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WQED-FM 89.3 Programming for Passover and Holocaust Remembrance 2008
WQED-FM 89.3 celebrates Passover and recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day with a series of classical specials.

PITTSBURGH – WQED fm89.3 will celebrate Passover in April and recognize
Holocaust Remembrance Days April 27 - May 4 with a series of classical specials.
The Passover programming features classical music from some of the world’s great
composers, conductors and orchestras, including John Elliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi
Orchestra and Chorus performing Handel. The Joy of Prayer, an inspiring Sabbath
Service, is cantored by Sherrill Milnes, one of the greatest baritones of his generation.
WQED fm89.3 offers this schedule for Passover and Holocaust Remembrance Days:
Sunday, April 20th – 7-10am
Sacred Classics - In a Passover celebration, this week’s program features selections from
Hallel Service by Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun. The Berlin Radio Symphony
Orchestra with the Ernst Senff Choir is conducted by Gerard Schwarz.
Sunday, April 20th – 7-10pm
World Class – In celebration of Passover, World Class features Handel’s Passover
oratorio Israel in Egypt, performed by the Monteverdi Orchestra and Chorus under the
direction of John Elliot Gardiner.
Monday, April 21st – 9-10pm
The Western Wind’s Passover Story – Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind Vocal
Ensemble team up to tell and sing the Passover story.
Thursday, April 24th – 8:45-10pm
The Joy of Prayer – Baritone Sherrill Milnes cantors Martin Kalmanoff’s universally
inspiring Friday evening and Saturday morning Sabbath Service music performed by the
American Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Wednesday, April 30th – 9-10pm
A Voice for the Silenced – In honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on May 2, Monika
Vischer and conductor James Conlan take the audience to the so-called “cultural”
concentration camp – Terezín – to explore how music and culture thrived in the most
desperate of times. They are joined by one of the few remaining Terezín survivors,
singer Ela Weissberger, for an hour of music from imprisoned composers whose
suppressed music is now heard as a poignant reminder of the powerful force music can
play in people’s lives.
Thursday, May 1st – 9-10pm
Music of Remembrance: Brundibar – In honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on May 2,
Mina Miller hosts Hans Krása’s Brundibár, one of the 2007 Opera News Top Ten opera
recordings. A tale of innocence triumphing over evil, this children’s opera features
extraordinary interviews with playwright Tony Kushner, and with a woman who, as a
child, sang in 55 performances of the opera at the Terezin concentration camp, where the
composer, conductor and children of the original cast were sent and died.
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Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported
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