EASTER AND PASSOVER STORIES TO BE TOLD THROUGH WORD AND SONG ON CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 IN APRIL
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April 11, 2011
EASTER AND PASSOVER
STORIES TO BE TOLD THROUGH WORD AND SONG
ON CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 IN APRIL
PITTSBURGH—Classical WQED-FM 89.3 will broadcast six specials and an eight-part series in observance of the Christian and Jewish holidays of Easter and Passover beginning on April 17 and airing through April 24.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
• Sunday Baroque
It is written that when George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt was first played it was criticized a being, “too solemn for common ears.” Now considered one of Handel’s masterpieces, select pieces from this collection will be available for all to hear and enjoy. Sunday Baroque is a weekly, four-hour program broadcast Sundays from 7-11 a.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and hosted by Suzanne Bona.
• St. John Passion
On this Palm Sunday, the English Baroque Soloists accompanied by the Monteverdi Choir will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
• The Western Wind’s Passover Story
In preparation for the beginning of this year’s holiday on April 19, Theodore Bikel and the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble combine their expertise to present the Passover Story through word and song.
Monday, April 18-Monday, April 25, 2011
• The Art of the Cantor (eight-part series)
An eight-part series, The Art of the Cantor will feature music from the 20th century’s greatest cantors and provide a historical perspective and personal insight into the lives of these spirited musicians.
Monday, April 18
The Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Pt.1
Tuesday, April 19
The Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Pt. 2
Wednesday, April 20
The Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Pt. 3
Thursday, April 21
Operatic Cantors and Cantors in Opera
Friday, April 22
The Cantor of America
Saturday, April 23
Cantors in Concert
Sunday, April 24
The Western European Tradition
*Airs 10-11 p.m.
Sunday, April 25
Cantors After the Golden Age
Friday, April 22, 2011
• Performance in Pittsburgh
Host Stephen Baum brings local performances and interviews to WQED-FM 89.3 with Holy Week music. Performance in Pittsburgh can be heard weekly on Fridays from 7-10 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
• Rachmaninoff's Vespers
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh directed by Robert Page will welcome Easter Sunday with Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
• Sunday Baroque
Refreshing and spiritual Easter pieces will air along with highlights from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah. Sunday Baroque is a weekly, four-hour program broadcast Sundays from 7-11 a.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and hosted by Suzanne Bona.
Classical WQED-FM 89.3 has been broadcasting in Pittsburgh for 38 years. Simulcast on WQEJ-FM 89.7 in Johnstown, WQED-FM is also available worldwide at www.wqed.org/fm The official broadcaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, WQED-FM is ranked as the fourth most listened to non-commercial classical radio station in the United States.*
* Produced by Radio Research Consortium from copyrighted Arbitron data, Pittsburgh Metro, July - December 2010, Mon-Sun, 6a-12m, weekly persons 6+ and average quarter hour shares
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