Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday Bach's Grand Finale

Easter Sunday, 2009 closed the score on VPR's popular program Sunday Bach.

For the last eight years host Mark Vogelzang and producer Karen Anderson worked together to bring a wide variety of the great composer's offerings (dare we say, Musical Offerings?) to the air, including Bach's complete cantata cycle (in sequence - twice!); masterpieces like the St. Matthew Passion and Brandenburg Concertos; and lesser-played works like the Art of the Fugue.

It's been my great pleasure to work with Mark and Karen over the last few years to help them find new and unusual recordings of Bach's music to bring to the program. Now, after nearly a decade, with the show having accomplished everything it set out to do, Sunday Bach has concluded production.

I know I speak for many in saying that Sunday mornings just won't be the same without it. And yet while we could never hope to replace such a special show, we do hope you will enjoy the new Sunday morning lineup on VPR Classical which includes our early music program, Harmonia (7 to 8am), and Suzanne Bona's Sunday Baroque (8 to 11am). You can see our entire programming schedule here.

Spring is a season of remarkable changes, and in that spirit we send out the very best wishes to Mark, who has moved on to his new position at NPR in Washington, DC. (Karen continues to work on other projects at VPR, as an integral part of our operations and production teams.)

As Bach always wrote at the top of his manuscripts, "Soli Deo Gloria"! And cheers to the promise of the new season ahead.

Cheryl Willoughby
Director of Music Programming

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