Holiday Programs

Join us throughout the holiday season and enjoy holiday classics

Dates and times listed below.

 

DateTimeProgram
11/30/20188:00pm – 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 the pivotal role of the Evangelist.
12/2/20184:00pm-5:00pmCHANUKAH CELEBRATION with CHICAGO’S A CAPPELLA
Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include “I Have a Little Dreidel” (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of “S’vivon” by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for “Al-Hanissim” (“For the Miracles”) by Elliot Levine. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathon Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part this unique look inside old and new choral Chanukah traditions.
12/2/20185:00pm-6:00pmITZHAK PERLMAN’S CHANUKAH PARTY
Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party!
12/9/20188:00pm – 9:30pmpmA FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
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.
12/10/20184:00pm-5:00pmCHANUKAH CELEBRATION with CHICAGO’S A CAPPELLA
Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include “I Have a Little Dreidel” (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of “S’vivon” by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for “Al-Hanissim” (“For the Miracles”) by Elliot Levine. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathon Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part this unique look inside old and new choral Chanukah traditions.
12/10/20185:00pm-6:00pmITZHAK PERLMAN’S CHANUKAH PARTY
Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party!
12/11/20187:20amYET 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...
12/13/20185:20pmYET 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...
12/14/20187:00pm-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.
12/16/20188:00pm-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.
12/19/201810:00pmAN ANONYMOUS 4 CHRISTMAS
For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch. This concert is presented by Music Before 1800 and was recorded live at Corpus Christi Church on December of 2013.
12/21/20188:00pm-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 has all but disappeared.
12/24/201848 HOURS OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
Bring all the warmth and joy of past Christmases to life once again with RAF Classical 107.3FM and 96.3 HD2, 48 hours of commercial-free music. Enjoy masterpieces from Tchaikovsky, Bach, Handel, Britten and Menotti and welcome back old friends like Robert Shaw and Harry Belafonte.