How did a dutiful, local church organist, who labored diligently in his weekly duties providing music for Sunday services, become regarded – along with da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare – as one of the icons of all of Western civilization? Bach’s music represents the pinnacle of intellect and beauty – both individually and combined. The enormous works list was immense and includes not only hundreds of cantatas for his church services, but also epic musical manifestations of the mass and passions. Even his purely instrumental compositions, intended “simply” for study or “for the pleasurable diversion of music lovers” reside on an artistic Mount Olympus. Prepare to scale the musical heights of the heart and mind with Michael Boriskin,“ our fearless tour guide, who always offers an adventure for the audience” (The New York Times).