Salt Spring Baroque is excited to present storyteller, CBC radio host and musician Tom Allen in a show about the life of a young Johann Sebastian Bach.   JS Bach’s Long Walk in the Snow is a blend of music, storytelling, and historical research that illuminates a little known period of the composer’s life.

Friday, March 14, 2025 7:00 pm
All Saints by-the-Sea Anglican Church
110 Park Drive, Salt Spring Island

At 20, in his first job and still barely beginning life as a composer, the young JS Bach got into such trouble that the only thing he could do was to walk away. JS Bach’s Long Walk in the Snow takes you along on that trip: a 400 km odyssey to a glittering northern port city with street fights, big business, the father figure he didn’t know he needed and, quite possibly, love.  With glorious music – both familiar and gripping – from harpist Lori Gemmell, violist Dave Harding, spectacular singer Suzie LeBlanc and storyteller/trombonist Tom Allen, JS Bach’s Long Walk in the Snow brings that troubled young man in from the cold.

“The adventure of the twenty-year-old Bach was told with humor, skill and imagination. Each of the musical selections was like a tiny perfect jewel combined to create a glittering whole. It was a singular pleasure from beginning to end.” 

Joyce Janzen – Secretary The Valley Concert Society, Abbotsford, BC

The players:
Tom Allen, narration and trombone
Lori Gemmell, harp
Suzie LeBlanc, vocals
Tom Harding, viola

Tickets are available through the ArtSpring Box Office – online link below.

Tom Allen, narration and trombone

Lori Gemmell, harp

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano

Tom Harding, viola