All Bach, All Day

Feel like you can’t get enough of Johann Sebastian Bach? There’s no better chance to put that to the test than the upcoming Bach Marathon Concert, held on March 11 at Egner Memorial Chapel in Allentown on the Muhlenberg campus. The event, now in its 11th year, features non-stop Bach performances on organ, strings, recorder, and vocals from 2:00 to 9:00 pm. Lou Carol Fix, adjunct in music at Moravian College, will be among the organists. “I’ve performed at each marathon, playing different organ pieces each year,” she notes. “Maybe by the time I’m 80 I’ll have performed every organ piece written by Bach!” Lou Carol’s contribution to the marathon starts at 3:30 p.m. and will include Bach’s Pastorale and Trio Sonata III in D minor. The event is free; listeners are welcome to come and go as they please or stay for the entire concert. Donations to support the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be accepted.

And if that’s not enough JSB, you can also hear Lou Carol perform at Bach Birthday Recital at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 pm. That event will also feature the music of baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude, commemorating the 300th anniversary of his death in 1707. Bach himself once walked 275 miles to hear Buxtehude perform; in 2005 a group of Moravian students and faculty members paid tribute to that event by walking from New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Lincoln Center.