For many families, the holidays are when people come home. Over a holiday meal, we notice how much a child has grown, or that the baby is toddling. There is no time like the holidays for giving us pause to strengthen family ties. It is a time when generations gather to share love, giving, joy, and music. Celebrate the season’s glorious musical traditions with WFMT throughout the month of December.
Wednesday, December 4, 2:00 PM
Chanticleer—a LIVE WFMT Impromptu hosted by Lisa Flynn
Sunday, December 8, 5:00 PM
Leroy Anderson Christmas Special—Anderson enthusiast Leonard Slatkin conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in December favorites the composer arranged for string orchestra, for winds, and for brass. From the WFMT Radio Network.
Sunday, December 8, 6:00 PM
Advent Voices—This one-hour broadcast showcases contemplative music for the pre-Christmas season of spiritual preparation known as Advent.
Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert—This year’s broadcast of a longtime Chicago holiday tradition combines music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras with modern-day works for the season. William Jon Gray conducts and Kerry Frumkin hosts. “The [diverse] stories the pieces in this program tell,” reflects MOB, “are nonetheless similar in their message….Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn’t the only one at work; different nationalities, perspectives, and styles are reconciled through the power of music, and glorious harmony is clearly the result. What better way to celebrate the holiday season?” An offering from the WFMT Radio Network.
Friday, December 20, 2:00 PM
Welcome Christmas—Based in Minneapolis, the VocalEssence Choir is led by organist-conductor Philip Brunelle in its annual presentation of music for the season.
Friday, December 20, 8:00 PM
St Olaf Christmas Festival—A years-long tradition in Minnesota and nationwide, the December performance by singers and instrumentalists of St Olaf College brings us the cheer and the wonder of the holidays.
Monday, December 23, 8:00 PM
Valparaiso University Christmas Concert—The Valpo musicians celebrate Christmas with traditional and contemporary music. Carl Grapentine will host the broadcast that features the Valparaiso University Chorale, women’s choir, men’s choir, orchestra, and concert band. From the WFMT Radio Network.
Tuesday, December 24, 9:00 AM
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols—The King’s College Choir of England’s Cambridge University performs its annual service of readings and music, coming to us live via American Public Media. Michael Barone hosts.
Tuesday, December 24, 6:00 PM
A Chanticleer Christmas—The renowned male-voice chamber choir performs holiday music as we head into Christmas Eve.
Tuesday, December 31, 4:00 PM
New Philharmonic Viennese Pops—Live from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Kirk Muspratt conducts the New Philharmonic in what he calls “a New Year’s Eve celebration with an international twist.” Soprano Emily Birsan from Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center will perform Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus plus other favorites.