WQXR's 2010 Holiday Programming

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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.

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Comments [25]

Lee King from Franklin, TN

Thank you again for the wonderful holiday music all month long. What a treat to tune in on Dec. 26th to still hear the beautiful carols, etc. We observe the 12 days of Christmas (we're one of the few families in the South who do) and I so appreciate WQXR's contribution to this. Your holiday stream has made my holiday infinitely more merrier!

Jan. 01 2011 12:17 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Merry Christmas! I am now enjoying the live broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and also throughout the course of the season have been listening to your special stream of Christmas music. My only "complaint" about it is that I would like to see the titles of what you are playing. I am happy that you will be continuing it through January 1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Dec. 24 2010 11:19 AM
Peter O'Malley from oakland, New Jersey

As I suspected, not a note of Christmas music after the 25th, which is, of course, the "First Day of Christmas", the remaining 11 days leading up to Twelfth Night on the evening of January 5th. Of course, sionce you've been blitzing us with too much Christmas music since Thanksgiving, I didn't think you'd play any once the actual season begins. I know it's a losing battle, but I thought I'd bring it up.

Dec. 22 2010 03:20 PM
Avir Kagan, MD from LI

all year a great variety and bits from childhood listening (March Slav;Hungarian Rhabsodies) but multiperformances of Rienzi overture with me only catching 3 of the Marriage of Figaro Overture and one of those a Brass version!! why not get a record of Ode to Joy on the kazoo! When I finally caught Enigma Variations I presumed it must have been an accident?

Dec. 22 2010 01:59 PM
Operafan from NYC

Thank you for this lovely treasure of holiday music, but for the love of God, please make a playlist available, and if we can have a little less Terfel, I would enjoy it a lot more. I'll take all of the Hampson, though; at least there is no wobble evident.

Dec. 22 2010 12:35 AM
John Goodwin from Demarest, NJ

Thanks for the "special" holiday stream. Jeff said it would be on through Christmas day. I
hope you will leave it running until Jan. 6, the 12 days of Christmas. Sometimes I get tired of the song but the reality is that many many of us do observe the 12 days and tradition has it that the 3 wise men arrived on the 12th day. No need to play much Christmas music over the air beyond the 26th but as long as you have the "special" stream it would be nice to still have it on. Maybe after Jan. 6 start playing freedom songs for ML King day then after King start in on Washington & Lincoln !

Dec. 20 2010 05:42 PM
WQXR

B. Stern,

Our phone number is (646) 829-4000. You can find more specific contact information on this page: http://www.wqxr.org/contact/

Dec. 20 2010 11:43 AM
Lynda from NY

I can get the standard station on my iPad. The mp3 player on the Special channel, which is wonderful, does not work n my iPad although I have no proble, on my Mac. Explain? I wrote an email last week about this and the lack of a playlist and have not heard back from anyone

Dec. 19 2010 10:13 AM
Terence Zaleski

Great variety of programming for Holiday listening ...Kudos to WQXR, its Program Director, and staff!

Dec. 17 2010 08:48 PM

Why is it impossible for WQXR to post their Holiday/Christmas channel play list?

Dec. 17 2010 02:54 PM
B. Stern from nyc

I can;t find your phone number. How come?

Dec. 17 2010 10:26 AM
Linda Cacaci from Daytona Beach,Florida

Thank you for your diverse and excellent programs for the season. I miss you. I can get you streaming in Florida and I am very grateful for that!

Dec. 17 2010 12:15 AM
WQXR

If you have specific questions about the playlist on the holiday channel, email Listener Services at listenerservices@wqxr.org.

Dec. 13 2010 12:25 PM
Grant from New Jersey

Is there any way to find the playlist for the holiday stream? There's a particular song I want to find the title of, but either it isn't announced or I'm missing its title.

Dec. 12 2010 10:27 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane

Nowadays, there's music and entertainment everywhere, available in so many formats and venues that one is not starved for lack of options. Records, audio and video, complement often in far better performance standards than current live performers and productions. Live performance is often more memorable and interactive, certainly more than "canned" performances.

Dec. 09 2010 04:13 PM
Kenneth Candelas from Flushing, NY

Hello, where can I find the whole listing for the holiday music (the all month long, please!)

Dec. 05 2010 12:29 AM
James Freeman

I sioncerely hope that the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented live on Christmas Eve morning, which I expect will be 10:00 am. Thank you.
James Freeman

Dec. 03 2010 05:09 PM
WQXR

Marilyn & Neil,

Here's the playlist from Naomi's recent Chanukah program:

Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
Chanukah at Home
Rounder 8017

George Frederich Handel
See the Conquering Hero Comes
DG 457196

Maoz Tzur
Lights-Zamir Chorale of Boston
AFKA SK-403

Mi Yemaleil and Chag Yafe
Rounder 8017

Eight Candles and Sevivon
Rounder 8017

I Have a Little Dreydl and Ocho Kandelikas
Rhino RZ 75349

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)
TV Matters MUM9040

To Life-Chanukah
Rhino RZ 75349

Dec. 03 2010 01:28 PM
Neil Schnall

OK clearly the playlist for Wednesday's program is NOT going to be posted. No one can even manage to come on to say so. This seems to be the typical level of responsiveness from WQXR.

Dec. 03 2010 11:17 AM
Ron Owens from Mountain Lakes, NJ

The streaming is awesome! Thank you so much for brightening the days for those of us who still maintain beliefs. your music
plays louder than the billboard by the Lincoln Tunnel.

Dec. 02 2010 12:28 PM
Neil Schnall

I do hope the playlist will be posted. Nice selection of music. I was particularly taken with the Ladino tune and its striking melodic similarity to the Miami Beach Rhumba (of all things). Couldn't quite catch who it was though, as we were arriving home just as it ended and didn't hear the back announce.

Dec. 01 2010 11:11 PM
Andrea Pack from Astoria, New York

Thank you for a delightful Chanukah program. The music was varied as per sources and time frame ; languages ranged from English to Yiddish to Hebrew and Ladino which are all part of our heritage. Splendid selection crammed into one half hour. Congratulations Naomi! You have added a unique touch to WQXR.

Dec. 01 2010 10:12 PM
marilyn rey from Cambria Heights, NY

Thank you, Naomi Lewin. That was beautiful!

Dec. 01 2010 08:36 PM
Marilyn from NYC

This show is marvelous; it's a wonderful platform for wonderful music. Please do post the song names, CD titles and labels so that your listeners can seek them out.

Dec. 01 2010 06:57 PM
Rhona Goldman from What does Location mean?

Why isn't your program re The Spirit of Chanukah on Friday. Dec. 11th listed on THIS page headed: WQXR's 2010 Holiday Programming?

I just happen to see it when I was looking foer informatioin about the Chanukah music I am listening to now (and enjoying!). (6:30 pm, Dec.1st).

Dec. 01 2010 06:41 PM

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