9:00 AM

The Well-Tempered Clavier with Dr. Joe Kitchen

Our Big Bach Day begins with Dr. Joseph Kitchen (recognize the last name?) , who offers a selection of some of Bach's most beloved Preludes and Fugues from the composer's series of seminal keyboard works. He will also share some fascinating insights into the mathematical mind of Bach.Joseph Kitchen, piano
9:30 AM

The Well-Tempered Quartet

The acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, Ensemble in Residence at the Heifetz International Music Institute during the summer months, and New England Conservatory the rest of the year, unveils a brand-new string-quartet arrangement of Book II of Bach's Well-Tempered Claiver, fashioned by the quartet's first violinist (and Heifetz Institute Artistic Director) Nicholas Kitchen.BORROMEO STRING QUARTET
Nicholas Kitchen, violin;
Kristopher Tong, violin;
Mai Motobuchi, viola;
Yeesun Kim, cello
Jingxuan Zhang Bach Heifetz11:00 AM

Bach's Opus One

J.S. Bach didn't get around to actually publishing his own music until his mid-forties. Heifetz Institute alumni pianist Jingxuan Zhang plays three of the pieces that Bach chose to showcase in his first published folio. Jingxuan Zhang, piano
12:00 PMBach for KidsAn introduction for kids of all ages to the genius and beauty of Bach's music through performance and demonstration.Camille Dierksheide, soprano, and special guests!
12:30 PMBach and SonHeifetz Institute faculty keyboardist Andrew Rosenblum, medalist at the 2018 Leipzig Bach Competition, playss works by J.S. & C.P.E. BachAndrew Rosenblum, piano & harpsichord
1:00 PM The Mary Baldwin University Choir Performs BachUnder the dynamic leadership of new director Craig Robertson, the MBU Concert Choir performs a pair of Bach's most sublime choral works. Mary Baldwin Concert Choir, Craig Robertston, Music Director
1:30 PMBach On the Viola Da SpallaHear a Bach Cello Suite performed on the unusual "arm cello" from Bach's time, played by Heifetz virtuoso Andrew Gonzalez. Andrew Gonzalez, viola da spalla
Florence Jowers Organ Bach Heifetz2:00 PMBach in the Belfry: Florence Jowers, OrganChrist Lutheran Church's Director of Music performs
powerful fugues and affecting chorale preludes of Bach on the magnificent Taylor & Boody organ.
Florence Jowers, organ
3:00 PMStrings and Organ: Heifetz Musicians & Charlottesville OrganistsMembers of the Charlottesville-Albemarle chapter of the American Guild of Organists join in our day-long celebration with a selection of Bach's memorable works for the King of Instruments, alternating with solo performances by award-winning alums from the Heifetz Institute.Rachell Wong & Nigel Armstrong, violin; Coleman Itzkoff, cello

Roger Daggy, Larry Smith, Alice Layman, Barbara Moore, Jonathan Schaekel, Louise Temple-Rosebrook, organ
5:00 PMA Bach Birthday Cake Break! Happy 335th JSB! Enjoy a slice of Bach Birthday Cake, with a complimentary cup of java from Crucible Coffee Roasters.
5:15 PMBach: Minutes and MomentsThe Heifetz Institute's Benjamin Roe shares some short features on the life and times of J.S. Bach, originally aired on WGBH in Boston. Benjamin K. Roe, host
5:30 PMCome Ye Sons of ArchWe welcome back guitar whiz Peter Blanchette, the inventor of the 11-string "Archguitar" who dazzled our first BATC audience in 2018. Peter will be joined by new archguitar duo partner Mané Larregla for a 22-string Bach feast! Peter Blanchette & Mané Larregla, archguitars
6:30 PMFrom Arizona to Augusta: A Bach Recital from Kimberly Marshall, organNoted Arizona State University organist Kimberly Marshall makes her Staunton debut with a program of Toccatas, Trio Sonatas, Concertos and a Canzona from the mighty pen of Bach. Kimberly Marshall, organ
Paul Weber Bach Around the Clock 2019 Staunton VA7:30 PM

Grand Finale: Arias, Duets & Bach's First Cantata

Our day-long celebration wraps up with a rousing finale of Bach's most beloved arias, duets, and chorales, including a complete performance of the Cantata No. 131. Staunton Bach Orchestra, BATC Choir, and soloists; Paul Weber, Music Director


Bach Around the Clock 2020 is part of Early Music Month, a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music each March throughout the North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever.  Check the EMA Calendar for more Early Music Month events near you!