WGBH's Sounds Of The Season

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During the next few weeks, 99.5 All Classical offers a wealth of music to make your holidays more beautiful, joyful, and inspirational. 


Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7pm
Holiday Pops Live!

Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus take the stage for one of Boston's most cherished traditions. Tune in for favorite carols, a few suprises, and a visit from a certain fellow in a red suit, live from Symphony Hall in Boston! WGBH members, for discounted tickets to the Dec. 22 shows, visit The Boston Pops!


Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2pm
Act II of The Nutcracker

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Seiji Ozawa perform Tchaikovsky's magical ballet score, with the Spanish Dance, Dance of the Mirlitons, Trepak, and the Waltz of the Flowers.

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7pm
Best of Holiday Pops

Ron Della Chiesa hosts an evening of the best of the Boston Pops holiday recordings, beginning with Arthur Fiedler in 1937, the "Skater's Waltz" by Waldteufel, through the tenure of John Williams all the way to the latest download conducted by Keith Lockhart, the "12 Days of Christmas" by David Chase.  (Repeats Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7pm.)

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2pm
Messiah

Join Ron Della Chiesa for one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions as Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert on Dec. 5 at Symphony Hall in Boston with soprano Sophie Bevan, alto Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Allan Clayton, bass Sumner Thompson.  (Repeats Friday, Dec. 24 at 8pm.)


Sunday, Dec. 19 at 8pm
Bach's Magnificat

The Bach Hour features one of J.S. Bach's most glorious creations, the Magnificat, in a performance by conductor Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale that includes the rarely heard "Christmas interpolations."

Monday-Friday, Dec. 20-24, 5am-9am
Classical Christmas Carols

Did you know that some popular Christmas carols were composed by "classical" composers?  Felix Mendelssohn, Samuel Wesley, George Frederic Handel, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams all contributed to our Christmas bounty.  Laura Carlos shares these and more with you through the season.

Friday, Dec. 24 at 10am
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Continuing a broadcast tradition begun in 1928, the 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music, live from the chapel at King's College, Cambridge, with host Michael Barone.

Friday, Dec. 24 at 3pm, Saturday, Dec. 25 at 10am, & Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10am
J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Parts I, II, & III

Just as Handel's Messiah has become a holiday tradition in this country, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is a touchstone of the season in Europe.  Made up of six separate parts for specific days during the Christmas season, Parts I, II, & III tell the Christmas story from a festive announcement of the birth of Christ through the angel's appearance before shepherds in the field, and on to the adoration of Christ by the shepherds.

Sunday, Dec. 24 at 8pm
Messiah

Join Ron Della Chiesa for one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions as Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert on Dec. 5 at Symphony Hall in Boston with soprano Sophie Bevan, alto Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Allan Clayton, bass Sumner Thompson.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at noon
A Leroy Anderson Christmas

Hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, enjoy performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas music with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra.  Also, Leroy Anderson talks about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 1pm
A Chanticleer Christmas

A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir, the program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic contemporary carols. And no Chanticleer program would be complete without Joseph Jenning's patented Christmas spirituals arrangements. Recorded in the gorgeous acoustic of Memorial Church, on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 2pm
Music of the Baroque

Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration. Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion.  Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.  Diverse in nationality, temporality and musical style, these stories told through music are nonetheless similar in their message. Many are related to the Christmas narrative, shedding light on different facets of the tale, while others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe the season inspires can last the entire year.

Jane Glover conducts Chicago's Music of the Baroque with music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Johann Vierdanck, Michael Praetorius, Thomas Tallis, Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Jacob Handl and John Francis Wade, among others.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 4pm
An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

Grand candlelit halls, lavish feasts, and stately dances: the regal elegance of the Elizabethan era.  The time and culture of Elizabeth I also contained tension and intrigue, dark and light.  And it’s all evident in the music of their Christmas celebrations.  The Rose Ensemble captures those contrasting shades in concert, as they reawaken the ancient with medieval carols, and motets and anthems by the beloved English Renaissance composers Robert Parsons, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons, accompanied by lute and viola da gamba.  The Rose Ensemble is also joined by special guests Voces8, the vibrant young a capella group from London, for a glorious, soaring sound.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 5pm
Carols for Dancing

In the Middle Ages, lauda, villancicos, noëls and carols— all popular forms of dance song—became part of innovative celebrations of Christmas and then flowered during the Renaissance.  At Christmastime, these cheerful songs accompanied joyful dancing at home and in the streets, in churches and cathedrals. Showcasing vigorous performances by Renaissonics, an award-winning improvisatory Renaissance dance band that produced new arrangements for this special, the program also tells the story of the mid-winter holiday dance tradition with brief, intriguing narratives by Ellen Kushner.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 6pm
Noël - A Christmas from Paris

The celebrated Westminster Choir from Princeton takes listeners on a musical Christmas tour, from medieval Paris to the present day, with host Bill McGlaughlin.

Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7pm
Best of Holiday Pops
Ron Della Chiesa hosts an evening of the best of the Boston Pops holiday recordings, beginning with Arthur Fiedler in 1937, the "Skater's Waltz" by Waldteufel, through the tenure of John Williams all the way to the latest download conducted by Keith Lockhart, the "12 Days of Christmas" by David Chase.



Saturday, Jan. 1 at 11am & Sunday, Jan. 2 at 3pm
New Year's Day from Vienna
This annual celebration concert by the Vienna Philharmonic features the waltzes, marches, gallops  of the Strauss family and much more.  This year, following in the steps of fellow Austrians Clemens Krauss, Josef Krips, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the conductor is the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst.  Join host Cathy Fuller for a festive entry into 2011!

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