As my husband’s grandson likes to say, ” I did it!” The narration, which I did in German — of the world premier of our Bach and Sons organ and media event in Ried, Austria on Friday evening, August 10th was a resounding success! The audience of German speaking Austrians understood every word of my story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his amazing family. I told the story through the voices of Johann Sebastian’s wives, Maria Barbara and Anna Magdalena; his daughter, Katharina Dorothea; and Sara Levy, a patron of the arts who collected and preserved much of the music of JS Bach.
It was a thrilling evening for us. The Stadtpfarrkirche in Ried, Austria is a stunning example of the high Baroque with a famous altar by the artist Schwanthaler, ornate decoration, and a fine organ by Mathis. It was a perfect place to share the music and story of Bach and his family.
The audience was in awe of what they saw and heard. They were captivated by being able to actually see me playing the organ. Few people ever see the organist in this church as the organ is high above the audience in a back balcony so this was a new experience for them. With live projection from three different cameras on me (feet, hands, and as narrator) interspersed with still photos and other video projected to a large screen in the front of the church, the audience in Ried experienced something totally new and unique.
The incredible organ music of JS Bach never fails to captivate an audience. From the first notes of the Toccata in d minor to the final notes of the great St. Anne Fugue, Bach’s music is always thrilling.
After months of preparation, it was such a joy to share Bach and Sons as the first concert of our 2012 European performance tour.