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More Than Bach at the Bach Society

A. Dennis Sparger, Music Director and Conductor of the Bach Society of Saint Louis, stopped by CITYSCAPE to preview the 60th Christmas Candlelight Concert at Powell Hall on Tuesday, December 21st when internationally acclaimed soprano Christine Brewer joins the chorus and orchestra in three works.   

Ironically, the  capacity crowd on Tuesday won't hear a single Bach work.   Instead, they'll hear a program including Francis Poulenc's Gloria, a selection of traditional carols, and, on the humorous side, Craig Courtney's A Musicological Journey of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Concert-goers should come ready to raise their voices as the Bach Society  continues its tradition of inviting the audience to join in singing Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and O Come, All Ye Faithful.  And no Bach Society Christmas program is complete without the traditional Candlelight Procession.


In his discussion with Steve Potter, A. Dennis Sparger had high praise for Christine Brewer, who was a regular soloist with the Bach Society early in her career.  Brewer talked further about her association with the organization in a later segment of CITYSCAPE.

Listen to the entire interview to hear clips of Poulenc's Gloria, the  Sussex Carol and selections from Craig Courtney's A Musicological Journey of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Aaron is the audio engineer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.

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