Our next performance will be as part of the third annual “Bach around the Clock,” held on Saturday, March 17, from noon to midnight at the Pres House, 731 State Street, Madison (on Library Mall, near the Chazen Museum of Art). The event, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Pres House and hosted by WPR Music Director Cheryl Dring, is styled “a community-wide celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday” and truly lives up to that description. Performances in 2010 and 2011 included everything from young piano students playing two-part inventions to the Wisconsin Chamber Choir singing chorales from the St. John Passion, from a saxophonist playing transcriptions of string music to solo and ensemble performances by UW School of Music students and local early music professionals.
Ensemble SDG participated in the first two Bach around the Clock fests, and this year will be no exception. Edith will kick off the celebration at noon with the Ciaccona from the Partita in D minor. Then between 9:30 and 10:20 p.m., we will play the Sonata in G major (BWV 1019) and the Fugue in G minor (BWV 1026) and Chappy will play the English Suite in F major.
And lest you tire of hearing Bach, here’s an incentive: if you stick around until midnight, there is birthday cake!