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J.S. BachThroughout March, Classical WETA and VivaLaVoce celebrate the March 21st birthday of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. The observance centers around the annual Bach CantataFest on VivaLaVoce.

Bach Cantatafest on VivaLaVoce

Classical WETA celebrates the birthday month of Johann Sebastian Bach with the return of "CantataFest" on VivaLaVoce. Throughout March, we will broadcast all of the more than 200 surviving cantatas by Bach. Cantatas air every other hour between 7am and 7pm each day, except on Bach's birthday (March 21), when we will air his large choral works (Mass, Passions, etc.).

Bach composed about 23 secular cantatas for civic occasions and more than 300 sacred cantatas (many lost), which he wrote and performed to supplement readings on Sundays and holidays at Lutheran church services in Leipzig.