“The offerings at this temporary storefront in the heart of Manhattan are musical: the music of J.S. Bach,” writes Michael Cooper in Friday’s (11/23) New York Times. “Inside the shop, a Juilliard-trained pianist, Evan Shinners, is playing five hours of Bach each and every day—for more than 30 straight days, even on Thanksgiving—and presenting evening concerts with guests. He calls it the Bach Store. The sight of Mr. Shinners at a Yamaha grand piano behind the plate-glass windows of a former bank branch on 56th Street and Broadway, within view of the stage door of Carnegie Hall, is drawing a stream of listeners for short doses of Bach…. The Bach Store is both an effort to make live Bach more accessible and available and something of an inward journey for Mr. Shinners, who is 32…. He practices in the shop daily from noon to 5:30 p.m., and evening concerts are at 6:15. There is merchandise, too.… The project was supported by a $20,000 grant from Music Academy of the West—which Mr. Shinners attended in 2009—as one of its inaugural Alumni Enterprise Awards, given to music projects with community impact.”

Posted November 27, 2018