Brian McCreath

Host & Digital Producer

Brian McCreath produces WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, produces and hosts both The Bach Hour and The Answered Question (an interview podcast), and supervises digital content production for classicalwcrb.org. He came to WGBH from a diverse background in music. With degrees in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory and The College of Wooster, he spent several years as a musician, including two years with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and five years as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Ideas about the business of music, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led him into artist management in 2000, and radio wasn’t far behind. He worked on the production team for the talk shows of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network in Milwaukee before moving to Boston in 2001. Three years later he joined the classical music production staff of WGBH. Since then, in addition to those noted previously, his roles have included programming and hosting weekend mornings and weekday afternoons, and production and hosting of live concert broadcasts presented by the Handel and Haydn Society, Rockport Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and others.

On the program:

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little" (arr. Rechtman) - Montreal Festival Wind Orchestra, Mordecai Rechtman, conductor

Cantata BWV 17 Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich (translation) - Malin Hartelius, soprano;  Robin Tyson, counter tenor;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Peter Harvey, bass;  English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 - Jeremy Denk, piano

On the program:

Cantata BWV 59:  III.  Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott  - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Sonata for Solo Violin in C, BWV 1005 - Alina Ibragimova, violin

Chorale Prelude:  Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651 - Craig F. Humber, organ (Silbermann organ at St. Peter's Church, Freiberg) (for information on the 2007 organ restoration, visit St. Peter's online)

Cantata BWV 172 Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten!  (translation) - Barbara Schlick, soprano;  Kai Wessel, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Klaus Mertens, bass;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

On the program:

Concerto in A minor (orig. D minor), BWV 596 - Flanders Recorder Quartet

Cantata, BWV 125 Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (translation) -Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Andreas Weller, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Concerto in C for 2 pianos, BWV 1061 -Christoph Eschenbach and Justus Frantz, pianos; Hamburg Philharmonic

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