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Bychkov with Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Semyon Bychkov conducts Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Walton’s Symphony No. 1, Poulenc’s Two-Piano Concerto in d; as well as music by John Williams. The soloists are Kirill Gerstein, Katia Labèque and Marielle Labèque.

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Marina Rebeka Sings “La traviata” at the Met

Marina Rebeka as Violetta in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "La traviata," c. Todd Rosenberg

The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s La traviata with Marina Rebeka as Violetta, a singer who has headlined a couple Lyric Opera of Chicago productions, including Lyric’s own La traviata. Stephen Costello sings Alfredo and Ludovic Tézier sings Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

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Christmas Day on WFMT


Spend your Christmas Day with WFMT for the best in holiday classics, carols, and readings. Holiday specials include Chanticleer, St. Olaf’s Christmas Festival, and more.

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A WFMT Christmas Eve Celebration

Giambattista Tiepolo, “Natividade", 1732

On Wednesday, December 24, WFMT presents carols and traditional Christmas music throughout the day, plus holiday specials from around the world, including King’s College Chapel at Cambridge, and a classic reading of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”

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“Bring a Torch!” Christmas with VocalEssence


ohn Birge hosts this Christmas special with the VocalEssence choir, featuring Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada.

This year’s program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men’s chorus with English horn.

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“Christmas Eve” on the Tuesday Night Opera


According to legend, on the night before Christmas, the devil is free to roam the countryside, tormenting people to his heart’s delight. He decides to get even with Vakula, the village blacksmith, for painting hideous portraits of him in the church.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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