The Nutcracker Ballet

Dashing through the snow, to your radio you shall go! WRTI brings you the holidays in all their sonic glory. Here are highlights from our classical schedule through January 5th, 2017. Here's to a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2017. Season's greetings from all of your friends at WRTI!

Today, The Nutcracker ballet is as much a Christmas tradition as eggnog, jingle bells, and mistletoe. But centuries ago - long before a nutcracker appeared on stage - miners in the rural Ore Mountain region of Germany began crafting the ubiquitous household characters. The whimsical, dual-purpose figurines were toys that inspired play among the young, and tools that cracked nuts for all.

Join us for a complete broadcast of this magical music, in a legendary performance featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Antal Dorati.  It begins at 12 noon on Christmas Eve.