All December WQXR presents special programming to make this holiday season merry and bright. All programming can be heard on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org, unless otherwise noted.

• WQXR's 2015 Holiday Programming

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

WQXR Classical Countdown (Dec. 27-28 & Dec. 30-31)
Every year WQXR asks listeners, "What is your favorite piece of classical music?" Based on your responses, we'll close out 2015 by counting down the 100 most-requested pieces.

• Hallelujah! WQXR's "Messiah" Map

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Recently in WQXR's 2015 Holiday Specials

New Year’s Day 2016 From Vienna

Friday, January 01, 2016

At 11 am on Jan. 1, waltz (and polka) into the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Mariss Jansons during a live broadcast from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.

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Christmastime in New York: Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Friday, December 25, 2015

Listen to the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performing a century-spanning program that tells the story of the nativity.

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Christmas at the Movies

Friday, December 25, 2015

There have been many Christmas scenes in movies and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Live From Cambridge

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Join us at 10 am on Dec. 24 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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Ton Koopman Conducts Handel's 'Messiah'

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ton Koopman leads the New York Philharmonic in Handel's "Messiah."

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Handel's Messiah from Trinity Church

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Listen to Julian Wachner conduct Handel’s classic oratorio from Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, the venue where it received its U.S. premiere in 1770.

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Throwback Thursday: The Story of 'Sleigh Ride'

Thursday, December 10, 2015

When we hear Sleigh Ride, by composer Leroy Anderson, we think Christmas. But it’s not about Christmas. It’s about ... just ... winter. 

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Chanukah Traditions Live From the Greene Space

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Watch the archive from a special evening of music celebrating the Festival of Lights with East of the River, Divahn and Andy Statman.

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A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama Live From the Greene Space

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Tune in at 7 pm on Dec. 24 to hear this year's radio drama inspired by Charles Dickens's classic tale featuring Kathleen Turner as Scrooge.

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The Calmus Ensemble and Christmas Carols of the World

Monday, December 07, 2015

Watch the video archive of great choral music in the Greene Space when the Calmus Ensemble makes their only public appearance in New York City this season.

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Throwback Thursday: Handel's First 'Messiah' + Map of NYC and NJ Performances

Thursday, December 03, 2015

This Throwback Thursday Jeff Spurgeon looks at the very first performance of Handel's "Messiah" in New York. Plus, see a map of upcoming performances of the piece.

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17 Serious (And Not So Serious) Holiday Gifts For Classical Music Fans

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

From those who enjoy music to those who aspire to make it, here are 17 gifts that will please the music-lover on your list this holiday season.

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The WQXR Holiday Channel Returns With Your Seasonal Favorites

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

WQXR is bringing the Christmas spirit with the return of our annual all-classical holiday channel. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 6, we'll stream continuous seasonal music, 24/7.

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WQXR's 2015 Holiday Programming

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

WQXR has you covered with special programming throughout the 2015 holiday season. Here is a calendar of the Chanukah and Christmas specials planned for December.

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9 Pilgrimages of Classical Music and Opera

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WQXR blogger Amanda Angel counts down nine pilgrimage themes in classical and opera, included also is Charles Ives's Holiday Symphony for Thanksgiving.

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