WQXR presents "BACH 360": All-Bach, All the Time on the radio, plus Simone Dinnerstein, Alessio Bax, Jennifer Koh, among others

WQXR presents

BACH 360

New York City’s Classical Station to Air Bach’s Complete Works Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 31


Festival to Include a “BACH LOUNGE” with Genre-Busting Performances and
A Special Free Lunchtime Performance of the Goldberg Variations by


(New York, NY – March 8, 2013) -- With BACH 360, It’s All Day, All Night, All Bach on WQXR 105.9 FM, the nation’s most listened-to classical music radio station from March 21 (Bach’s birthday) through March 31 (Easter Sunday).


Starting at 6am ET with “Sleepers Awake,” (Chorale prelude “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” BWV 645) and culminating in the magisterial Easter Oratorio, WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and www.wqxr.org will break with its regular programming to present an all-Bach playlist, playing every single piece by the composer – every cantata, every chorale prelude, every keyboard study – more than 1000 works total.  The festival will last 10 days and will cover it all – from the beloved Brandenburg concertos to the sublimely beautiful passions and the intricate fugues -- in a range of styles, including live recordings, classic interpretations, period-instrument performances, modern transcriptions and orchestrations, among others. 


BACH 360 will also invite audiences to experience Bach live with two events in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR. On March 23, WQXR will showcase new Bach interpretations by musicians from across the musical spectrum, including celebrated jazz musicians ETHAN IVERSON, piano and DAVE DOUGLAS, trumpet; performer/composers GABRIEL KAHANE and ANDREW McKENNA LEE; period instrument ensembles from JUILLIARD415; and classical soloists JENNIFER KOH, violin, JAN VOGLER, cello, and ALESSIO BAX and BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, piano, among others.  On March 28, WQXR will present a special free performance of The Goldberg Variations by one of the most celebrated Bach pianists of our time, SIMONE DINNERSTEIN. This special free concert is made possible through support from The North Highland Company, a global consulting company.


The festival will celebrate the subjective, eternal nature of Bach’s work by inviting listeners to share their personal reflections, memories, and meanings via a special Bach Voices hotline and online at www.WQXR.org/Bach360 as they journey together through the master’s oeuvre.


“George Bernard Shaw once declared that 'Bach belongs not to the past, but to the future - perhaps the near future,” said GRAHAM PARKER, General Manager, WQXR. “With BACH 360, we will explore it all – the historical context that birthed this singular genius, the top present day interpretations of his compositions, the multi-genre embrace of his work that promises even more innovation in the future – as well as the music itself. Transcendent, contemplative, divine….and absolutely timeless.”




In addition to a thoughtfully curated, all-Bach playlist on 105.9 FM and the live stream at wqxr.org, the music will be peppered with daily themes (“Bach in Leipzig,” “Bach on Keyboard”), expert commentary, biographical details, and insights by musicians, scholars and writers, such as PAUL ELIE, author of Reinventing Bach, CHRISTOPH WOLFF, the leading Bach scholar in the United States, and OLIVER SACKS, neuroscientist and author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. 





As a companion to the radio festival, BACH 360 will also present two live events inviting audiences to experience Bach’s works in the intimate setting of the station’s event venue, The Greene Space.


Saturday, March 23 at 7pm and 9pm: “Bach Lounge” 

Join leading musicians from across the musical spectrum as they share their favorite Bach.  Period instrument performances, jazz interpretations, and contemporary visions mingle in the Bach Lounge.  Experience the living, breathing Bach in a one-of-a-kind setting.

Bach Lounge: Part One--7pm

Alessio Bax, piano

Juilliard415, period instrument ensemble

Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar

Matt Herskowitz, piano

Jennifer Koh, violin

Dave Douglas, trumpet, with Matt Mitchell, piano


Bach Lounge: Part Two--9pm

Ethan Iverson, piano

Jan Vogler, cello

Juilliard415, period instrument ensemble

Florent Ghys, double bass

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Luce Trio, saxophone/guitar/bass

Gabriel Kahane and Friends, chorus


Thursday, March 28, at 12 pm: Simone Dinnerstein

The celebrated pianist will perform her acclaimed rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in her first New York performance of the complete work since 2009.


Tickets and a live video webcast of these events will be available at www.thegreenespace.org.




Filled with joy? Moved to tears? WQXR.org/BACH360 will be the place for listeners to log their reactions and emotions in this deeply immersive experience of Bach. Listeners will also be able to call in their impressions via the Bach Voices Hotline at (347) 286-1059.


For those looking to add some movement to their listening experience, WQXR has partnered with NYC yoga studios programming a Bach playlist specifically for instructors to use in their classes. WQXR will publish the track listing of this playlist for the general public to use during yoga at home.


Additionally, a special edition of WQXR’s classical music industry podcast, “Conducting Business” will convene a roundtable of experts on the longstanding debate around whether Bach should only be played “authentic” using the instruments and style of his day, or whether the work is open to modern interpretations and reworkings.


The site will also offer the “Bach Café,” a series of videos and recordings of notable performers including cellists Alisa Weilerstein and Jan Vogler, mandolin player Avi Avital and violinist James Ehnes playing Bach at WQXR’s intimate café.


WQXR.org will offer a free daily download from a new Bach recording each day of the festival. Up first will be a reissue of a classic Pablo Casals version of Cello Suite No. 1.


For musical selections, exclusive videos, the yoga playlist and more, visit www.WQXR.org/BACH360.



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 the 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.