Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon: Bouncing off Bach

Join us as we explore the boundless creativity that springs from the foundation laid by the master himself, Johann Sebastian Bach. Bouncing off Bach is a collaborative faculty concert that celebrates the enduring legacy of one of the most influential composers in history. 

Despite living over three centuries ago, Bach continues to inspire and influence artists across genres. From classical virtuosos to jazz innovators, musicians of all styles and eras have been drawn to Bach’s masterpieces, finding within them a rich source of creative spark. 

When Juliet McComas founded the CMC Keyboard Marathon in 2004, she quite naturally put Bach first, chosinge the Preludes and Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier for the inaugural concert.  By returning to Bach for inspiration today, we honor Juliet and celebrate 20 years of exploring great music together.

In this year’s annual Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon, we invite you to experience the timeless beauty and genius of Bach’s music—and music inspired by him—as interpreted by talented pianists from CMC faculty and special guest artists. Each performance will showcase how Bach’s work continues to inspire new generations, shaping the sound of classical music and beyond. 

Featured Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Cowell, Fred Hersch, Paul Hindemith, Jon Jang, Elena Kats-Chernin, György Kurtág, Federico Mompou, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bud Powell, Sergei Rachmaninov, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Roman Statkowski


CMC Faculty Performers: Jacqueline Chew, Lauren Cony, Paul Dab, Grace Huenemann, Jon Jang, Bruce Loeb, Allison Lovejoy, Erick Peralta, Jennifer Peringer, Matylda Rotkiewicz, Betty Wong, Shirley Wong-Frentzel, Lilia Zheltova

Guest Performers: Esther Chan, Hadley McCarroll, Michael Seth Orland

View the program notes online here


General Admission: $15
Seniors/Students: $10
Youth under 12: free
Families: $25

Livestream available with suggested donation

Reserve tickets here

Date / Time

April 28, 2024
3:00 pm
 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $0–$25

Type of Event



CMC Concert Hall
544 Cap Street, San Francisco, CA 94110