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, .

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

BATC is one of more than 80 Events during ‘Early Music Month’

Early Music America, an organization which fosters awareness and performance of early music, has designated the month of March as ‘Early Music Month.’  Doubtless, the choice of this month was influenced by the fact that two major early composers were born in March, Telemann (on the 14th) and J.S. Bach (on the 21st).

EMA invites organizations across North America to register as ‘Partners’ of Early Music month, and to list their event on a calendar.

EMA has announced that nearly 25o registered partners have listed more than 80 events; click here for the complete list.


Solo Violinist on board for Brandenburg No. 5!

Many thanks to Nathan Giglierano for stepping up to the plate!  He joins flutist Danielle Breisach and pianist Daniel Syverson as soloists in the effervescent Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

The Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 is scheduled for 6:30 pm, on Saturday, March 18.

A little about Nathan:

Violinist Nathan Giglierano has performed across Europe, Central and North America. Nathan graduated with his Bachelor’s in Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald, and recently earned his Master’s degree from UW-Madison under the tutelage of David Perry. Nathan also served as a teaching assistant in the Music Theory department at UW-Madison. In addition to playing and teaching music, Nathan loves photography and cooking with his wife, Gillian.