Bach Month 2013

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Classical New England celebrates the cornerstone composer of Western music with special live broadcasts, Bach Minutes, a free all-day community event, and more.



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Bach Minutes take you inside the fascinating stories of Bach's life, one at time. Hear Bach Minutes each weekday at 7:30am and 5:30pm, and on weekends at 10am.

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Richards, Fowkes, and Co. organ at First Lutheran Church in Boston
To hear complete selections from Bach's sacred works and instrumental masterpieces, tune in for The Bach Hour, each Sunday at 6am and 5pm.
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On March 16th, Classical New England, First Lutheran Church of Boston, and the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists celebrated Bach's birthday with Bach Around the Clock, a sun-up to sundown free community event with dozens of performers, at the First Lutheran Church in the Back Bay of Boston.
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Special Broadcasts:


Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsOn-demand (originally broadcast Friday, Mar. 8, and Sunday, Mar. 10

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with pianist Inon Barnatan
The Israeli-born pianist is the soloist in Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor in a program that also includes the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Haydn, with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, as well as Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Haydn's Symphony No. 45, the "Farewell."
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Inon BarnatanFriday, Mar. 15, at 4pm

Pianist Inon Barnatan
The Israeli-born pianist performs Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat, BWV 825, in CNE's Fraser Performance Studio on Drive Time Live with host Cathy Fuller.




Luca GuglielmiSunday, Mar. 17, 3pm

"Bach Keyboard Journeys"
On Bach's birthday, hear highlights from a special celebration in Classical New England's Fraser Performance Studio, with historical keyboard specialists Luca Guglielmi playing the harpsichord (left),  Dylan Sauerwald playing the lautenwerk, and Andrus Madsen playing the fortepiano, as well as pianist Sergey Schepkin and harpist Ina Zdorovetchi.


Randall HodgkinsonThursday, Mar. 21, at 7pm

Randall Hodgkinson and the Goldberg Variations

The Boston-based pianist performs one of Bach's greatest keyboard works live in Classical New England's Fraser Performance Studio.



Sunday, Mar. 24, at 3pm
Friday, Mar. 29, at 7pm


The St. Matthew Passion in concert with the Handel and Haydn Society
Conductor Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society chorus and orchestra in the pinnacle of Bach's sacred music, in concert at Symphony Hall in Boston. Soloists include Joshua Ellicott in the role of The Evangelist, Matthew Brook in the role of Christ, soprano Gillian Keith, mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, tenor Jeremy Budd, and baritone Stephan Loges.




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(photo of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields by Bill Page; photo of Luca Guglielmi by Marco Borggreve; all images courtesy of the artists)


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