WQXR presents Yuletide concerts, gift guides for the classical music fan, holiday recipes, Chanukah programming and more to bring cheer this holiday season. All programming can be heard on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org, unless otherwise noted.

WQXR's 2014 Holiday Programming

• The Classical Countdown begins Dec. 27

Holiday Concerts for Every Taste

WQXR Holiday Channel (Dec. 1-Jan. 6)
WQXR is getting into the holiday spirit with an online all-classical Christmas channel, a stream of continuous seasonal favorites.

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Recently in WQXR's 2014 Holiday Specials

New Year’s Day 2015 From Vienna

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne with the Vienna Philharmonic when it presents its annual salute to the waltz. Our broadcast airs at 11 am.

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Handel’s Messiah

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Recorded in 2012, the New York Philharmonic performs Handel’s "Messiah," conducted by Gary Thor Wedow.

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Simon Rattle: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For many years, conductor Simon Rattle resisted Tchaikovsky. But lately he's come around to the composer's charms. Here's why.
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Christmas Eve with WindSync

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The dynamic young Houston-based wind quintet called WindSync dropped by for a special Christmas Eve return visit to the Young Artists Showcase studio.


Episode 6: Gauntlett's 'Once in Royal David’s City'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Episode 5: O Magnum Mysterium

Monday, December 22, 2014

For this downloadable podcast we offer the nativity scene as rendered in Morten Lauridsen's choral piece, performed by the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine.

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Classical Christmas Carols

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mendelssohn wrote the music for "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," but he’d have been surprised that it became Christmas music.

Episode 4: 'Sleigh Ride', Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Episode 3: A Handel's Messiah Christmas Chorus

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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On-Demand Video: A WQXR Chanukah Party in The Greene Space

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watch the archived webcast of WQXR's celebration of the Festival of Lights in The Greene Space.


A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Journey into the rich melodic traditions of countries where Jews have lived and worshiped. Hear performances from East of the River, Shashmaqam and the Marty Levitt Klezmer Orchestra.

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Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today at 4 pm, superstar choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre shares Christmas favorites with co-host Brian Newhouse.


The King's Singers in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The English vocal sextet the King's Singers perform Christmas carols, holiday classics and new arrangements in the Greene Space.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday, December 15, 2014

Join us on Wednesday at 10 am for a live broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge for the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service.

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My Christmas Eve Encounter with Leonard Bernstein

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In my wildest dreams I never imagined I would spend Christmas Eve in 1989 at the home of Leonard Bernstein. But strange and wonderful things went with being the all-night DJ on WQXR.

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Watch: American Boychoir Presents Songs of the Season

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The American Boychoir, fresh off an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival, comes to WQXR to perform some festive holiday music. Watch the videos.

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Searching for Messiah, in Dublin and New York

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Yorkers is home to various annual Messiah performances but Dublin is where it all got started. Blogger Fred Plotkin visits the site of the premiere.
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A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama

Monday, December 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast of the radio drama inspired by Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring your favorite public radio personalities.

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Handel's Messiah Gets a French Twist

Friday, December 05, 2014

Le Concert d'Astrée delivers the standout recording in this year's crop of Messiah releases. Read more and get a free download.

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WQXR's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 04, 2014

We've collected 15 notable gifts for the classical lover on your list this holiday season, for those who proudly wear their love of music on their sleeve to those who listen to it.
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