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.

Billy Joel
courtesy of the artist

As 2017 dawns, an iconic artist with deep roots in classical music takes you inside the lyrics and music of song with a prophetic vision.

Bach
Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

Last month, I threw down a challenge, one that, for those who embrace it, will result in extraordinary concert experiences... and maybe a surprise gift. Now it's time to cowboy up for round 2. Are you up for it?

Jules Eskin
BSO Archives

When Jules Eskin passed away on November 15, the Boston Symphony Orchestra lost much more than its Principal Cellist. He was a rare character who made an indelible impression.

Bach
Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

This concert season brings a rare Bach convergence. I dare you to take advantage of it.

Trumpet
Frank Burkert, via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

On the program:

Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 - Gottfried von der Goltz, violin and director;  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 226 (translation) - Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (selections) - Canadian Brass

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