About The McEvilly Bach To School Initiative for Public Schools
A new initiative: McEvilly-Bach2School - I will begin introducing the Well Tempered Clavier of Bach to public school children - in a series of live presentations for schools, the first 3 of which will be sponsored by the Outreach Program at the Metropolitan Library System, and by placing my McEvilly-Bach Series 2CD sets in public school classrooms throughout the metro area. I am presently seeking sponsors for this initiative - a little background: In the year 2000 I played the Bach Prelude in C Major for the full student body (750 plus) at a school they listened intently, in total silence. When I was finished, a child raised his hand with this question: "Will you play that song for us again?" I determined at that moment to record the 24 Preludes and Fugues specifically for use in classrooms - an important distinguishing factor of these recordings is that I had my Mason&Hamlin concert grand tuned to Bach's pitch - a more relaxed string. The recordings have been used nationwide in classrooms, and are credited with reducing student anxiety levels, and keeping the kids "on focus"