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Christmas on WFMT

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“…the broad fields were so full of merry music, that the crisp air laughed to hear it!”

—Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Let the season ring! The nativity of Jesus has inspired composers far and wide; let WFMT fill your Christmas celebrations with the richness of this music. Reaching across the ages; across cultures, and continents—with over nine hundred years of music, including advent chants like “O come, O come Emmanuel,” to nativity celebrations by Palestrina and Vittoria, to J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten, Ottorino Respighi; to songwriters like Irving Berlin and Mel Tormé; to contemporary composers like John Rutter and Eric Whitacre; experience the Christmas story through dozens of composers this week on WFMT.

Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!”

—Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

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Weeknights, 7:00 PM

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

 

Monday, December 23, 8:00 PM

Valparaiso University Christmas Concert

Carl Grapentine hosts this broadcast of A Carol Festival with singers and instrumentalists of Valparaiso University. Music by Handel, Britten, Rutter, and more.

 

Monday, December 23, 8:00 PM

Christmas Cantata

Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams

 

 

 

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Tuesday, December 24

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

In the 9 am hour, hear A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Live from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University. The college choir and readers present their annual Christmas Eve service. Hosted by Michael Barone. In the 3 pm hour, hear Langford’s A Christmas Fantasy, performed by the Huddersfield Choral Society and John Foster Black Dyke Mills Band conducted by Roy Newsome.

 

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Chanticleer singing at WFMT earlier this month

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 24, 6:00 PM

A Chanticleer Christmas

The San Francisco-based 12-voice men’s choir performs music for the season.

 

Alastair Sim as Scrooge

Alastair Sim as Scrooge

 

 

`What’s to-day, my fine fellow.’ said Scrooge.

`To-day.’ replied the boy. `Why, Christmas Day.’

`It’s Christmas Day.’ said Scrooge to himself. `I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow.’

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

 

Tuesday, December 24, 8:00 PM

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield

1963 production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors"

1963 production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

Tuesday, December 24, 9:00 PM

The Tuesday Night Opera with Peter Van De Graaff

Peter presents a double bill of opera recordings and discussion. Hear Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors performed by soloists with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Alastair Willis. Also hear Boughton’s Bethlehem (A Choral Drama) performed by soloists and chorus with the City of London Sinfonia, conducted Alan Melville.

 

Natalie Böck Nussknacker as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Natalie Böck Nussknacker as the Sugar Plum Fairy

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25

Hear music and readings through this Christmas Day. In the 11 am hour, host Peter van de Graaff presents a performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1, with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. In the 2 pm hour, hear Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, performed by soloists and chorus with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. In the 3 pm hour, hear Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, performed by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.

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Nativity of the Virgin by Albrecht Altdorfe

Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 PM

Cedille Chicago Presents

Christmas and Farewell from Chicago’s Cedille record label

 

 

 

Thursday, December 26, 8:00 PM

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Winter Holidays!

Leonard Bernstein, Skitch Henderson, and Danny Kaye, conductors

Mozart: German Dance in C Major, K 605, Sleigh Ride

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #1 in G Minor, Op 13, Winter Dreams

arr Henderson: Winter Holiday 1961-62

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

J Strauss Jr: Die Fledermaus Overture

 

Friday, December 27, 11:00 PM

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio

Music of the Tenor Masters features John Coltrane’s Peace on Earth.

 

 

  • Tom, Bull Valley

    Yes, but the highlight of your Christmas programing has always been Carl Grapetine’s Christmas morning show! But the program host who substituted for Carl this year made little attempt to measure up to Carl’s wonderful Christmas music programing. The show was so disappointing that we tuned out before 7:00am. What a shame that WFMT dropped the ball in carrying on Carl’s outstanding Christmas morning tradition.