WQXR Holiday Programming

Thursday, December 03, 2009

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

12/11-- 3:30pm: A Chanukah Musical Celebration

WQXR host Naomi Lewin takes listeners on a sonic journey into the spirit of Chanukah, a holiday celebrating freedom's triumph and spiritual rededication, sharing folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries.

12/12-- 7pm: Chanukah in Story and Song

A returning one-hour Chanukah favorite, a celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. Leonard Nimoy hosts.

12/13-- 3pm: Trinity Church’s Messiah - LIVE

Jane Glover, Guest Conductor, with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Robert Mealy, Concertmaster. Hosted for radio by WQXR Host David Garland. The 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.

12/17-- 7pm: Chanukah Lights 2009

A perennial public radio favorite for nearly two decades, acclaimed authors explore Chanukah stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. This year's show features brand new stories by Danit Brown, Michael Blumenthal and Rachel Shukert. Hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

12/19-- 7pm & 12/25-- 6am: A Chanticleer Christmas

America's finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional and best-loved Christmas songs from Gregorian chant to Gospel. The San Francisco-based chorus is recognized worldwide for its brilliant technique and musicality.

12/20-- 7pm: Cantus: All is Calm

Presenting an uplifting musical drama about the surprising 1914 World War I Christmas truce, Cantus- one of America's most accomplished male choirs—and Theater Latté Da have created a profoundly moving new work of musical radio theater. Using soldiers' diary entries and beautiful new arrangements of Christmas favorites, All is Calm tells both sides of the story as men who had been trying to kill each other in the fields of France spontaneously put down their guns, walked across no-man's land and sang together. All is Calm is written by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach.

12/20-- 3pm & 12/24-- 7pm: Welcome Christmas!

This lively musical program is a perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence.

12/21-- 7pm: Christmas Around the Country

The best of classical holiday music from coast to coast. NPR takes you from churches to concert halls to auditoriums to town halls all across the nation in search of performances that express the best of the holiday season.

12/21-- 2pm & 12/25-- 12pm: Echoes of Christmas

For more than 30 years, The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country, gaining acclaim as America's premier choir. The ensemble's signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the group's archive of live performances, Dale Warland together with host Brian Newhouse (SymphonyCast) create a very special musical treat: a collection of the best and most moving choral classics celebrating Christmas.

12/22-- 7pm: A Mexican Baroque Christmas

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

12/23-- 7pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

12/24-- 10am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - LIVE

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live, 90-minute stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

12/24-- 8pm: Amahl & The Night Visitors, the original NBC recording from 1951.

12/25-- 3pm: Choirs & Carols: An NPR Christmas

Hear musicians from around the world in NPR's performance studio as they share special holiday moments. Join host Lisa Simeone for ancient harmonies from Trio Medieval, traditional carols from the Riga Dom Boys Choir, and a rarely heard Christmas song by Sibelius, straight from Finland's YL Choir. The Pittsburgh Brass unpacks a pair of 500-pound bells to ring in the holiday, and the members of Trio Voronezh tune up a balalaika or two.

1/1-- 11am: New Year’s Day from Vienna 2010

Join us on New Year's Day 2010, for a sparkling celebration, live from the Golden Hall at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual New Year’s Day from Vienna, including your favorite waltzes and polkas, and so much more.

To see a listing of WNYC's holiday specials,  please click here.

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Comments [26]

Susan Yates from Croton-on-Hudson

Another year has past, and it seems the new management STILL doesn't undertstand that "A New Yorker's Christmas" is an essential part of Christmas Eve in the city and its environs. I'm sure your in house production of "A Christmas Carol" will be delightful, but it won't replace Nimet Habachy's warm and gracious impressions of the City.

Dec. 22 2010 09:30 PM
Susan Yates from Croton-on-Hudson NY

PRAISE to you for airing "A New Yorker's Christmas" on Christmas day!
SHAME on you for cutting it up and interrupting a seamless narrative to insert "non-commercial" announcements.

Dec. 30 2009 09:55 AM
Bob S from NY

There has been a rich variety of Christmas music on WQXR ,,, some light, others deep and serious. You have listed programs from concert halls, and churches. Handel and Humperdink have both been heard.

How does this fit in with your conclusion that NPR prohibits religious programming and your decision to cancel Temple Emanuel and the Sunday morning church programs. Do you feel we all need to live in a highly secular society devoid of spirituality.

Dec. 29 2009 04:23 PM
Susan Yates from Croton-on-Hudson NY

Will WQXR ever broadcast "A New Yorker's Christmas" again? It is a Christmas Eve tradition. It would have been nice to have some advance notice. Obviously, it must be the property of it's writer and performer Nimet Habachy. It would have been nice to have some advance notice.
However, thanks for all the classical guitar! You played more of that in your first month of this incarnation, that in any past whole year!

Dec. 24 2009 08:19 PM
Amie Ilva Tatem-Araaya from Staten Island, New York

Thank you so much for a Christmas Eve of Christmas music! It is truly a kind of Renaissance for WQXR....a Christmas music rebirth and you have the gratitude of one joyful listener.

Dec. 24 2009 07:59 PM

thanks so much for broadcasting the St. Olaf Christmas Festival and the Lessons & Carols service from Cambridge... those two things make Christmas, Christmas. :)

Dec. 24 2009 03:18 PM
Leslie Meeder from PA

Thank you for the wonderful Christmas programming. Better and better! I listen via computer, and it makes me feel I am back in New York. I loved the Chanticleer concert and the Mexican baroque concert, and am enthusiastically looking forward to the St Olaf Choir College concert tonight. Your choice of programming is the best.

Dec. 23 2009 09:28 AM

What happened to ......

"12/21-- 2pm & 12/25-- 12pm: Echoes of Christmas

For more than 30 years, The Dale Warland Singers........................."

Ronnie at 2:06 pm, 12/21

Dec. 21 2009 02:09 PM
Charles H. Kellert from New York

I couldn't agree more with David Marcus' comments. If you're going to do a Chanukah textual program, at least include some writers who appreciate Chanukah for its context in Judaism, not simply as a source for Rothian satire.

Dec. 19 2009 05:33 PM
Robert Marcus from Brooklyn, NY

12/17-- 7pm: Chanukah Lights 2009

This was the most low-down anti-Jewish rhetoric I've ever heard. Such ill-researched comments about the beautiful festival of Chanukah and its traditions is impossible to keep quiet about. The self-hating attitude of the person from Washington Heights. No-one would get way with such similar caricatures if this was about black culture or, black people.

As if it is all about food and the lame-headed comparison to Christmas - the holiday which draws Christianity back to European paganism.

Chanukah has no particular foods or, meals attached to it because it was a spiritual victory. The lights which we set for eight days is bacuse of a miracle that occured in the time of Second Temple in Jerusalem. It was because of battlefiled victories which dorve out the Hellenists who wanted to do away with three major spiritual concepts in Judaism; The Shabbath, The New Moon (lunar months according to the Jews, which allows for the accurate calculation of the Holidays - like Passover and so on), the circumcission of Jewish males and the learning of Torah.

When the Hashmonaim cleared the defiled Temple, they were eager to renew the full daily services.
One of these was the lighting of the Menorah which had to be lighted with pure olive oil which has not been defiled (by intentions to use it for idol worship). They found one small flask of oil which was enough for one day and by miracle it lasted eight days, the time it takes to prepare new pure, undefiled oil.

Th shamash, or center candle we use on the Chanukah menorah (correctly it is called a Chanukiyah) is not the "first" as that funmaker said. It is the one from which we light the little candles, or oil cups, everyday. (Shamash means the server.) Becasue we don't use the candles except to look at, we leave the shamash on so that if do read something by the lights we can say that it is the light of the shamash that we are using. If the room has electric lights on, we don't even need the shamash.

His prenunciation was terrible. Instead of "the armies of the Pharoh" he said he said "Pharoh falls out on" (e.g. the first day of Passover comes out on a Saturday). It was laughable. Only I couldn't laugh, my tears and anger prevented me.

I heard form one of my wonderful teachers that lighting the little lights of Chanukah in a darkened room not only shows us its peacefull and refined light but it laso shows us how beautiful the night really is.

For me Chanukah is its light which stands for wisdom in use of pure olive oil in the Temple, it stnads for song in the great tune and words of Mo-oz Tzur, for Torah, which we learn everyday, for the covenant between God and Israel, the circumcission, for Shabbath and the celebration of the New Month. All of which occurs during the eight days Chanukah which by the way means rededication.

Robert Marcus

Dec. 17 2009 11:36 PM
rayna from West Orange, NJ

I am LOVING this!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

Dec. 17 2009 07:22 PM

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Dec. 16 2009 03:20 PM
Gregory Tobkes from home

I have a devil of a time holding your 105.9 FM frequency. Any way to boost signal?
By the way, why did you give up such a powerful signal as 96.3 FM in the first place. I never had trouble keeping that signal from drifting.

Dec. 16 2009 01:29 PM
Marilyn Rey from Queens, NY

I, too, had been looking forward to Nimet's "A New Yorker's Christmas" on Christmas eve, but it seems to have been eliminated for this year. I certainly hope it is not gone forever.

Dec. 14 2009 10:37 AM
tfuchs from Brooklyn

It wouldbe nice to be able to stream the Hanuka programs at least during the season since I missed them.

Dec. 12 2009 09:44 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Bob Pollock-

Be sure that you are using the 128kbit stereo feed.

Dec. 11 2009 06:04 PM

Or you could listen to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's original Hannukah song, "Eight Days of Hannukah":

Dec. 11 2009 03:39 PM
Bob Pollock from Bridgewater, NJ

I lost WQXR on the radio, unless I also wanted to hear airlines conversing with Newark Approach in the background.

Problem solved! I put a splitter in the audio output of my computer, then connected this to both my computer screen and my stereo almost 30 feet away. Sounds great again!

Dec. 10 2009 01:19 PM
Ted Jablonski from Wellesley Massachusetts

Agreed. This is a great lineup. I have lived away from New York for 11 years now but WQXR.org helps make me feel very connected to the greatest city on earth. And thanks for making this lineup so easily accessible. Now if only I could click on the concert title and add it to my Outlook calendar.....

Dec. 09 2009 08:49 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

richard williams-

Make sure that you have the right stream. There is now a 128kbit stereo stream, along with the 32kbit stereo stream

Dec. 08 2009 04:18 PM
richard williams from Cochiti Lake, NM

As a devoted WQXR listener when living in NY it is wonderful to be able to hear you again. I moved to New Mexico 18 yrs ago and have really missed you. I listen to you now through my recently acquired laptop. It's like being in heaven compared to what the classical station in Santa Fe/Albuquerque has to offer. Thank you for being a part of my life once again.

Dec. 08 2009 11:57 AM
Richard Mullen

While you feature some wonderful holiday music on WQXR, you consistently leave out one of the oldest and important choirs of New York City: The Saint Thomas Choir. Would be nice to hear them inasmuch as they have been a part of New York City for over 100 years.

Dec. 07 2009 08:27 PM
Robin Holland

i would like to know if wqxr will be braodcasting "A New Yorkers Christmas" which was narrated by Nimet Habachy...i truly look forward to hearing it every year

Dec. 06 2009 04:49 PM
Bill Vaughan from suntree, fl

What an exciting lsting of the great Christmas and Hannukah sounds. Wish we could be home to listen to more of them but we have live performances to make here in Central Florida on some of the schedule. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful hours of great music!

Dec. 04 2009 05:24 PM
James Freeman

Thank you for this wonderful line up of holiday programs and especially for the live Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast on December 24.

Dec. 04 2009 04:56 PM
John Palatucci from New Jersey

Thank you. This is terrific!

Dec. 04 2009 12:56 PM

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