Christmas Once Upon a Time

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For this Young Artists Showcase Christmas special, host Robert Sherman guides us through shows from holidays past. In fact, many of the youngsters in these recordings are now approaching retirement.

First up, pianist Sahan Arzuni performs the Liszt Christmas Tree Suite interspersed with a reading of a little-known Christmas story by Heywood Hale Broun, called “Inasmuch.” Then two very different tellings of the story of Silent Night — one from composer Seymour Barab, read by Sherman, and one from the archives by Robert J. Lurtsema, the late legendary host of Morning pro musica on WGBH.

To top it off, a Danish Christmas story read by the great Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, Victor Borge, and an orchestral Christmas card from A. A. Milne (of "Winnie-the-Pooh" fame), set to music by composer William Mayer.

Program details:

Liszt: Christmas Tree Suite, excerpts
— Sahan Arzruni, piano; Bob Sherman, narrator.

Franz Gruber: Silent Night
— Robert J. Lurtsema, narrator; Cloistered Domincan Choir of Summit, N.J.

Seymour Barab: Gage
— Elysian Ensemble; Paul Barry, conductor.

Traditional Danish: The Barn
— Victor Borge, narrator.

William Mayer: Good King Wenceslas
— Bronx Arts Ensemble; Pablo Zinger, conductor; Robert Sherman, narrator.