WQXR presents Bachstock: 30 Days of Peace and Music-- Kicks off Sat, Nov 1

 WQXR presents

30 Days of Peace and Music

 Festival Celebrates the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
On-Air, Online at WQXR.org, and with Special Live Events around NYC

 Includes an all-day Bach organ marathon at Saint Peter’s Church curated by PAUL JACOBS
and an HD film screening of Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance of St. Matthew Passion

 WQXR App launches new on-demand feature offering exclusive live performance recordings

Kicks Off Saturday, November 1


(New York, NY – October 28, 2014) – For the fourth year, WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, continues its tradition of presenting special month-long composer festivals with “BACHSTOCK: 30 Days of Peace and Music,” a tribute to the magnetic and hypnotic music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

BACHSTOCK will provide audiences in the New York City region and around the world a variety of ways to engage with the music, life and times of the composer through live events, WQXR.org and WQXR App exclusives, and special radio broadcasts. A complete schedule is available at www.wqxr.org/bach.

Live event highlights will include a conversation about Bach and spirituality with a live taping of On Being with Krista Tippett, the nationally-distributed public radio program about life’s big questions, before a live audience in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR (November 4); an all-day marathon of the complete Bach solo organ works at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan (November 22); and an exclusive HD screening at Symphony Space of the same production of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance of the St. Matthew Passion that was so lavishly praised at this year’s White Light Festival (November 13).

Also in November, the WQXR app will introduce a new on-demand feature offering exclusive recordings of Bach’s works by world class artists including Sir András Schiff, Angela Hewitt, Simone Dinnerstein, Steven Isserlis, Gil Shaham, Jan Vogler, Zuill Bailey, Cameron Carpenter, and Béla Fleck. Each of these recordings, captured in the intimate settings of the WQXR studios or at The Greene Space at WQXR before live audiences, will be available for download for listening on the go. In addition, for a limited time, the tracks featured on WQXR's regular morning feature, "My Daily Bach," will also be available within the app, courtesy of Universal Music Classics. The WQXR app is available at www.wqxr.org/mobile.

On the WQXR app and at WQXR.org, a 24/7, all-Bach stream with over 1,000 pieces of music by the illustrious composer will be available throughout the entire month of November.

WQXR 105.9 FM will feature exclusive concert broadcasts from the Berliner Philharmoniker and Carnegie Hall, daily Bach features such as music for a calm commute at 5pm ET, and much more.

“Beethoven, Mozart, and now Bach,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR. “For four years, WQXR’s popular composer festivals have brought both well-versed fans and brand new listeners accessible ways to experience the works of a beloved composer. In addition to a robust schedule of on-air programming and live events, we are particularly excited to launch the new on-demand feature in the WQXR app. Listeners everywhere will be able to download intimate performances by some of the finest contemporary interpreters of Bach's works, recorded right here at WQXR.”

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is the exclusive sponsor of WQXR’s Bachstock.




The Greene Space (44 Charlton Street @ Varick Street)
Tuesday, November 4 at 7pm

In a live taping of On Being, public radio’s nationally-distributed program about the big questions at the center of human life, Princeton computer scientist Bernard Chazelle, will speak with host Krista Tippett about Bach’s human and aesthetic virtues, and how he inspires our own. The evening will include live performances of Bach's monumental Chaconne for solo violin performed by Tim Fain, hailed for his "sheer youthful exuberance and dazzling technical skill" (Washington Post), and an excerpt of the Partita No. 2 in C minor for solo piano performed by Anna Polonsky, a “musician of exceptional refinement” (The New York Times). 

More information and tickets at: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2014/nov/04/krista-tippett-live-discovering-cosmology-bach/


The Greene Space (44 Charlton Street @ Varick Street)
Sunday, November 9 at 2pm

WQXR welcomes Orli Shaham's Baby Got Bach to The Greene Space!  Children ages 3-6 will experience the magic of music in this hands-on, interactive concert.  Play a xylophone, squeeze an accordion, jam with musicians and hear all the sounds piano and percussion can make - with renowned pianist Orli Shaham and her musical friends as your guide. 

More information and tickets at: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2014/nov/09/wqxr-presents-baby-got-bach/


Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theater (2537 Broadway @ W 95th Street)
Thursday, November 13 at 7pm

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s lavishly-praised production of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Simon Rattle and staged by Peter Sellars, will be presented in a special screening at Symphony Space. Recorded in 2010 at the orchestra’s home, the Berlin Philharmonie, the high-definition video captures the same production seen recently at the Park Avenue Armory as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, with virtually the same cast. (A new DVD/Blu-ray edition was re-released by the orchestra in September 2014)

Presented in partnership with Symphony Space

More information and tickets at: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8647/Music/st-matthew-passion


Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Ave @54th Street)
Saturday, November 22 from 7am to 1am

In an historic first, New York audiences can experience Bach’s complete solo organ works in an 18-hour marathon curated by Grammy-award winning organist and Juilliard Professor, Paul Jacobs. Bach’s organ works encapsulate the genius of Bach’s music – dramatic, contemplative, thrilling, sublime.  This immersive, all-day event will feature performances from accomplished organists from Juilliard, including Mr. Jacobs.

More information and tickets at: http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/wqxr-bach-organ-marathon/



 Throughout “Bachstock,” listeners will be able to hear Bach anytime, from anywhere, through a special 24/7, all-Bach webstream available at www.wqxr.org/bach. Other online features will include a guide to essential Bach recordings and a New York City marathon playlist.  An online Bach pun generator will crowdsource listeners’ most inspired wordplay on the composer’s name.


Live & Recorded Concerts

As part of WQXR’s partnership the Berliner Philharmoniker, WQXR will broadcast two of the orchestra’s performances of Bach’s work never before heard on American radio.

On Tuesday, November 4 at 8pm, WQXR will broadcast a 2010 recording of St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with an all-star cast including Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kožená, Topi Lehtipuu, Mark Padmore, Thomas Quasthoff, and Christian Gerhaher. On Tuesday, November 18 at 8pm, WQXR will broadcast a recording of St. John Passion from earlier this year, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kožená, Topi Lehtipuu, Mark Padmore, Christian Gerhaher, and Roderick Williams.

As part of the fourth edition of Carnegie Hall Live, WQXR will broadcast the Academy of Ancient Music on Friday, November 7 at 7:30pm.  The performance will be directed from the harpsichord by Richard Egarr, performing Bach’s Orchestral Suites.

Daily Features

Every day, WQXR hosts will bring listeners special features including new interpretations of Bach’s music with artists including Béla Fleck and the Swingle Singers at 2pm ET, Bach’s large scale works in their entirety to bookend the work week on Mondays and Fridays and a daily download as part of the free “My Daily Bach” podcast courtesy of Universal Music Classics.

Full schedule available at www.wqxr.org/bach.


WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, New York Philharmonic This Week, and the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.


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