Bach Talk

Bach Talk

Bach Talk, presented by The Bach Society of Saint Louis, invites you on an enlightening journey into the timeless world of Johann Sebastian Bach. Classical music radio veteran Ron Klemm guides you through this monthly podcast, delving into a vibrant community that keeps Bach’s music alive. Beyond the concert stage, we uncover fascinating stories, offer musical insights and present profiles of the people that breathe life into Bach’s compositions.Join us as we explore Bach’s genius and the enduring legacy of his work. Whether you’re a seasoned Bach enthusiast or new to his music, Bach Talk welcomes you to join the conversation and discover the profound impact of Bach’s artistry on the world of music.

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April 23, 2024 30 mins

A professor, musician and concertmaster all in one! Violinist Lenora-Marya Anop joins host Ron Klemm and Maestro A. Dennis Sparger to discuss the challenges and rewards of interpreting Bach's music and more. She shares the story of her musical journey, from her start with Suzuki lessons at age three to her most recent triumph at Carnegie Hall. In her role as Concertmaster with The Bach Society Orchestra for nearly 25 years, her ...

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Explore the intriguing world of Johann Sebastian Bach with this captivating Bach Talk episode featuring tenor, author, historian, and Bach expert David Gordon. Join host Ron Klemm as they uncover fascinating details about Bach's daily life in Leipzig, Germany during the 18th century. Gordon challenges misconceptions about Bach as a stern figure, highlighting his sense of humor, love of life and the importance of his family. Don’t m...

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February 27, 2024 31 mins

Don’t miss this insightful conversation with Dr. Stephen Morscheck, a seasoned bass-baritone singer and professor of vocal studies. He’s returning to St. Louis to once again sing the role of “Jesus” in Bach’s St. John Passion. What goes into preparing for such a unique role? He shares insights into the intricate process of embodying characters like Jesus in Bach's compositions, emphasizing the importance of understanding the text, ...

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January 30, 2024 37 mins

Join us as soprano Michele Kennedy shares her musical journey, the impact of her mentors and where she finds joy in her life. She's sharing her vision for a more inclusive approach to historic musical practices while celebrating underrepresented composers and artists. The episode also touches on Michele's experiences during the pandemic, revealing the positive aspects, new skills acquired and the joy she found in daily practice. D...

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January 30, 2024 35 mins

The Bach Society Chorus brings together people from all walks of life, united by their love for music. Led by Dr. A. Dennis Sparger, the members boast a collective 575 years of singing experience in the chorus. In this episode of Bach Talk, chorus members share stories of their musical upbringing, the significance of performing Bach's music and the joy music brings to their lives. They also answer the question, “What makes The Bach...

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November 21, 2023 34 mins

Join us for a captivating profile of Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg in the latest episode of Bach Talk with host Ron Klemm. This conversation offers a look into her love for music, visual art and her formative musical experiences in the Netherlands. Josefien’s beautiful paintings and other works of art are eclipsed only by her magnificent voice. She shares her approach to singing, which emphasizes thorough preparation and emo...

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October 24, 2023 30 mins

This episode of Bach Talk captures a visit with host Ron Klemm, The Bach Society of Saint Louis' Music Director and Conductor A. Dennis Sparger and harpsichordist Dr. Charles Metz. He gives insights into the history of the harpsichord, the instrumentalist’s role in an ensemble and his personal experiences as a musician. Throughout the conversation, Charles plays examples on some of his many instruments. Tune in to hear this dynamic...

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September 26, 2023 26 mins

Get ready for another episode of Bach Talk as we dive deeper into the world of The Bach Society of Saint Louis with Music Director and Conductor A. Dennis Sparger. In this second installment of 'Meet the Maestro', we uncover more about the man behind the music and his remarkable journey. He also shares insights into the importance of teamwork, respect for volunteers and the power of Bach's music in uplifting and transforming people...

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August 21, 2023 25 mins

In this debut episode of Bach Talk, host Ron Klemm sits down with The Bach Society of Saint Louis Music Director and Conductor A. Dennis Sparger. They discuss the formative moments that led Dennis to pursue a life of music from his mother singing to his introduction to the accordion. Join us to hear about the memories, music and influences that make up Maestro Sparger.

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August 1, 2023 6 mins

Bach Talk, presented by The Bach Society of Saint Louis, invites you on an enlightening journey into the timeless world of Johann Sebastian Bach. Classical music radio veteran Ron Klemm guides you through this monthly podcast, delving into a vibrant community that keeps Bach's music alive. Beyond the concert stage, we uncover fascinating stories, offer musical insights and present profiles of the people that breathe life into Bach'...

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