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Jun 23 2017
The Summer music festival season has begun! These events attract musicians from all over the world to perform baroque music. As you consider your summer vacation plans, Sunday Baroque gives you the scoop on a few upcoming festivals to help you make your plans.
Jun 16 2017
Sonora Smart Dodd introduced the idea of Father’s Day about a century ago, and her modest proposal grew into a permanent national observance of the occasion on the third Sunday in June every year. This weekend on Sunday Baroque you’ll hear music by a variety of proud musical fathers and their talented offspring.
Jun 9 2017
Maggots … Stingo … and an Italian Rant. As strange as they sound, those were the names of popular country dances in the 17th century. “Stingo” was a strong beer or liquor, and “Maggot” is an old word for whimsy. They are some of the tunes included in John Playford’s ENGLISH DANCING MASTER, and you’ll hear them on Sunday Baroque.
Jun 2 2017
June has long been a popular month for weddings, maybe because it’s named after the goddess Juno, patroness of marriage. Baroque music is often used to provide a celebratory tone for wedding ceremonies, and Sunday Baroque will feature a few wedding favorites.
May 26 2017
On this Memorial Day weekend, Sunday Baroque offers music for remembrance and reflection, and celebrating heroism. Highlights include selections from an uplifting requiem mass and heroic marches by Georg Philipp Telemann.
May 19 2017
Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann are some of the familiar names of the baroque era, but these outstanding musicians had many talented contemporaries whose names you may not know. Sunday Baroque will introduce you to wonderful music by composers who were in the shadows of their more famous colleagues.
May 12 2017
Sunday Baroque celebrates Mother’s Day with music honoring supportive moms, including Anna Magdalena Bach. She married Johann Sebastian Bach after his first wife died, becoming an instant stepmother to his children and bearing 13 more with him. Music from the Anna Magdalena Notebook is part of Sunday Baroque’s Mother’s Day program.
May 5 2017
New recordings of baroque music are released all the time, and they range from familiar favorites to fresh, newly discovered music. Sunday Baroque will highlight some of the most interesting and entertaining recent releases, to entertain you on your day off and provide ideas for music to add to your personal playlist.
Apr 28 2017
The late recorder virtuoso and conductor Frans Bruggen once said that a “special kind of mentality” is required to play the recorder, because it seems like such a simple, basic instrument, yet it possesses the potential to be extremely expressive and virtuosic. Sunday Baroque will feature some of Frans Bruggen’s expressive and virtuosic artistry.
Apr 21 2017
The original signers of the Earth Day proclamation in 1970 hoped for an international EARTH DAY each year to draw people together in appreciation of our mutual home on this planet, and to bring a global feeling of community. Sunday Baroque celebrates Earth Day with music inspired by nature.
Apr 14 2017
Throughout history, flowers have taken on a wide range of symbolism, such as Easter lilies, Christmas poinsettias, and Valentine’s red roses. The spring flower Ranunculus, a type of buttercup, is nicknamed the “resurrection plant.” And the summer Poppy is a symbol of sleep, death, and also resurrection. They are two of the blossoms in Sunday Baroque’s Easter bouquet of music.
Apr 7 2017
For many years after Johann Sebastian Bach’s death in 1750, his music was on the back burner – not performed very much, and not particularly popular. But 19th century musician Felix Mendelssohn revered the Baroque era musician, and staged a performance of Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION that began to shift public opinion of Bach. Sunday Baroque will highlight some of the music that reintroduced Bach to modern audiences.