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Leroy Anderson Christmas

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This one-hour program of classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson, is hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson.

It features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson's Christmas music with Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his Pops Concert Orchestra. Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

Program details:

Sleigh Ride
— Pops Concert Orchestra, Leroy Anderson, conductor)

A Christmas Festival
— Pops Concert Orchestra, Leroy Anderson, conductor)

Suite of Carols for String Orchestra
1. Pastores a Belen
2. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
3. O, Little Town of Bethlehem
4. Bring Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
5. Away in a Manager
6. Wassail Song

Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble
1. Angels in Our Fields
2. O Sanctissima
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
4. O Come, Little Children
5. Coventry Carol
6. Patapan

Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
1. While by My Sheep
2. In dulci jublio
3. Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming
4. I Saw Three Ships
5. From Heaven High I Come to You
6. We Three Kings of Orient Are
7. March of the Kings