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Archive for December, 2014

Valparaiso University Christmas Concert


WFMT’s Suzanne Nance hosts A Carol Festival with the Valparaiso Chorale, women’s and men’s choirs, and instrumentalists performing Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, in addition to favorite carols and hymns for the season.

A Christmas Memory

American author Truman Capote

Hear Truman Capote narrate his own short story, A Christmas Memory, published originally in Mademoiselle Magazine in 1956. In it, the author tells a largely autobiographical tale (or memory) of being seven years old in rural America at Christmastime

Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre

Composer Eric Whitacre

YouTube sensation and popular choral composer Eric Whitacre presents a program of his own works. In this one-hour broadcast, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse, describing the often colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

Holiday Special on “The Midnight Special”


The annual Midnight Special Christmas/solstice program features holiday humor such as Stan Freberg, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May, new Christmas recordings from 2014; and in observance of its 100th anniversary, a very special feature, the entire performance by Cantus of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 a recreation of carols and readings from that night in WWI

Someone’s Getting Married at the Met

Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott

The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” with Erwin Schrott in the title role, Danielle de Niese as Susanna, Mariusz Kwiecien as Count Almaviva and Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Countess. Edo de Waart conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Best of Studs Terkel: Christmas Memories

Studs Terkel, photo from NPR

In 1961, orator and radio personality Studs Terkel put together a program that broadcast voices from across America and Europe telling stories of childhood and recalling songs of holidays past.

Impromptu: Fireworks on the Violin

Paul Huang

Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recipient of YCA’s 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, violinist Paul Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in the YCA Series in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Los Angeles Philharmonic in Concert

American composer John Adams

Composer John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with guest organist Cameron Carpenter. The program includes Gordon’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Riley’s “At the Royal Majestic,” and Adams’s “Naive and Sentimental Music”

Candles Burning Brightly


Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

Happy Birthday Beethoven


Thinkers and artists from Stanley Kubrick to Franz Schubert have marveled at the works of Beethoven. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that Beethoven can stir in man a yearning to connect with a higher power: “At a certain place in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, for example, he might feel that he is floating