NOLA Life Stories
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Albinas Prizgintas, who started the Bach Around the Clock festival, began working at the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1988.
Credit Eric Laws

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, a married couple that produces Bach Around the Clock — an annual musical event held at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Seventeen years ago Albinas, the church’s organist and music director, “needed something new.” Convinced that “all musicians must pass through Bach,” he ambitiously started a round-the-clock celebration to honor the baroque composer.

Although the schedule was largely improvised at first, the event now includes more than 300 performers and lasts 29 consecutive hours. But even after all these years, Albinas and his wife Manon still remember the first night.