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2:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Jingle All The Way! WRTI's Classical Holiday Schedule

It's classical music for the holidays on WRTI, from Saturday, December 14th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. WRTI celebrates the season with a carefully chosen selection of holiday favorites. Highlights include: Tuesday, December 24th - The Nutcracker in its entirety. On Christmas Day, we bring you The Messiah...Eugene Ormandy conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  On New Year's Day at 11 am 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 with Daniel Barenboim conducting.


Saturday, December 14

9 AM Francesco Manfredini: Concerto Grosso No. 12 in C, Op . 3, Christmas Concerto

10 AM Robert Russell Bennett: Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 1

11:30 AM Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends on Crossover

Sunday, December 15

1 PM  The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert: The Glorious Sound of Christmas concert from 2004

Monday, December 16

11 AM Leopold Mozart: A Musical Sleighride, Eduard Melkus Ensemble

5:30 PM  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite - The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Tuesday, December 17

10 AM William Henry Fry: Santa Claus, a Christmas Symphony – Scottish National Orchestra, Tony Rowe cond.

4 PM Morton Gould: Serenade of Carols – New Philharmonia, Morton Gould, cond.

Wednesday, December 18

11 AM Randall Bass – A Christmas Flourish – Turtle Creek Chorale, Timothy Seelig, cond.

12 noon Holiday AT YOUR REQUEST

4:30 PM John Rutter – Gloria – City of Birmingham Symphony, Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, cond. *Sponsored in part by GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE

Thursday, Dec. 19th

10 AM  Victor Hely-Hutchinson-  A Carol Symphony-  Pro Arte Orchestra, Barry Rose

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

Friday, Dec. 20th

10 AM Leroy Anderson-  A Suite of Carols for Brass-  Orchestra, Leroy Anderson, cond.

1 PM   Lutoslawski- Polish Christmas Carols-  David Zinman, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia Chorus

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

Saturday,  Dec. 21st

9 AM Jan Ryba – A Czech Christmas Mass – Prague Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists, Vaclav Smetacek, cond.

10 AM Leroy Anderson - A Suite of Carols for Strings - Orchestra, Leroy Anderson, cond.

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

11 AM Francis Poulenc – Four Christmas Motets – The Philadelphia Singers,  Michael Korn, cond.

11:30 to 12:30 AM - It's A "Grassical" Christmas with the DePue Brothers Band!

Sunday, Dec. 22nd

2 PM Handel – Messiah – A LIVE BROADCAST by The Philadelphia Orchestra from the Kimmel Center! Gregg Whiteside is host.

*Sponsored in part by WINTERTHUR

Monday, Dec. 23rd

10 AM Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria in D - Wren Orchestra, St. John’s College Choir and soloists, George Guest, cond.

11 AM Robert Russell Bennett- Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 2-  RCA Victor Symphony, Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, cond.

4 PM Opera stars sing music of the holidays! - Pavarotti, Domingo, Sutherland, Gheorghiu, Alagna, and more! *Sponsored in part by ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY

Tuesday, December 24th

10 AM-   Hugo Wolf-  Christnacht, Cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra-  Berlin Radio Symphony and Berlin Phil. Choir, soloists,  Uwe Gronostay, cond.

12 to 1:30 PM-  Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, complete ballet in two acts - London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,  Antal Dorati, cond.
*Sponsored in part by PENNSYLVANIA TRUST

4 PM Rutter - When Icicles Hang-  John Rutter, City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers

6 PM-  A Centennial Ceremony of Carols- A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration!  A centennial birthday celebration of the British composer’s birth, and a look at some his great choral music.

7 PM Musical Gifts – Joshua Bell and friends. Bell performs music for the holidays.

8 PM -  The Crossing @ Christmas

Wednesday,  Dec. 25th

12 AM – 6 AM -  Christmas Through the Night with Peter Van De Graaf   (HD-2 and Classical Stream)

9 AM Ralph Vaughan Williams -  Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Barry Rose, Pro Art Orchestra, Guilford Cathedral Choir *Sponsored in part by WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

10 AM Francis Poulenc – Four Christmas Motets – The Philadelphia Singers, Michael Korn, cond.

12 PM Handel – Messiah – Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir *Sponsored in part by PIFFARO, the Renaissance Band

2 PM The Crossing @ Christmas – Recorded in concert on Friday, Dec. 20th, Donald Nally conducts a program of contemporary choral music including Astralis of Wolfgang Rihm, plus works of Toivo Tulev and Gabriel Jackson on the nativity with David Manley, guitar and Thomas Mesa, cello *Sponsored in part by WINTERTHUR

6 PM - Choral Christmas (Stile Antico)
(HD-2 and Classical Stream)

7 PM - Welcome Christmas! The VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media
(HD-2 and Classical Stream)

8 PM – A Journey through the Nutcracker -  Music and the story of this perennial Tchaikovsky favorite, with James David Jacobs, and the Boston Ballet *Sponsored in part by PENNSYLVANIA BALLET

10 PM – Christmas through the Night, with Peter van de Graaf.

**Programs scheduled after 6 pm can be heard on WRTI HD-2, and the all-classical web stream at

Wednesday, January 1

11 AM New Year's Day From Vienna - the annual Vienna Philharmonic broadcast featuring music of the Strauss family. Daniel Barenboim conducts.


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