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Apr 12 2019
For a long time after JS Bach’s death, his music wasn't performed much. But a woman who’d studied with Bach’s son happened to own some of Bach’s manuscripts. And in 1829, her great-nephew organized a performance of the ST. MATTHEW PASSION, which reignited interest in the forgotten musician. Sunday Baroque will offer selections from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Apr 5 2019
National Sibling Day is on April 10th, and Sunday Baroque will celebrate some musical siblings. such as three Belgian brothers who helped lead the revival of interest in baroque music in the middle of the 20th century, and trumpet playing brothers who have made numerous recordings together.
Mar 29 2019
What transforms a mere violin into an exceptional instrument … and why did so many fine violins come out of Cremona Italy in the 17th century? Was it the wood? The water? The varnish? Chiara Banchini plays an instrument made by Cremona violin maker Nicolo Amati. It’s a precious antique that is even older than the music you’ll hear her play on Sunday Baroque.
Mar 22 2019
Johann Sebastian Bach was a prolific composer, a demanding teacher, and a skilled keyboard and violin player. Bach was born in March of 1685, and Sunday Baroque will celebrate the occasion with an all-Bach program devoted to musical highlights from his extraordinary career. It's the annual Sunday Baroque Bach Birthday Bash!
Mar 15 2019
In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, one of the most famous Irish classical musicians performs a baroque concerto on Sunday Baroque … even though he started on pennywhistle, he’ll use his famous golden flute.
Mar 8 2019
Georg Philipp Telemann was a highly respected and admired musician – he was an innovative composer, a clever businessman, and an educator who wrote charming musical exercises. Sunday Baroque will explore Telemann’s musical legacy with some highlights by the astonishingly prolific composer.
Mar 1 2019
March is Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is observed every March 8th. Sunday Baroque will feature the work of inspiring women musicians from the baroque era, including Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, who started as a child prodigy harpsichordist, and Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia, who shared a love of music with her big brother, King Frederick.
Feb 22 2019
Some of the most beloved and familiar baroque music was composed by George Frideric Handel, who was born on February 23rd in 1685, about a month before Johann Sebastian Bach. Sunday Baroque will throw a little birthday party for Handel, with a cross-section of his toe-tapping and beloved music.
Feb 15 2019
George Washington loved music, attending concerts and dancing, and encouraging his stepdaughter’s musical studies. Much later, composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky all visited the Kennedy White House. In observance of President’s Day weekend, Sunday Baroque will highlight music and musicians who’ve earned the Presidential seal of approval.
Feb 8 2019
“Love is friendship set to music” goes one saying. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Sunday Baroque will feature performances by some noteworthy musical friends that blossomed into love. They include flutist Gwyn Roberts and lutenist Richard Stone who met at a gig, and went on to marry and form the period instrument group Tempesta di Mare.
Feb 1 2019
Chinese New Year in 2019 is on Tuesday, February 5th, and Sunday Baroque will help usher in the Year of the Pig with performances by a number of outstanding classical musicians with Chinese heritage, such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and guitarist Xuefei Yang.
Jan 25 2019
In the early 1800s, people began observing AUSTRALIA DAY on January 26th. It’s a huge national occasion that celebrates the land, people, democracy, and culture of Australia. In honor of the holiday, Sunday Baroque will highlight some Australian soloists and ensembles playing baroque music.