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John Scherch

John Scherch

About John

The newest announcer and WBJC's evening and Listener's Choice host, a former heavy metal program director and erstwhile enthusiast, and Peabody graduate in voice and pedagogy, both of which he still practices. Full bio here.

Mar. 01 2020

Women’s History Month in the evenings

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, New Music, WBJC News | No Comments

(As with last month, I won’t be expressing much of my opinion on the merits of programming music by women here, but I am happy to discuss it with you privately via email. In short, I am very much for it.) Last month, and a little bit late, at that, I made a post with […]

Feb. 28 2020

New (and old) opera comes to Bel Cantanti

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, New Music | No Comments

Bel Cantanti Opera presents the world premiere of Frances Pollock and Robert Misbin’s Briscula the Magician, based on Thomas Mann’s novella Mario and the Magician, at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring from March 3rd to the 15th on Saturdays and Sundays. The opera features many quotes of opera from the 19th century, and […]

Feb. 28 2020

Handel Choir presents Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

Handel Choir of Baltimore will be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil at the Baltimore Basilica on March 7 at 2:30 PM. Artistic Director Brian Bartoldus stopped by to talk about the work, as well as the symphonic use of chorus.

Feb. 18 2020

IN Series brings their Carmen to Baltimore, and much more!

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, New Music, WBJC Programs | No Comments

Tim Nelson of IN Series stopped by to talk about their new take on Bizet’s classic, Le Cabaret de Carmen, as well as exciting new things happening for the company and opera in Baltimore.

Feb. 17 2020

Black History Month, as I’ve programmed

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

A running list of each of the 25 different black composers I’ll be programming this Black History Month.

Jan. 07 2020

When Classical Met (and could meet) Pop

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Some of the most well-known forms of composition in classical music are of dance music from the pieces’ time. A Bach suite (which he wrote very many of), for example, would contain dances such as an allemande (a French German-style dance), a courante (a triple meter dance often following an allemande in a Baroque suite), […]

Dec. 16 2019

Listener’s Choice: 12/13/19

By John Scherch | Posted in WBJC Listener's Choice | 1 Comment

Friday the 13th brought weird things to the Listener’s Choice playlist last week, so here it is! Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Hilary Hahn, London Symphony, Sir Colin Davis)Erik Satie: Je te veux (Bert Lucarelli, oboe; Susan Jolles, harp; Frank Morelli, bassoon)“Koppangen”/John Jacob Niles: I Wonder As I Wander (Anne Sofie von Otter)Henry Litolff: […]

Dec. 09 2019

Handel Choir’s 85th Messiah

By John Scherch | Posted in Interviews | No Comments

Handel Choir’s Brian Bartoldus came by to talk about their 85th annual performance of their namesake’s masterpiece.

Dec. 03 2019

The Hopkins Symphony performs unexpectedly tonal works

By John Scherch | Posted in Interviews, New Music | No Comments

Jordan Randall Smith, Hopkins Concert Orchestra Music Director and who will be guest conducting the Hopkins Symphony this Saturday at 7:30, came by to have a chat about how the works on the program (Sibelius’s 7th symphony, Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto, and a new work by Shelley Washington) are all from times that people don’t […]

Dec. 02 2019

First Impression: The Busiest Month of a Musician’s Year

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | 1 Comment

Happy December, everyone! If you are a professional musician, this means you (hopefully) have lots of holiday-related work to do this month. This also means that a lot of the music going on is of the traditional variety, in the holiday spirit, but there is still new music to be heard this month, and there […]