Don't miss these fabulous Easter specials. Enjoy great classical music throughout the Easter holiday.
NOTE: Listeners are encouraged to check with local NPR member stations to find exact program schedules in their area.
A Tribute to Robert Shaw
This Easter, NPR pays tribute to the late Robert Shaw with a special broadcast of the last major work he conducted, the expansive and deeply moving "Stabat Mater" by Antonin Dvorak. NPR was on hand to record Shaw's October 1998 performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, which ironically was the first time that Shaw had conducted the choral masterwork in his six-decade career. At the time, Shaw gave his last major broadcast interview to NPR's Martin Goldsmith, who over the years was granted rare access to the reclusive Shaw. Produced by NPR, hosted by Martin Goldsmith.
Bach St. John Passion
Bach's first setting of the Passion of Christ in a new concert performance by the acclaimed American early music/original instruments ensemble, Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrelle, Music Director and Conductor, recorded at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The soloists are: Gareth Morrell, tenor (Evangelist); Margaret Bragle, alto; Timothy Johnson, tenor; Michael McMurray, bass; Sandra Simon, soprano; and, Jeffrey Strauss, bass (Jesus). The program is a co-production of NPR and WKSU, Kent State, and is hosted by Suzanne Bona, producer-host of NPR's Sunday Baroque.