Whether or not you set out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, Christmas is the most frantic yet joyous holiday of the year.
In Caracas Venezuela, leading up to Christmas, the streets are closed off to cars as roller skaters take over. In Japan, instead of turkey and ham, people buy buckets of fried chicken. Here in New York, Christmas just ain't Christmas without the stunning display of lights and the huge tree at Rockefeller Center.
This season is also a frantic and joyous time for musicians. And not all of it has anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas. In this program we hear music written for the season and music that has a seasonal feel. We begin with Leontyne Price singing “Sweet li’l Jesus Boy" and end the program with Aaron Copland’s Our Town. In between: loads of holiday cheer.