Canton, NY, Mar 23, 2012 — Some of Johann Sebastian Bach's most outstanding compositions will be performed in St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Memorial Chapel during the Third Annual Bach Marathon on Saturday.
Music historians agree that for Bach, an early 18th century German composer who wrote over a thousand compositions, music making was natural. Marathon organizers say they want Saturday's audience to gain a new sense of the freshness and vitality of familiar Bach pieces.
Organist Donald Sutherland has been artist-in-residence this week at St. Lawrence University, offering recitals and lectures. His visit culminates with a performance Saturday night during the marathon.
Todd Moe spoke with him about new ways to think about Bach as a human being with a great gift, and how his music is still vibrant more than 300 years later.