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Holiday Highlights: Music for Passover and Easter

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4 versionThere are many reasons to celebrate the coming of spring, and WFMT has a variety of programming to enrich your Easter weekend and the beginning of Passover.

All week, Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin has been delving into Bach’s “Not So Minor B-Minor Mass” .

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, tune in at 8:00 pm central to hear Alan Gilbert conduct Bach’s B-Minor mass on The New York Philharmonic This Week. The outstanding lineup of guest soloists includes soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, tenor Steve Davislim, and WFMT’s newest host, Eric Owens, as the featured bass-baritone. The New York Choral Artists perform the dazzling and profound choral movements that make the B-Minor Mass one of the most admired works in the history of music.

On Friday, April 3, 2015, tune in at 2:00 pm central for A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman. The celebrated violinist shares music for the holiday by Handel, Halevy, Korngold, and many others, plus Yiddish and Ladino folksongs and other music to celebrate the season.

Also on Friday, tune in to Music in Chicago at 8:00 pm central to hear Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ performed by the Grammy Award-nominated Vermeer Quartet (Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Mathias Tacke, violin; Richard Young, viola; Kurt Baldwin, cello). The concert was recorded live at Domincan University Performing Arts Center & St. Catherine of Siena Center, Rosary Chapel on March 30, 2015, and includes spoken meditations.

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