J.S. Bach Birthday Bash Concert
Members of the American Guild of Organists S.B. chapter perform organ, piano, and instrumental music to commemorate the inspirational life and music of an infamous composer.
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. , Santa Barbara
Cost: Not available
Age limit: Not available
The J. S. Bach Birthday Bash concert honors the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685-July 28, 1750). The concert features music for organ, piano, and instruments by the Bach Family. Celebrated members of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Guild of Organists offer moving renditions of the rich heritage of soaring sounds spanning centuries of musical development.
Today, Bach’s music is heard around the world. Albert Schweitzer explains in his biography of the composer, that Bach’s work was the culmination of an era: “All the artistic endeavors, desires, creations, aspirations, and errors of his own and of previous generations are concentrated and worked out to their conclusion in him.” Robert Schumann advised musicians to treat Bach’s works as their daily bread. Beethoven copied it by hand in an attempt to work loose its secrets. Goethe, hearing Bach’s music for the first time, said, “It is as if the eternal harmony were conversing within itself, as it may have done in the bosom of God just before the creation of the world.”
Now J. S. Bach is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. His twenty-one children called him “Old Fogey” and his contemporaries often found him old-fashioned and boring.
Event posted Feb. 9, 2012
Last updated Feb. 9, 2012