Bach & Beyoncé is a weekly program hosted by Maria A. Ellis, conductor, musician, co-host of the live SLSO broadcasts, and educator at Sumner High School.

October 21 and 24: HCBU Homecoming/The Battle of the Bands – Maria celebrates musical homecoming activities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU)!

October 14 and 17: William Bolcom – Maria features National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom, composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

October 7 and 10: Terence Blanchard – Maria celebrates musician and composer Terence Blanchard, who made history last week at the first black composer to have an opera performed at The Met. Join Maria as she discusses the historic debut of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and the ties that the opera has to the city of St. Louis.

September 30 and October 3: Celebrating the SLSO – Maria shares music performed by the second oldest symphony in the United States, our St. Louis Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy selections from Ludwig van Beethoven, Harry Potter, and more.

September 23 and 26: Music Education – Maria shares performances by The Aeolians of Oakwood University, plus music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

September 16 and 19: Luxury Classical – On a recent trip, Maria was shopping in some high-end stores and heard classical music. Are these two things related? Tune into the discussion and enjoy music from Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Beyoncé.

September 9 and 12: Happy Birthday Beyoncé – Maria celebrates the Queen, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, who just turned 40! She’ll count down her favorite Beyoncé songs and discuss Beyoncé’s journey in becoming one of the most powerful entertainers of our time.

September 2: Back to School – Last week students around the state returned back to school in person; for some, it was the first time since 2019. What does education look like in the middle of the pandemic? Maria shares works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Florence Price, Samuel Coolidge, and Beyoncé.

August 26 and 29: Jasmine Fripp – Maria speaks with passionate black music educator Jasmine Fripp about teaching during the pandemic, anti-racist classrooms, and Jasmine’s “With Love, Letters to my Fellow White Colleagues” viral Facebook post. Plus, music of Johann Sebastian Bach, R Nathaniel Dett, Digable Planet, and Jay Montae!

August 19 and 22: More Missouri Composers – Maria features more composers from our 200-year-old state, including Brandon Williams, Howard Helvey, and Dello Thedford.

August 5 and 8: The Soundtrack for January 6, 2021 – Maria discusses the events of January 6 through the eyes of an African-American woman in this Missouri Broadcasters Association award-winning episode. (Rebroadcast)

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.

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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