WQXR's 2011 Holiday Programming

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

WQXR is pleased to present special programming throughout the 2011 holiday season. Here is a calendar of the Hanukkah and Christmas specials that 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. UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we've extended the Holiday Stream to run through Jan. 7. Enjoy!

12/1 WQXR Holiday Channel Online at WQXR.ORG
WQXR is getting into the holiday spirit with an all-classical Christmas channel.  Now through December 31, the WQXR Holiday Channel will stream continuous seasonal favorites. From beloved carols to festive winter favorites, our stream includes classic recordings from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Philadelphia Brass, and Robert Shaw, as well as new releases from John Rutter, Jeffrey Biegel and more.

12/12 - 7:30 pm Trinity Church Choir – Handel's Messiah
Music director Julian Wachner conducts Handel’s classic oratorio, which received its New World premiere at Trinity Church in 1770.  Our annual broadcast is hosted by David Garland with guest commentator Kent Tritle.

12/12-16 - 6:30 pm Nutcracker Sweets  
This week 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. View the recipes.

12/18 - 7 am (repeated at 11 pm) The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle: Handel’s Judas Maccabeus
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: Kent presents the Reader’s Digest version of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus, based on the story celebrated at Chanukah.

12/18 - 4 pm 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.

12/18 - 9 pm (pre-empting St. Paul Sunday) Christmas Daybreak with Bill McLaughlin
Host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the singers of The Crossing Choir and actors from the Pig Iron Theatre Company as they present new music for Christmas by American and British composers.

12/19 - 8 pm 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.

12/20 - 6:30 pm: A Chanukah Musical Celebration
The spirit of Chanukah, a holiday joyous at freedom's triumph and spiritual rededication, is richly reflected in the folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries. Host Naomi Lewin presents this music for all to enjoy in A Chanukah Musical Celebration. This program is hosted by Naomi Lewin and was produced while she was at WGUC in Cincinnati.

12/20 - 8 pm: The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle: Handel’s Judas Maccabeus
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: Kent presents the Reader’s Digest version of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus, based on the story celebrated at Chanukah.

12/21 - 8 pm: La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp, villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.

12/22 - 8 pm: 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.

12/23 - 7 pm: 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.

12/23 - 9 pm: An Early Music & Baroque Christmas **ENCORE**

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

12/24 - 10 am: 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.

12/24 - 1 pm: La Fille Du Regiment
Nino Machaidze is Donizetti’s spunky heroine in Laurent Pelly’s production. Her Tonio is Lawrence Brownlee, who delivers all nine high C’s of his famous aria with aplomb, and Kiri Te Kanawa is the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

12/24 - 5:30 pm: Calmus Christmas
Jeff Spurgeon hosts the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig for Christmas carols and seasonal favorites.

12/24 - 6 pm: 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.

12/24 - 7 pm: The New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy
One of the great WQXR traditions: Nimet Habachy’s reflections on Christmas in New York.  

12/24 - 8 pm: A Christmas Carol (from The Greene Space show on 12/9)
Produced from this year’s live performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at The Greene Space. Starring F. Murray Abraham as Ebenezer Scrooge with WNYC and WQXR personalities John Schaefer, Jeff Spurgeon, Jad Abumrad, Richard Hake, David Garland, Naomi Lewin, Nimet Habachy, Elliott Forrest, Brian Zumhagen, Lorraine Mattox, Robert Krulwich, Brooke Gladstone and Jalen Robinson as Tiny Tim. With A Prairie Home Companion sound effects artist Fred Newman shaping the audio atmosphere and John Forster playing piano. The production is directed by Elliott Forrest.  

12/24 - 9 pm: 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."

12/24 - 10 pm: All Ears
Terrance McKnight reflects on the meaning of Christmas in the work of multiple composers from across the centuries.

12/25 - 7 am: The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle: Christmas Mix
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: the rich tradition of Christmas choral music.

12/25 - 8 am A Chanticleer Christmas **ENCORE**
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.

12/25 - 4:30 pm: Calmus Christmas
Jeff Spurgeon hosts the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig for Christmas carols and seasonal favorites.

12/25 - 5 pm: The New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy **ENCORE**

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

12/25 - 6 pm: A Christmas Carol (from The Greene Space show on 12/9) **ENCORE**
Produced from this year’s live performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at The Greene Space. Starring F. Murray Abraham as Ebenezer Scrooge with WNYC and WQXR personalities John Schaefer, Jeff Spurgeon, Jad Abumrad, Richard Hake, David Garland, Naomi Lewin, Nimet Habachy, Elliott Forrest, Brian Zumhagen, Lorraine Mattox, Robert Krulwich, Brooke Gladstone and Jalen Robinson as Tiny Tim. With A Prairie Home Companion sound effects artist Fred Newman shaping the audio atmosphere and John Forster playing piano. The production is directed by Elliott Forrest.

12/25 - 7 pm: Movies on the Radio **ENCORE**
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.

12/25 - 8 pm: Performance Today **SPECIAL TIME**

Fred Child hosts a Christmas program featuring recent live recordings.

12/25 - 11 pm: The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle **ENCORE**
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: the rich tradition of Christmas choral music.
    
12/29-31 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 2011 by counting down the most-requested pieces. Three days of competitive classical countdown action!

12/31 - 1 pm: Die Fledermaus
The Met presents an archival broadcast of Strauss’s operetta from January 20, 1951.

1/1 - 11 am: 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.

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Comments [11]

Thomas V. Arnoldi from Mechanicsburg, PA

Hey Friends,

What about the Holidays in December 2012. A year has passed and you have no mention of this programming on your website.

Please catch up with the calendar, and we shall fervently hope that again this year you will offer a Holiday Channel.

Seasons' Greetings

Thomas V. Arnoldi
Mechanicsburg, PA
November 30, 2012

Nov. 30 2012 11:10 PM
Peter La Scala from City Island

Christmas is twelve days, XM radio continued the Holiday as it should be; not just stopped at will.

I do want to thank WQXR for the New Years in Vienna concert broadcast today. I would sugest that it be repeated at night for the many that were unable to hear it. Yes, I do know that 13 will air it tonight, but that program content is cut. Your airing had better commentary seaming complete.

I would sugest a redo of your website, it lacks flow to what you are looking for, such as whats on for the week that can be printed out. I do listen on the net when I am out of the country, a touch of home is always welcome.
I do want to thank WQXR for the all of the years that we have been listing, you are a part of our lives. Wish you had more than 600 watts, in the car and out of the city it dies.

Thanks,

Jan. 01 2012 03:06 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

A friend of mine who tracks such trivial details of the commercial world as the earliest appearance of Christmas music in the fall, reported on his sighting of this year's first cast-out Christmas tree (seen at 9:08 P.M. on Christmas Eve!!!). So it is with WQXR: while they do have the online streaming through December 31st (still 6 days short, and not a very good stream, at least on my computer), they have discarded all Christmas programming as of the second day of Christmas, which was yesterday. Jeff Spurgeon even announced this morning that "Christmas is over".

It will never change.

Dec. 27 2011 10:26 AM
John J Palatucci from Verona, NJ

I have found the stream of Christmas music most delightful, especially here on the 26th. Many, many thanks.

Dec. 26 2011 12:28 PM
E E Liberty

It is a shame that no Christmas music is played after the 25th of December. The identical situation occured last year. There are 12 days of Christmas, after all. It's as if the season is already over. What a shame.

Dec. 26 2011 10:58 AM
Lily from USA

Thank you so much for the lovely Rose Ensemble last night as I traveled the dreaded Belt Parkway :) I see the Verrazano Bridge in a whole new light now! @ Dennis M.--you may see a printable list in the link posted above in "RELATED LINKS": WNYC Holiday Special. Now I've got the Rose Ensemble station playing on Pandora and am thoroughly enjoying a scheduled pajama day...peace

Dec. 26 2011 10:45 AM
Jerrold Alpern from Brooklyn, NY

I was unable to listen to A Christmas Carol on the 24th. Will it be rebroadcast or available on the web?

Dec. 25 2011 02:56 PM
Michael Meltzer

Just a footnote - I have now listened to the beautiful performance by the Taverner Consort under Andrew Parrott of the Heinrich Schuetz "Christmas Story," and for the life of me I don't know why it wasn't announced under the David Garland entry in your above column.
It is a gorgeous work of enormous importance in the history of its genre, and certainly was the centerpiece of the program. Again, further evidence that WQXR is a treasure-trove archive, sat upon by a bunch of journalists who are musically clueless.
If you don't know when you have something important for us, how will WE find out?

Dec. 23 2011 11:05 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

I agree with Mr. Meltzer!! Having sung the "Hodie", and having it as one of the things I must hear every year, I would also wonder whether QXR needs to buy a copy of one of the (I believe there are now 2) recordings that are out ther.

Also, and this will fall on deaf ears as well, I repeat my rant, expressed elsewhere, about how WQXR, in lockstep with the commercial and pop culture worlds, has killed off Christmas on December 25, which is, in fact, the first of the twelve days of Christmas. G-d forbid that you should be caught playing even "Good King Wenceslas" on the 26th (which is the date on which the events related in the carol take place).

Dec. 23 2011 11:10 AM
Michael Meltzer

For the third Christmas in a row:
One of the most magnificent Christmas oratorios ever composed is the Vaughan Williams, "Hodie."
When will WQXR ever come to understand that such a piece exists, and perhaps assign one of their staff to listen to it and report back?
You people are THICK !!!

Dec. 23 2011 10:21 AM
Dennis Morgan

As usual, no one has given any thought as to make this
printable so that someone could post it as a reminder
instead to having to remember to keep logging on to the
website and checking the schedule. The page is most "user
UN-friendly", making it not possible to print in a form that
is readable because it cannot be formatted to get everything
on the page, unlike most websites that have competent and
thoughtful creators.

Dec. 20 2011 10:29 AM

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