BACHanalia 2009

A Special Celebration on Evening Music Beginning March 21, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Airs during Evening Music from Saturday March 21st through Sunday March 29th
Tune in for Evening Music’s nine-day BACHanalia, as hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland celebrate the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. We’ll be sharing exclusive WNYC broadcasts of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra New Brandenburg Commissions by composers Paul Moravec, Christopher Theofanidis and Melinda Wagner, as well as the original Bach Brandenburg Concertos that inspired them; contemporary and Romantic variations on his music and even his name (in musical notation: B-flat – A – C – B); classic recordings from some of Bach’s legendary and obscure champions; and the now infamous Moog synthesizer "Switched-On Bach" by Wendy Carlos.

Paul Moravec
Brandenburg Gate
Paul Moravec
Listen to Paul Moravec's "Brandenburg Gate," as performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

Christopher Theofanidis
Christopher Theofanidis
Listen to Christopher Theofanidis's "Muse," as performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

Melinda Wagner
Little Moonhead
Melinda Wagner
Listen to Melinda Wagner's "Little Moonhead," as performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

Sara Fishko
Bach Chaconne
The Fishko Files
Some pieces of music, Sara Fishko tells us, never die, even under the stress and strain of time, multiple uses and variations. One such favorite is the Bach Chaconne, featured in this episode of The Fishko Files.
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Glenn Gould
“20 Years After Glenn Gould”
The Fishko Files
In this special episode of The Fishko Files, Sara Fishko traces the rise and fall and rise of Bach on the piano, from the years of Wanda Landowska and Rosalyn Tureck, through the Gould years to the present.
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Send us your Bach-inspired art!
Submit images of your own original artwork, sculpture, photography or architecture that was inspired by Bach’s music, and we’ll post them here. Send email attachments (no larger than 2MB) to (by sending us a submission, you are affirming that you are the copyright owner and grant us permission to feature the image on

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