It has been my tradition to play a recital on the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach for many years. This year, on Tuesday 21 March, 2017, I will perform all of the extant organ works of Bach on a 24-hour marathon, midnight to midnight, with brief breaks every couple hours.
There are nearly 300 pieces, some of which are rarely performed in recitals. The diversity of pieces, in style, length, and purpose, span the composer’s long life. The earliest pieces probably date from when he was 15, the final pieces from his final 65th year. There are a number of pieces which have not been authenticated as being by Bach, but, unless another composer has been determined, I will include these pieces as well.
People have asked how I can play for 24 hours. This is such great music that I’m never tired of it. Just like reading a great Russian novel or traveling to a special destination, I see this project as a pilgrimage. The music is intensely spiritual and it continues to feed me in so many ways.
Please join me on Tuesday 21 March, 2017, 12 midnight – 12 midnight, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501.