Blair students and faculty featured at Christ Church Cathedral BACHanalia, March 22

Nearly 100 of Nashville’s best musicians, including students and faculty from the Blair School, will perform a continuous six hours of the music of J.S. Bach, both in ways Bach would feel at home with and in ways that he never dreamed of. Everything from cantatas to jazz combos! The event takes place 5-11 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville, at the corner of Broadway and Ninth Avenue.

The Blair Chamber Choir will kick off the popular annual music marathon, performing Bach’s Motet No. 6, Lobet den Herrn, BWV 230 at 5 p.m. Other Blair performers throughout the evening include the Atlantic Ensemble, Michael Alec Rose, Jennifer McGuire, Roger Wiesmeyer, and Christian Teal. For performance times, see the full hour-to-hour schedule.

Other performers include members of the Nashville Symphony, faculty from Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, and Lipscomb University, studio musicians, church musicians, freelancers and students.

Drop in to this free event for a few minutes or a few hours or join the increasing number of folks who manage the whole event, fortified by the delicious food offered on site. Food, festival T-shirts, mugs and hats will be available for purchase throughout the festival. The music is piped into the dining area so listeners don’t have to miss a minute of music while enjoying some refreshments.

Recognized in 2010 by the Nashville Scene‘s Best of Nashville as “Best Baroque Birthday Celebration,” the annual BACHanalia is presented by Christ Church Cathedral Sacred Space for the City Arts Series through the generous sponsorship of Lois Fyfe Music, the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music, The Harp School, Seale Keyworks, and numerous private individuals.

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