Bach Festival 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 9:30am to Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 11:59pm

WKCR announces our annual Bach Festival. For the ten-day period from December 22nd at 9:30 AM through December 31st at 11:59 PM, WKCR (89.9 FM, 89.9 HD1, and will dedicate all broadcasting to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. J.S. Bach has had an unparalleled influence on the Western classical tradition. He has inspired a worldwide following dedicated to performing and celebrating his work, as well as a devoted and rigorous academic tradition. Bach Festival 2015 will commence and conclude with The Mass in B minor, and each day will feature one or more of Bach's masterpieces. Bach Festival 2015 will include the familiar voices of WKCR programmers, as well as guest scholars and performers providing unique perspectives on different facets of Bach's legacy. New programs coming to Bach Festival 2015 include an interview with Clarion Music Society Artistic Director, Steven Fox and renowned soprano Lucy Crowe. Frequent guest and veteran Bach scholar, Teri Noel Towe, will explore the recordings of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and Bach's Overtures. A schedule of major works is as follows:

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • 9:30 AM: Mass in B minor (featuring an interview with soprano Joan Barnhill)
  • 12:00 PM: Cello Suites
  • 3:00 PM: Goldberg Variations

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • 9:00 AM: Cantata Request
  • 12:00 PM: Well-Tempered Clavier
  • 9:00 PM: St. John Passion

Thursday, December 24th

  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM: Teri Noel Towe -- Brandenburg Concertos
  • 9:00 PM: Magnificat

Friday, December 25th

  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM: Teri Noel Towe -- Bach Overtures
  • 6:00 PM: Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, December 26th

  • 12:00 PM: Easter Oratorio
  • 3:00 PM: Anna Magdalena
  • 6:00 PM: St. Matthew Passion

Sunday, December 27th

  • 9:00 AM: Transcripted Bach Compositions
  • 12:00 PM: Phil Schaap's Jazz Bach Program
  • 9:00 PM: Ascension Oratorio

Monday, December 28th

  • 9:00 AM: Cantata Request
  • 12:00 PM: St. Mark Passion
  • 2:40 PM: Interview with Soprano Lucy Crowe
  • 9:00 PM: St. John Passion

Tuesday, December 29th

  • 12:00 PM: Musical Offering
  • 3:00 PM: Well-Tempered Clavier

Wednesday, December 30th

  • 9:00 AM: Goldberg Variations
  • 3:00 PM: Cantata Request
  • 6:00 PM: Little Organ Book
  • 9:00 PM: St. Matthew Passion

Thursday, December 31st

  • 3:00 PM: Art of the Fugue & Interview with Steven Fox
  • 9:00 PM: Mass in B minor

Schedule subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Questions? Please email WKCR Classical Department Head Elisabeth Stam at