Join us throughout the holiday season and enjoy holiday classics

Dates and times listed below.

 

DateTimeProgram
12/1/20178:00pm – 10:30pmBach’s Christmas Oratorio
J.S. Bach's much-loved musical statement regarding the reason for the season in an acclaimed performance from 1987 featuring the Leipzig Radio Chorus, soloists and one of the world's great orchestras, the Dresden State Orchestra (whose history goes back to the 1400's). Tenor and conductor Peter Schreier leads the performance and sings thepivotal role of the Evangelist.
12/10/20178:00pm – 10:30pmA FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS from King’s College Cambridge

A central celebration of Christmas in England since 1918, the service has been broadcast live on the BBC since 1928. Selected readings are recited and carols – old and new – are sung in the centuries old college chapel by the world-renowned Choir of King’s College Cambridge. The service is the essence of Christmas in England and was recorded on location by EMI Classics live in 1999.
12/12/20177:20amYET ANOTHER PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

Find out what happens when the hapless Cynthia Bracegirdle really does receive ALL the presents of the twelve days of Christmas from a ... shall we say persistent admirer? It all goes just as the song says and that dry, British hilarity ensues in a production from the BBC featuring Penelope Keith and Brian Sibley. Poor Cynthia...
12/14/20175:20pmYET ANOTHER PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

Find out what happens when the hapless Cynthia Bracegirdle really does receive ALL the presents of the twelve days of Christmas from a ... shall we say persistent admirer? It all goes just as the song says and that dry, British hilarity ensues in a production from the BBC featuring Penelope Keith and Brian Sibley. Poor Cynthia...
12/15/20177:00pm – 8:30pmBERLIOZ : L’ENFANCE DU CHRIST (The Childhood of Christ)

Best known for the chorus “The Shepherds Farewell”, this oratorio of 1854 recounts young Jesus’ early life and the flight of his family into Egypt to escape King Herod and his minions. Present day audiences can still be taken aback at Berlioz’s gentle lyricism and simplicity in recounting this story. The performance is a classic featuring Cesare Valletti, Florence Kopleff, Gerard Souzay, Giorgio Tozzi, The New England Conservatory of Music Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by the great Berlioz conductor, Charles Munch. It was recorded in Symphony Hall Boston on Christmas Eve 1956.
12/17/20178:00pm – 10:26pmHANDEL’S MESSIAH

It's much more than just the Hallelujah Chorus as Handel's 1742 masterpiece has become the most famous musical celebration of Christmas in the English-speaking world. Our traditional holiday broadcast this year features Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler and Samuel Ramey along with the Mendelssohn Club of Toronto and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
12/22/20178:00pm – 9:26pmTCHAIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER (Complete Ballet)

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, an evergreen holiday favorite ever since its premiere in 1892 is broadcast complete this year and features one of the most acclaimed recordings of the score since it was issued in 1958. Ernest Ansermet - one of the all-time great ballet conductors - conducts his L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the orchestra he founded in 1918 and led for fifty years. Recently remastered, this version shines as never before and captures an old European sound and charm that otherwise has all but disappeared.