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WQXR's 2010 Holiday Programming

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WQXR is pleased to present special programming throughout the holiday season. Here is a listing of the Hanukkah and Christmas music you will hear in December.

All this Month: WQXR.org presents a special holiday-themed music stream. A gift from us to you - uninterrupted music all month long.

Dec. 1 -- 6:30pm: A Hanukkah Musical Celebration

For the first night of Hanukkah, Naomi Lewin begins WQXR's holiday music programming with a sonic journey into the spirit of Chanukah, a holiday celebrating freedom's triumph and spiritual rededication. She'll share folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries.

Dec. 9 -- 5 pm: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Join your favorite WQXR hosts for a live video webcast of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on thegreenespace.org starring Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce as Scrooge. Grammy-nominated composer John Forster will accompany the reading with an original score for piano, and Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion will provide the live sound effects. The production is conceived and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest. The event is sold out, but you can watch the live video webcast on WQXR.org. Watch the video from the live performance in The Greene Space. More details.

Dec. 12 -- 4:30 pm: Leon Fleisher in the Greene Space

It's not holiday-related per se, but the festive spirit will surely be alive when The Greene Space and WQXR present exclusive and intimate concert with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. The evening's program will include the Bach Chaconne (arr. for the left hand by Brahms) and the Takacs Toccata and Fugue for Left Hand, Op. 56. The event is sold out, but you can watch the live video webcast on WQXR.org. More details.

Dec. 13 -- 7:30 pm: Trinity Church’s Messiah - LIVE

A perennial favorite that always sells out, the Trinity Choir’s performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah is considered by critics to be the one “to beat” in New York. This incredibly rich oratorio features an elaborate mix of chorus, soloists, and orchestra that must be heard live… and what better place than at Trinity Church where it received its New World premiere in 1770. Julian Wachner conducts the Trinity Baroque Orchestra with concertmaster Robert Mealy. More details.

Dec. 13-17 -- 4:30pm Nutcracker Sweets

Naomi Lewin talks with author and chef Rose Levy Beranbaum of The Cake Bible and Rose’s Christmas Cookies to explore Christmas cookie recipes based on Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet.  From gingerbread to sugar plums, expect a new recipe – and some insider baking tips – every day this week at 4:30pm. More details.

Dec. 19 -- 7am (and 11pm): Premiere of The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Hosted by the conductor the New York Times called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world,” The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle explores the vibrant and transformative world of choral music.  This week's program explores the rich tradition of Christmas choral music. More details.

Dec. 19 -- 4pm: An Early Music & Baroque Christmas

Holiday oldies!  Host David Garland presents two hours of Christmas and wintertime music from medieval times through the Baroque era.

Dec. 19 -- 9pm: Noel! Christmas in Paris with Bill McLaughlin

Bill McLaughlin takes listeners on a music Christmas tour of Paris, from the medieval time to the present.

Dec. 20 -- 8pm: Welcome Christmas!

The VocalEssence Holiday Concert rings in the season with an all-new hour of joyful holiday music. Recognized internationally as one of America’s premiere choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by Philip Brunelle. This year they celebrate the music of John Rutter.

Dec. 21 -- 8pm: Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. It’s a joyous celebration of the school’s tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.

Dec. 22 -- 8pm: A Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic contemporary carols. And no Chanticleer program would be complete without Joseph Jenning's patented Christmas spirituals arrangements.

Dec. 23 -- 7pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday traditions. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student singers and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Dec. 24 -- 10am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (LIVE)

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England where the 30-voice King’s College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Dec. 24 -- 7pm: Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

Produced and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, the Charles Dickens masterpiece is brought to life by David Hyde Pierce as Scrooge and an all-star cast of NYPR hosts, including Jeff Spurgeon, Kurt Andersen, Jad Abumrad, Leonard Lopate, Midge Woolsey, John Schaefer, John Hockenberry and more. Watch the video from the live performance in The Greene Space. More details.

Dec. 24 -- 8pm: The New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy

One of the great WQXR traditions: Nimet Habachy’s reflections on Christmas in New York.

Dec. 24 -- 9pm: Echoes of Christmas

The Dale Warland Singers were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

Dec. 24 -- 10pm: Noel! Christmas in Paris with Bill McLaughlin

Bill McLaughlin takes listeners on a music Christmas tour of Paris, from the medieval time to the present.

Dec. 25 -- 6am: A Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic contemporary carols. And no Chanticleer program would be complete without Joseph Jenning's patented Christmas spirituals arrangements.

Dec. 25 -- 1pm: The Bartered Bride

Today’s Met Opera broadcast is an archival recording of Smetana’s delightful opera The Bartered Bride.  Originally heard live on December 2, 1978, this production includes a legendary cast of Teresa Stratas (Marenka), Nicolai Gedda (Jenik), Jon Vickers (Vasek), and Martti Talvela, (Kecal).

Dec. 25 -- 6pm: The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Hosted by the conductor the New York Times called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world,” The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle explores the vibrant and transformative world of choral music.  This program explores the rich tradition of Christmas choral music. More details.

Dec. 25 -- 7pm: An Early Music & Baroque Christmas

Holiday oldies! Host David Garland presents two hours of Christmas and wintertime music from medieval times through the Baroque era.

Dec. 25 -- 9pm: Movies on the Radio

David Garland celebrates the holiday with soundtracks from Christmas favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife and Miracle on 34th Street.

Dec. 30-31 -- 9am through midnight: Classical Countdown

Every year WQXR asks its listeners, “What is your favorite piece of classical music?” Based on your responses at WQXR.org, we close out 2010 by counting down the most-requested pieces. Two days of competitive classical countdown action! More details.

Jan. 1 -- 11am: New Year’s Day Live from Vienna

Waltz (and polka) into the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic and a live broadcast from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.

Jan. 1 -- 1pm: Pelleas et Melisande

Sir Simon Rattle makes his Met debut this season with Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande.