Bachstock

WQXR's Single-Composer Festival Takes Place November 1-30, 2014

This November, WQXR brings you a month-long tribute to the magnetic and hypnotic music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Called "Bachstock" – invoking the spirit of the seminal 1969 music festival Woodstock – the festival will provide a variety of ways to explore the music, life and times of the composer.

• Have a computer with a camera? Then Bach-ify your face here and share it with the hashtag #Bachstock.

• All-Day Bach Pipe Organ Marathon.

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