Bach Around The Clock is a large Festival of Music: it includes about 300 performers, local and out of state, and offers 29 hours of consecutive musical performances in celebration of the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach which falls on March 21.
The Festival takes place on the weekend nearest to March 21. Bach Around the Clock presents a Wide Variety of Music, representative of the community at large, thereby including many different forms of Music as well as Dance, Yoga, Musical Theater, and other Surprises. The program has received the Mayor's Arts Award and many other recognitions.
21th Century Bach
The New Orleans Tricentennial musical and dance offerrings at Bach Around the Clock will resurrect original music by Albinas Prizgintas, some of which was written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: Four Fantasies on Bach; 3 songs (Save the City, Dustbowl, Treatise on Superfluous Things); and Danse du Feu (originally performed by the Eddie Toussaint Dance Co. for Mysteres de Quebec).
The song cycle will be sung by Vickie Thomas, soprano, accompanied by Albinas Prizgintas at the piano.
The 4 Fantasies on Bach will be performed by the the Albinas Prizgintas Kvartette, featuring Calvin Johnson, sax; Fritzgerald Barrau, trumpet; Ben Fox, bass; Albinas Prizgintas, keyboard.
The 4 Fantasies will be repeated at the French Quarter Festival at Ursaline Chapel on April 15 at 2 pm
The Danse du Feu will be performed by Albinas Prizgintas, organist, and danced by Nanette Ledet
"The aim and final reason for all music should be nothing else but the Glory of God and the refreshment of the the soul".
Here are some links to what has been:
Albinas at the organ plays Eugene Gigout’s Toccata with Nanette Ledet dance
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-beSxdbH0 played @ BATC 2010
Albinas plays his work Adagio d’Amore at the piano With Aaron Lind's Acro Yoga quartet
Albinas plays his work Dance du Feu on the organ with Aaron Lind's Acro Yoga quartet
Bach Around the Clock offers very diverse music and musicians all celebrating the birthday of J.S.Bach – Come experience everything from early baroque, to opera, blues, rock, jazz and classical organ, and of course, some Bach, too.
Here is a sampling of four Piano/Cello Beethoven pieces by Kent Jensen (Cello) and Albinas Prizgintas (Pianos) - ENJOY!
Over 300 performers - FREE Admission – sleeping bags welcomed
29 HOURS of Music, Dance, Yoga, Theatre, Poetry
In the past, our program included Albinas Prizgintas, on organ, piano and harpsichord playing BACH with other exceptional performers including the jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, pianist, Delfeayo Marsalis, trombonist, and Victor Atkins, pianist
Other program participants were:
*Navy Band Brass Ensemble
*“Ain’t Misbehavin” directed by Troy Poplous and performed by The Talented in Theatre Arts of MacDonogh 35
*Xavier Concert Choir directed by John Ware
*Michaela Fiesta Flamenca and her ensemble perform Tangle into Tangos
*The Bottom Feeders,12 men from Minnesota singing American folk songs and sacred chants from Africa to Italy, Japan to India
*LPO Chamber orchestra, New Orleans Concert Band, Slidell Community Orchestra
*YOGA choreography by Nanette Ledet, Aaron Lind
*Loyola Orchestra directed by Jean Montes
*Loyola University Woodwind virtuosi directed by John Reeks
*New Orleans Trombone Choir, High Ground Drifters Blue Grass Band, Chip Wilson, guitarist
*GNYO Orchestra and Sinfonia directed by Kent Jensen
*Pianists, Saxophonists, Clarinetists, from UNO, Loyola,
*Morella and the Wheels Of It, and many many more…..
This is a community oriented cultural event, reviewed by NPR on several occasions and awarded many awards. In addition to music, you will find dance, yoga, martial arts,poetry, and other art forms.
This is a great artistic event and we welcome you to join us. NOPD security and Refreshments provided – Sleeping bags are welcome for Friday night. Remember that you may come and go as you please but please be respectful of others
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Thank you for your patronage. Albinas and Manon look forward to seeing you this year and we welcome you to join us.
Here is an image from our event in 2009! Hard to imagine it was that long ago! It was truly tribute to BACH.