Before Bach’s Birthday Bash

March 18, 2023 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Place : Sanctuary
Cost : Free & Open to the Public

March 18, Saturday from 9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of five hour-long concerts devoted primarily to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, presented this year at various venues in Minneapolis:

9:00-10:00 AM – St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove Street)
2013 Foley-Baker (4 manuals, 87 stops, 80 ranks)

10:30-11:30 AM – Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue)
1979 Sipe (4 manuals, 55 stops/78 ranks)

1:00-2:00 PM – 1st Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (900 Mount Curve Avenue)
1961 Holtkamp (3 manuals, 27 stops, 35 ranks)

2:30-3:30 PM – Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
1980 Jaeckel (19 stops, 28-ranks)

BACH: Organ Concerto in d, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi Op. 3, no. 11) 12:00
Samuel Backman, organ

C. P. E. BACH: Organ Sonata in F, H. 84 ca 9′
Allegro – Largo – Allegrettp
Mark Overman, organ

BACH: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, BWV 1015  ca 14′
(Dolce) – Allegro assai – Andante un poco – Presto
Elizabeth Bergman, violin; Garrett Ross, piano

BACH: Miscellaneous Chorale-preludes:  ca 17′
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729  ca 3′
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721  ca 4
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639  ca 2’40”
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV 618  ca 3’30”
Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679  ca 2’30”
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 631  ca 1’30”
      Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
      and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
      come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid,
      To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Bruce Jacobs, organ

4:00-5:00 PM – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1917 Logan Avenue South)
1998 Dobson (2 manuals, 36 stops, 45 ranks)

All events are free (donations accepted) and open to the public.  Join us for the entire day, or at any of the five individual destinations.  The first hour’s program will be broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities).

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