Johann Sebastian Bach with party hat

Johann Sebastian Bach with party hat (Douglas Buchanan / March 21, 2013)

If you forgot to plan a party to celebrate Bach's 328th birthday, no worries. You are welcome to join the one thoughtfully organized by Douglas Buchanan, director of music ministries at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore.

This "Bach-analia," the first of what is envisioned as an annual event, will start at 7:30 tonight.  The program features a performance of Cantata No. 106 with the Camerata of Old St. Paul's and the Goldberg Variations, played on the piano by Buchanan.

But wait, that's not all. A reception follows the concert, and cake and party hats are being promised. As if that isn't enough of a draw, admission is free.

St. Pauk's is at the corner of N. Charles and E. Saratoga streets.