Monday, March 21, 2005

Celebrating Bach's Birthday

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta had a Bach Birthday Bash on March 18. It included a German candlelight dinner and, of course, a concert. My Presbyterian church had a hoe-down, which was unfortunately (thankfully?) not in honor of the great composer. (It was a lot of fun, though.)

History students at Moravian College are reenacting Bach's 250-mile walk from Arnstadt to Lübeck, which he took to hear the great organist and composer, Dietrich Buxtehude. The students' hike will be a bit shorter--20 miles from New Brunswick, NJ, to New York City, where they'll attend the New York Philharmonic's concert of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The performance, which will be tomorrow night, will be conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

Quick bit of trivia #1: Moravian College, founded in 1872 in Bethlehem, PA, is the sixth-oldest college in the United States.

Quick bit of trivia #2: Bach got in a bit of trouble for that extended trip to Lübeck. He only had permission to be gone for four weeks (starting in November) and was expected to be back in time for the Christmas season. He didn't return to Arnstadt, however, until nearly three months later.

Quick trivia question: For what award-winning movie about a classical composer had Sir Neville Marriner as conductor?
(Hint: It's my favorite movie. It's about Mozart.)

Minnesota Public Radio offers reflections on Bach's birthday. (These reflections are actually from last year. Well worth the listen.)

This calendar of events makes me wish I lived in Calgary, of all places (but only if I could move back to the warm south immediately afterward).

Waterfall celebrates by starting her day with the Mass in B Minor. Again.

And God made it springtime. What better way to celebrate?

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