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The story is, surprisingly, not about the event itself, but about the beautiful love triangle between a musical genius (Albinas), a lover of art (Manon), and the church organ that binds them. Without either, neither would be complete.
Albinis is a graduate of Juilliard and a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. He started playing the organ at age 11 and after nearly 50 years is still fascinated by the range and beauty of the organ. He served as musical director for the Trinity Episcopal Church for 29 years, and continues to be one of the two guiding forces of the Bach Around the Clock music festival. One of his first duties when hired as the musical director was to oversee the installation of a multi-million dollar organ that has become the cornerstone of all the music/artist series that the church puts on for the community. His love affair with the organ is only matched by the love his wife, Manon.
If Albinas is the steering for the musical direction of BATC, Manon is the engine that drives it. Putting in countless hours lining up performers and running the festival behind the scenes so that untold others can come and listen to the music that she loves. And to say that Manon loves music is an understatement of vast proportions. Manon was destined to be a music lover as she was born during the opera, “Manon,” and was given the name of the title character. Now, despite serious medical conditions, she makes it a point to stay awake for the entirety of the 29 hour music event to greet as many guest as she can and to make sure each performer has everything they need for their performance.
An event such as this required 35 of continuous hours of shooting with multiple camera teams. We shot on at least 10 cameras which included the Canon C300 mark ii, Panasonic HMC 150, about 10 GoPro cameras, a DJI Phantom 4 drone, and various smaller cameras.
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