Bach & Beyoncé is a weekly program hosted by Maria A. Ellis, Conductor, Musician, and Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs.

July 29 and August 1:  Missouri Composers – Maria shares music of composers from the Show-Me State, including Robert T. Gibson, Ryan Main, and Susan LaBarr.

July 22 and 25: Sumner High School – This episode focuses on the oldest black high school West of the Mississippi. Join Maria as she features music from Grace Bumbry, Chuck Berry, and Lester Bowie

July 15 and 18: What is Cultural Appropriation? – Maria shares music from Joseph Bologne, Rissi Palmer, and Christina Aguilera as she addresses this important topic.

July 8 and 11: Randall Goosby – Join Maria as she interviews 24-year-old violinist Randall Goosby and features selections off his newest album, Roots. As a soloist, Randall has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony Orchestra, among others. Don’t miss their conversation!

July 1: Independence Day – Maria features music from early American composers, including George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, in celebration of July 4th. Please note: The usual Sunday rebroadcast of this program will not be heard, due to the Classic 107.3 Countdown.

June 24 and 27: Black Music Month – Celebrate music that resonates with black culture. Join Maria as she talks about the black church experience with artist Cedric Ballard and features a few of his compositions, as well as a discussion on Juneteenth.

June 17 and 20: Father’s Day – Maria shares music celebrating dads.

June 10 and 13: Pride Month – Celebrating composers who identify with the LGBTQIA Community. Hear works from Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Frédéric Chopin, George Frideric Handel, and more!

June 3 and 6: Summer Loving – Get excited for Maria’s favorite season: Summer! Grab an iced drink as you listen to works from Antonio Vivaldi, Will Smith, and, of course, Beyoncé!

May 27 and 30: School’s out for Summer – The 2020- 2021 school year has been interesting to say the least, but classroom teachers – especially music teachers – have persevered. Maria honors them with selections from Beyoncé, Hezekiah Walker, and others.

May 20 and 23: Raise Your Voice! – Last week the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can sing together indoors, which means choirs are getting ready to return! Maria celebrates choral music from around the country, featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Eric Whitacre, and Richard Smallwood.

May 13 and 16: Asian and Pacific Islander Month – Maria features the music of composer, writer, and classical pianist Chloe Flower.

May 6 and 9: Mother’s Day – Maria pays homage to mothers in honor of Mother’s Day, featuring works from Leo Delibes, Tupac Shakur, Edvard Grieg, Rebecca Dale, and more.

April 29 and May 2: Recital Season – Recital Season is in the air! Music students around the country are getting ready to showcase their talents virtually or in person to fulfill their music degrees. This week on Bach & Beyoncé, join Maria as she discusses arias most commonly performed at student recitals, including pieces from her own recital.

April 22 and 25: The Return of Live Theatre – Maria shares music from Les Mis, The Greatest Showman, Hamilton, and more. Tune in to see if your favorite musical made Maria’s list!

April 15 and 18: Cardinals Baseball – Maria is going to the ball game! Join her as she discusses the various genres of music played at Busch Stadium. St. Louis Cardinals players walk out to a variety of music, country, rap, soul, and…. MOZART?!

April 8 and 11: Happy Birthday, Girl Conductor! – Join Maria as she celebrates her birthday by sharing music from a few of her favorite composers, singers, and more!

April 1 and 4: Bach and Beyoncé! – Join Maria as she celebrates Bach’s birthday as well as Beyoncé’s recent historic achievement of becoming the most Grammy-winning female artist in history, garnering more awards than any other performer — male or female.

Maria A. Ellis is a music educator and choral conductor with more than 20 years of choral music experience.  She has been called a “master educator and a force of nature” by Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri- St. Louis.  Ms. Ellis has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and is the Founding Conductor of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries’ newly formed City of Music All-Star Chorus.

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