so grateful to all of you who support BATC, and especially to our anonymous friend, who is spearheading this initiative.

Bach Around The Clock is a 501(c)(3) organization; your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law, and your name will be included on our Acknowledgments page.

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).