WCPE Celebrates J.S. Bach's Birthday on Good Friday
To commemorate Good Friday and celebrate J.S. Bach's birthday, WCPE will present a special performance of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" at 7 p.m. ET on March 21.
PR9.NET March 14, 2008 - WAKE FOREST, N.C. – "Great Sacred Music" host Ken Hoover of WCPE, TheClassicalStation.Org, announces today special programming to commemorate Good Friday and celebrate J.S. Bach's birthday. The station will air a full performance of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" March 21 at 7 p.m. ET.
Bach's masterpiece laid dormant from the time of his death in 1750 until noted composer Felix Mendelssohn revived it at an 1829 performance in Berlin. Today, the "St. Matthew Passion" is hailed as one of the greatest musical settings for the portrayal of the Crucifixion of Christ, and continues to be a prominent performance for followers of the Christian belief.
"Its symbolism in telling the story of Christ's suffering and death is dramatized through a wide variety of musical devices," says Hoover. "The emotion conveyed in the meditative arias is intense and riveting. The Lutheran congregation of the day was drawn into the experience through the masterfully composed chorales."
In this select 1989 performance, The English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir perform under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, and soloists include: Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, baritone; Barbara Bonney, soprano; and Anne Sofie von Otter, contralto.
WCPE's live broadcast of Great Classical Music 24, Hours a Day can be accessed around the globe in several ways: on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6; local cable television systems; and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at theclassicalstation.org/listen.
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About WCPE Radio
With a 30-year history, WCPE is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. Other radio stations and cable television systems can rebroadcast Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music.
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