On the Saturday closest to Bach’s birthday (March 21), the Worcester Chapter presents a 12-hour concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. His music for organ, harpsichord, strings, and voices will be featured including many of the Worcester area’s finest musicians performing to benefit St. John’s Food for the Poor (Worcester) and Abby’s House: Shelter, Housing and Advocacy for Women and Children (Worcester).

Tickets are passes for the full day of music. The audience may come and go as they wish, presenting their pass at the entry doors to the nave at Trinity Church, the acoustically robust hall for the day. The nave includes the Noack Organ Co. Opus 40 mechanical action Gallery Organ, a two-manual Italian style harpsichord, and a Steinway piano. 

Worcester Chapter AGO is grateful to Dr. Michelle Graveline for the use of her harpsichord throughout the day. Her harpsichord was built in 1982 by Keith Hill and Philip Tyre of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is modeled after 18th century German and French prototypes.

Food for sale to benefit local charities will be available in the adjacent Jeppson Hall and also via food trucks in the church parking lot.
All of the performers for the Bach-a-than are performing gratis to benefit the charities.

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Program:

9:00 a.m. Mark Mummert, Organist
       Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
       Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
9:30 a.m. Joshua W. Rohde, Cellist
       Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
       Prelude, Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue
       Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
       Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue
10:00 a.m. WPI Chamber Ensemble (Doug Weeks, coordinator)
Wesley Hall, Harpsichordist
       Prelude in C, BWV 846
       Invention in F, BWV 779
       Invention in D minor, BWV 775
       Sinfonia from Partita number 2 in C minor, BWV 826
       Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Allegro, BWV 1049
10:30 a.m. Wesley Hall, Organist
       Trio Sonata No. 5, BWV 529
       Toccata und Fugue in C Major, BWV 566a
11:00 a.m. “AMB” A Play (Louise Mundinger, coordinator)
A play with music about Anna Magdalena Bach
       Youth pro Musica (Robert Barney, director)
       Maria Ferrante, Soprano
       Robert St. Laurence, Actor
12:00 noon Luke Morrissey, Cellist
       Suite No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1008
       Prelude and Sarabande
       Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
       Prelude and Sarabande
12:30 p.m. Steven Small, Baritone and Kristjon Imperio, Organist
       Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht from BWV 98
       Mache dich, mein herze, rein from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
       Et in Spiritum from Mass in B Minor BWV 232
1:00 p.m. Harmonie Transverse Flute Ensemble (J. Kast-Tuttle, director)
       Air from Suite in D, BWV 1068 (arr. by Sondra Tucker)
       Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 (arr. by John E. Davis)
1:30 p.m.  Worcester Chamber Music Society
Tracy Kraus, Flute; Peter Sulski, Violin; and Ariana Falk, Cello with guest
Mark Mummert, Harpsichord
       Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039
       Two Canons from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
2:00 p.m.  Christian Copeley, Organist, Assumption College Organ Scholar
       Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525
       Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
2:30 p.m.  Peter Sulski, Violin and Michelle Graveline, Harpsichord
       Sonata in c minor for violin and obbligato harpsichord, BWV 1017
3:00 p.m.  Olga Rogach Piano Studio
       Isabelle Zhao: Sinfonia from Piano Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826
       Hailey Meng: Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971
3:30 p.m.  Sean Redrow, Organist
       Erbarm dich, o Herre Gott’, BWV 721
       Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (The Wedge), BWV 548
4:00 p.m. Music from Orgelbuchlein: Abigail Kelly-Lanser and Juan A. Mesa, Organists
4:30 p.m.        Anna Maria College Flute Choir (Amy Carroll, director)
       Andante from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
       Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Holcombe)
       Sheep May Safely Graze (arr. Gary W. Albrecht)
       Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor, BWV 1067
5:00 p.m.    Michael Steven Lianos, Organist
       Sonata I in E-flat, BWV 525
       Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
       Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BWV 1115
5:30 p.m.    Organ Scholars from College of the Holy Cross
       Matthew Luca: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
       Michelle Sacco: Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565
       Lorraine Mihaliak: Fantasy and Fugue in c minor, BWV 537
6:00 p.m. Curtis Smith, Harpsichordist
       French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813
       French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817 (selections)
6:30 p.m.    Marjorie Ness, Organist
       Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
       Allein Gott, in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 711
       Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
       Fantasie super Komm heiliger Geist, BWV 651
7:00 p.m.    Peter Clemente, Guitar
       Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
7:30 p.m.    Worcester AGO Motet Choir (Mark Mummert, director)
       Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
8:00 p.m.    Peter Krasinski, Organist: The Many Faces of J. S. Bach
       Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564                      
       Arioso (Adagio) from Cantata BWV 156                                       
       Three Schübler Chorales
       Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 (arr. Stokowski, 1940)                                
       O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ sünde gross, BWV 622         
       “Mattheus-Final” BWV 244                                                   
       Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder from Bach’s Memento by Charles-Marie Widor (1925)

Beneficiaries:
St. John’s Food for the Poor Program at the unique St. Francis Xavier Center in Worcester, Massachusetts is a nonprofit charitable organization. Volunteers serve up to 700 hot nutritious meals a day, five days a week. Free food and support programs are available to any man, woman or child in need of food regardless of race, color, creed, gender or way of life. www.stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org
Abby’s House (Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.) was founded in Worcester, MA in 1976. A nonprofit organization, we provide shelter and affordable housing, as well as advocacy and support services, to homeless, battered, and low-income women, with or without children. Over the years, we have helped more than 13,000 women and their children reclaim and rebuild their lives, empowering them to lead self-directed lives filled with dignity and hope. www.abbyshouse.org