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A Series of Discussions; Bach's Music for Easter by Joe Marchio
Tuesdays, at 11 am, eastern
March 9 - April 13, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $50 for series of 6

There is no question that the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is timeless. His melodies for instruments and voices paint beautiful and vivid pictures for our ears to savor. In Leipzig, Bach found employment composing music for both church and civic functions throughout the year, requiring him to write for many occasions using various themes. From inaugurations to ordinations, weddings and funerals, dance, and liturgical music, Bach even wrote a cantata to celebrate a favorite drink of the day–coffee!


Joe Marchio will embark upon a study of the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach as he progresses through the seasons of the year through Bach’s music. Joe will begin with the Advent season, and he will continue in the Spring with music for the Passion and Easter, which will include organ music and cantatas. The study will continue with series for the Summer and Fall.

Painted portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

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Easter and the Passion


Joe will explore the both religious and secular music: 

Some sacred works:

Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4

St. Luke Passion, BWV 246

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232


And some secular works:

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,  "Coffee Cantata," Cantata 211

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048

Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068

The Sankt Thomas Kirche, Leipzig

 The Advent series will begin on Tuesday, March 9 at 11 am eastern.  This second series of Bach’s works will continue on Tuesday at 11 AM for six weeks, through April  13.

Subsequent series and their dates will be announced.



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

 In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


  • Each session will cost $10 or listen to the entire series of 6 for $50

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of presentation

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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