Dec 23 Fri 1:00am – Jan 1 Sun 12:00am WKCR Annual Bach 24/7 Festival: Wall to Wall Bach Till New Year

I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach into outer space on the Voyager spacecraft. But that would be boasting. – Lewis Thomas

Bach to Bach Beauty
A steady feast of Bach all day and all night is served annually to soundtrack the Christmas holiday by the often mellifluous voiced and knowledgeable (if they are not they read the liner notes very well) presenters from the Columbia-Barnard family for eight days of recovery of the soul from the cacophony of NYC and indeed global life by such smart sounding and musical people as for example the sublime cellist Louise Dubin who adorned Christmas Day with a special opportunity to hear some of her most distinguished colleagues such as Carter Brey principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic and Alsace-born Phillippe Muller of Manhattan School of Music who played Bach solo cello works which as a listener as always with WKCR if you wanted you could call in on 212 854 9920 to double check further with her on these top flight artists including finally Anner Bylsma the very great Dutch Baroque instrument pioneer who like the rest played Bach with such fresh and evocative originality and familiarity it was as if the greatest composer of all time had come by and written just for them last week, which only brings home the first insanity of 2017, which is that WKCR doesn’t continue this blessing through New Year’s Day, which would be the perfect way to ring in 2017, but Alas it is currently viewed as unfair to the other invaluable departments active on WKCR, which to many is the flagship radio channel of the City for the informed, non commercial variety of its offerings, and for its presenters, who this time include on the final day Jacob Stulberg, Adrian Montufar, Elisabeth Stam, and Stepan Atamian, all of whom add the musical attribute of perfectly clear pronunciation to their offerings, all of which only makes the free jazz cacophony which follows the final notes of Bachfest fugal harmony all the more jarring.

Why is it that the presenters at WKCR's 24/7 Christmas-New Year Bach Fest often sound as musical as their offerings?  Perhaps because they are often distinguished musicians themselves, such as Louise Dubin, cellist

Why is it that the presenters at WKCR’s 24/7 Christmas-New Year Bach Fest often sound as musical as their offerings? Perhaps because they are often distinguished musicians themselves, such as Louise Dubin, cellist

WKCR Bach 2016/2017 New Year

Notice by Sarah Thompson on Sat, 10 Dec 2016, 5:56pm:

WKCR announces our annual Bach Festival. For the nine-day period from December 23rd at 1:00 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. Each day of Bach Festival 2016 will feature one or more of Bach’s masterpieces. Your hosts will be familiar WKCR programmers as well as guest scholars and performers whom we’ve invited to provide unique perspectives on the different facets of Bach’s legacy. This year, we are excited to welcome renowned free jazz trumpet player and composer Peter Evans back to WKCR to play and discuss his own Bach selections. And, in keeping with an important Bach Festival tradition, frequent guest and veteran Bach scholar Teri Noel Towe will join us to present special programs featuring Bach’s arias, The Christmas Oratorio, and more. A schedule of major works is as follows:

Friday, December 23rd

5:00 AM: Goldberg Variations
9:00 AM – 6:00PM: Teri Noel Towe — Bach in the U.S.A.

Saturday, December 24th

9:00 AM-6:00PM: Teri Noel Towe — Bach Aria Group Celebration

Sunday, December 25th

12:00 PM-6:00 PM: Teri Noel Towe — Christmas Oratorio + Secular Cantatas

Monday, December 26th

6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Well-Tempered Clavier

Tuesday, December 27th

9:00 AM: Brandenburg Concertos
12:00 PM: Anna Magdalena
3:00 PM: Cantata Request
6:00PM: Easter Oratorio

Wednesday, December 28th

9:00 AM: Cantata Request
12:00 PM: St. Mark Passion
6:00 PM: Interview with Peter Evans
9:00 PM: Mass in B minor

Thursday, December 29th

3:00 PM: Goldberg Variations
6:00 PM: St. Matthew Passion

Friday, December 30th

12:00 PM: Magnificat
9:00 PM: Ascension Oratorio

Saturday, December 31st

9:00 AM: Cantata Request
12:00 PM: Art of the Fugue
6:00 PM: Musical Offering
9:00 PM: St. John Passion

Fri, 23 Dec 2016, 1:00am – Sun, 1 Jan 2017, 12:00am or a little over
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