Celebrate Bach’s 332nd birthday starting on March 21, beginning at midnight, when Curt Sather will begin a 24-hour performance, a pilgrimage of all the composer’s works written for organ, ending at midnight on March 22.
This marathon performance will be streamed around the world via www.bacharoundtheclock.net
The organ is the 3,800-pipe Schlicker originally built in 1967 and used for worship and notable concerts at Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle, and is now being installed at St. John’s.
In addition to honoring Bach, the marathon will help raise funds to complete the organ installation at St. John’s, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 USA. Donations in any amount are welcome and can be made on line or by mail. Challenge grants have been received to match the first donations up to $10,000
Food and beverages will be available for purchase during most of the hours of the marathon.
According to Sather, there are nearly 300 compositions, spanning Bach’s long life, beginning in his early teens and continuing until moments before his death at age 65. Organists sometimes present marathon recitals, but rarely of 24 hours.
Sather, the music director of St. John’s, is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music and has served at churches in several U.S. cities as well as in Florence, Italy. He also was on staff at Rosales Organ Builders in Los Angeles, creator of the main organ at St.James Cathedral, Seattle, and of the renowned instrument in Disney Hall.
When asked how he can play so long (midnight to midnight), Sather responded that “this is such great music that I’m never tired of it. Just like reading a great novel or traveling to a special destination I see this as an energizing pilgrimage.”
Curt Sather, St. John’s Episcopal Church, (360) 352-8527 x 104, firstname.lastname@example.org
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