Arts, Music

Celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s Birthday With Music Contributor Scott Stewart

There is much debate whether Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday is on March 21 or 31.
There is much debate whether Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday is on March 21 or 31.
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There’s a recent post on Twitter showing a picture of an older woman who was self-isolating. Two neighborhood kids were playing a pop-up cello concert on her front porch.

David Brooks mentioned this in his New York Times column and asked readers if they’ve noticed that “Music and art are already filling the emotional gaps left by the absence of direct human contact?”

On “City Lights” Friday, we’re offering some listening examples to soothe, uplift and perhaps energize you.

WABE music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Skype to discuss the beautiful works created by master composer Johann Sebastian Bach, whose birthday is celebrated this month.

Scholars are working to determine if his birthday was actually March 21 or March 31, but we don’t need a definite date to honor one of the most creative musical minds in history.

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