It's a Jolly Holiday Season with Classical Music on WRTI 90.1!

Nov 30, 2017

WRTI 90.1 brings you the holidays in all their sonic glory! Below are highlights from our carefully chosen selection of classical holiday favorites through January 1, 2018. Here's to a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2018. Season's greetings from all of your friends at WRTI!

Highlights include: The Nutcracker in its entirety starting at 11 am on Friday, December 22nd. On Christmas Day, you'll hear a series of very special programs—the perfect soundtrack for opening presents and Christmas feasts! And of course, on New Year's Day at 3 pm it's New Year's Day from Vienna, the annual New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, in works by the Strauss family from the Musikverein, Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti.

Here's a sampling from our schedule:

Sunday, December 3rd
4 pm: Advent Voices. It's an hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story, and its symbolism.

Monday, December 4th
11 am: Johann Pez, Concerto Pastorale in F, Les Violons du Roi, Quebec

4 pm: Carl Davis, A Christmas Carol, Carl Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra

Tuesday, December 5th
10:30 am: Robert Russell Bennett, Many Moods of Christmas (Suite 1)  Robert Shaw,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale

Wednesday, December 6th
4 pm: Max Bruch, Salute to Christmas, Uwe Gronostay, Berlin Radio Symphony, Choir

Thursday, December 7th
10 am: Rimsky Korsakov, Christmas Eve Suite, Bochum Symphony, Othmar Maga, cond.

Friday December 8th
11 am: Locatelli, Christmas Concerto, Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

Monday, December 11th
3 pm: John Rutter, Gloria, Stephen Cleobury , Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Tuesday, December 12th
10 am: Leroy Anderson, Suite of Carols for Woodwinds, Leonard Slatkin, BBC Philharmonic

Wednesday, December 13th
10 am: Robert Russell Bennett: Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 2, Robert Shaw, RCA Victor Symphony, Robert Shaw Chorale

4 pm: Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, RV589, Martin Perlman, Boston Baroque

Thursday,  December 14th
11 am: Leopold Mozart, A Musical Sleighride, Eduard Melkus Ensemble

Sunday, December 17th
3 pm: Itzhak Perlman’s 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—evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes and Hanukkah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. Fun for the whole family!

4 pm: Candles Burning Brightly
It's a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. The show explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities with plenty of music!

Monday, December 18th
10 am: Leroy Anderson, A Suite of Carols for Brass, Orchestra, Leroy Anderson, cond.

1 pm: Carl Davis, A Christmas Carol (Medley for Orchestra) Northern Ballet Sinfonia, John Pryce-Jones, cond.

5:30 pm: John Rutter, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, John Rutter, cond. Cambridge Singers, London Sinfonia

Tuesday, Dember 19th
10 am: Leroy Anderson, A Suite of Carols for Strings, Leroy Anderson, cond.

10:30 am: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Barry Rose, Pro Art Orchestra, Guilford Cathedral Choir

1 pm: Francis Poulenc, Four Christmas Motets, The Philadelphia Singers, Michael Korn, cond.

4 pm: Robert Russell Bennett, Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 3, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Wednesday, December 20th
10 am: Randol Alan Bass, A Symphony of Carols, National Symphony Orchestra, London, Tallis Chamber Choir, Randol Alan Bass, cond.

12 noon: AT YOUR REQUEST for the Holidays!

4 pm: Valdis Zilveris, A Starlit Christmas, Latvian National Chamber Orchestra and Choruses, Laura Zamura, cond.

5:30 pm: John Rutter, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas; John Rutter, cond., Cambridge Singers, London Sinfonia

Thursday, December 21st
10 am: Hugo Wolf, Christnacht, Cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony and Berlin Phil. Choir, soloists, Uwe Gronostay, cond.

11 am: Robert Russell Bennett, Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 1, RCA Victor Symphony, Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, cond.

4 pm: Rutter: When Icicles Hang, John Rutter, City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers

Friday, December 22nd
10 am: Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria in D, Wren Orchestra, St. John’s College Choir and soloists, George Guest, cond.

10:30 am: Robert Russell Bennett, Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 2, RCA Victor Symphony, Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, cond.

11 am to 12:30 pm: Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker,complete ballet in two acts, ladimir Ashkenazy, Royal Philharmonic

Saturday, December 23rd
1 pm: The Metropolitan Opera, Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
4:30 pm: An Operavore’s Christmas

Sunday, December 24th
10 am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

1 pm: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Glorious Sound of Christmas, Bramwell Tovey, conductor, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Alan Harler, director

3 pm: A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas
Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.  Founded in 1815, the Society is celebrating their bicentennial season. The program features music from the 15th century to the late 20th; a Christmas for all times.

4 pm: Center Stage from Wolf Trap: Boston Brass Holiday Concert
From the Barns at Wolf Trap, America's National Park for the Performing Arts, in Vienna, Virginia, comes a holiday special featuring the Boston Brass performing traditional and contemporary holiday favorites

8 pm: WRTI 90.1’s A Christmas Carol

Monday December 25th
6 am: Welcome Christmas!
It's a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Tune in for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

7 am: A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico
Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices! Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul’s church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the Renaissance. Hear the group’s luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

8 am: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. It's an annual favorite!

9 am: A Chanticleer Christmas
Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is called "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites.

10 am: The Crossing @ Christmas
WRTI 90.1 invites you to experience The Crossing chamber choir’s 2017 Christmas concert, recorded live Friday December 15th at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square. This annual performance is known for creating an aura of tranquility, and has become a holiday tradition for many vocal music lovers throughout our region.  The concert is always sold out early, so this may be your only chance to hear it!

12 pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival
This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

2 pm: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

4 pm: Carols and Cheer
The Minnesota-based choral ensemble, The Singers, review their favorite carols this holiday season, from holiday classics to contemporary hits. You'll love singing along as you hear their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

5 pm: Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges—two of the most prestigious, historically black institutions in the nation—get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.

Tuesday, December 26th
10 am: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Part 1
3 pm: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Part 2

Wednesday, December 27
3 pm: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Part 3

Monday, January 1
10 am: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Part 4

11 am: New Year's Day from Vienna. Riccardo Muti returns to conduct the annual concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in their traditional concert of music by the Strauss family and friends. Recorded earlier New Year’s day in the Musikverein.
 

The King's Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have fun with "The Twelve Days of Christmas"