WQXR's 2013 Holiday Programming

Monday, November 18, 2013

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WQXR has got you covered with special programming throughout the 2013 holiday season. Here is a calendar of the Chanukah and Christmas specials planned for December. All programming can be heard on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org, unless otherwise noted.

Dec. 1-Jan. 6 : WQXR Holiday Channel
WQXR is getting into the holiday spirit with an online all-classical Christmas channel. From Dec. 1-Jan. 6, the WQXR Holiday Channel will stream continuous seasonal favorites. From heartwarming carols to festive winter favorites, our online stream includes classic recordings from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Philadelphia Brass, and Robert Shaw, as well as various new releases. Listen to the WQXR Holiday Channel.

 

Upcoming shows:

Dec. 28-31: WQXR's 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 2013 by counting down the 105 most-requested pieces. Four days of competitive classical countdown action!

 

Jan. 1, 2014, at 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.

 

Past shows:

Nov. 26: Conducting Business: For New Christmas Albums, Less is More (On-demand listening available)
WQXR's Conducting Business podcast, available online, looks at the holiday recording industry, examining how artists and labels approach this lucrative season. And we consider the good, the bad and the ugly in holiday releases. Naomi Lewin hosts.

 

Nov. 27 at 5:30 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 worshipped 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. 

 

Nov. 27Dec. 4 at 7pm: The Eight Nights of Chanukah
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah – the Festival of Lights – is celebrated over the course of eight nights. In a series of radio vignettes called The Eight Nights of Chanukah, WQXR’s Naomi Lewin tells the stories, and talks about the customs of the holiday, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, traditional foods, and why Chanukah is so hard to spell. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday. 

 

Dec. 8 at 11 pm: Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine
For its 25th anniversary tour of the US, the globally-revered vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a truly sublime holiday program in concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square. Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller.

 

Dec. 11 at 10 pm: Christmastime in New York: Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (On-demand listening available)
Recorded live at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity.

 

Dec. 13 at 7 pm:  Video Webcast Live From The Greene Space of Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here (On-demand listening and video available)
Watch the live video webcast from The Greene Space of Canadian Brass performing holiday favorites featuring selections from their new Christmas album, including the Vince Guaraldi classic.

 

Dec. 15 at 11 pm: A Benjamin Britten Centennial Celebration
Hear Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and more of his Christmas music as we mark the holiday and the Britten centennial year.

 

Dec. 16 at 7 pm: Video Webcast of "A Christmas Carol" live from the Greene Space (On-demand listening and video available)
Watch the live video webcast from The Greene Space of our annual reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Broadway and screen veteran Tony Roberts stars in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and an all-star cast of New York Public Radio hosts round out the cast. Produced and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

 

Dec. 16 at 9 pm:  Leroy Anderson Christmas
Classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson, is hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson.

 

Dec. 17 at 9 pm:  Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here (On-demand listening and video available)
The Canadian Brass will play holiday favorites recorded in The Greene Space, featuring selections from their new Christmas Album, including the Vince Guaraldi classic.

 

Dec. 18 at 10 pm: Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends (On-demand listening and video available)
Violinist Joshua Bell performs seasonal music from his new CD, “Musical Gifts,” with special guests pianist Frankie Moreno and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

 

Dec. 19 at 9 pm: New York Philharmonic This Week: Handel's Messiah
Gary Thor Wedow conducts Handel’s Messiah, recorded with the New York Philharmonic in 2012. This celebrated oratorio features soprano Layla Claire, countertenor Tim Mead, tenor Kenneth Tarver, bass Alastair Miles, and New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt.

 

Dec. 20 at 9 pm: An Anonymous Four Christmas (On-demand listening available)
Recorded live at Corpus Christi Church in New York, the veteran vocal ensemble Anonymous Four sing medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary.

 

Dec. 21 at 12:30: The Operavore Show
Our weekly opera program, Operavore, takes you home for the holidays with opera stars singing Christmas music.

 

Dec. 21 at 8 pm: "A Christmas Carol" in the Greene Space (On-demand listening and video available)
Recorded live in The Greene Space, our annual reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" stars Broadway and screen veteran Tony Roberts in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and an all-star cast of New York Public Radio hosts round out the cast. Produced and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

 

Dec. 21 at 9 pm: Movies on the Radio: Christmas at the Movies (On-demand listening available)
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."

 

Dec. 22 at 10 am: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Enjoy a sublime start to your Sunday: the complete Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach.

 

Dec. 22 at 7 pm: Trinity Church Choir Performs Handel's The Messiah (On-demand listening available)
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.

 

Dec. 22 at 11 pm: An Anonymous Four Christmas (On-demand listening available)
Recorded live at Corpus Christi Church in New York, the veteran vocal ensemble Anonymous Four sing medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary.

 

Dec. 24 at 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.

 

Dec. 24 at noon: An Operavore Christmas
Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

 

Dec. 24 at 1 pm: Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here (On-demand listening and video available)
The Canadian Brass will play holiday favorites recorded in The Greene Space, featuring selections from their new Christmas Album, including the Vince Guaraldi classic.

 

Dec. 24 at 2 pm: Christmastime in New York: Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (On-demand listening available)
Recorded live at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity.

 

Dec. 24 at 3 pm: Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends (On-demand listening and video available)
Violinist Joshua Bell performs seasonal music from his new CD, “Musical Gifts,” with special guests pianist Frankie Moreno and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, recorded in The Greene Space earlier this month.

 

Dec. 24 at 4 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.

 

Dec. 24 at 6 pm: Trinity Church Choir Performs Handel's The Messiah (On-demand listening available)
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.

 

Dec. 24 at 9 pm: A New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy
One of the great WQXR traditions: Nimet Habachy’s reflections on Christmas in New

 

Dec. 24 at 10 pm: "A Christmas Carol" in the Greene Space (On-demand listening and video available)
Recorded live in The Greene Space, our annual reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" stars Broadway and screen veteran Tony Roberts in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and an all-star cast of New York Public Radio hosts round out the cast. Produced and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

 

Dec. 24 at 11 pm: Movies on the Radio: Christmas at the Movies (On-demand listening available)
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."

 

Dec. 25 at 5:30 am: Calmus Christmas
Jeff Spurgeon hosts the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig for Christmas carols and seasonal favorites.

 

Dec. 25 at 6 am: A New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy
One of the great WQXR traditions: Nimet Habachy’s reflections on Christmas in New York. 

 

Dec. 25 at 7 am: A Chanticleer Christmas
A 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.

 

Dec. 25 at 8 am: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Pirouette into Christmas morning with the Tchaikovsky classic performed by the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

 

Dec. 25 at 10 am: Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here (On-demand listening and video available)
The Canadian Brass will play holiday favorites in the Greene Space, featuring selections from their new Christmas Album, including the Vince Guaraldi classic, recorded live in The Greene Space earlier this month.

 

Dec. 25 at 11 am: Leroy Anderson Christmas
Classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson, is hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson.

 

Dec. 25 at 12 pm: Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends (On-demand listening and video available)
Violinist Joshua Bell performs seasonal music from his new CD, “Musical Gifts,” with special guests pianist Frankie Moreno and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, recorded live in The Greene Space earlier this month.

 

Dec. 25 at 1 pm: Trinity Church Choir Performs Handel's The Messiah (On-demand listening available)
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.

 

Dec. 25 at 4 pm: An Operavore Christmas
Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

 

Dec. 25 at 5 pm: A Benjamin Britten Centennial Celebration
Hear Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and more of his Christmas music as we mark the holiday and the Britten centennial year.

 

Dec. 25 at 6 pm: "A Christmas Carol" in the Greene Space (On-demand listening and video available)
Recorded live in The Greene Space, our annual reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" stars Broadway and screen veteran Tony Roberts in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and an all-star cast of New York Public Radio hosts round out the cast. Produced and directed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

 

Dec. 25 at 7 pm: An Anonymous Four Christmas (On-demand listening available)
Recorded live at Corpus Christi Church in NYC, the veteran vocal ensemble Anonymous Four sing medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary.

 

Dec. 25 at 8 pm: Movies on the Radio: Christmas at the Movies (On-demand listening available) 
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.

 

Dec. 25 at 9 pm: Young Artists Showcase: Christmas Night Family Special (On-demand listening available)
Bob Sherman hosts a Christmas show with the St. Thomas Church Choir and Ensemble of Ancient Instruments and others.

 

Dec. 25 at 10 pm: A New Yorker’s Christmas with Nimet Habachy
One of the great WQXR traditions: Nimet Habachy’s reflections on Christmas in New York.

 

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Comments [6]

Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

Why (I must continue to ask) do you, as usual, kill off Christmas music programming on the air as of December 26 (Boxing Day, or the very "Feast of Stephen" that is mentioned in "Good King Wenceslas")? Yesterday, as Annie Bergen was playing the Bach "Christmas Oratorio", her commentary was noting the dates, running through New Year's and Epiphany, for which each section was written to be performed. It would be quite an anomaly if WQXR actually had the integrity to play these (or other music for the Christmas season, which runs through January 6th) on the days indicated!

Dec. 23 2013 05:17 PM
Ed Strauss from New York City

Just to confirm: The Christmas Eve 10 a.m. broadcast of "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" from King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England, will be on WQXR, not WNYC-FM as in past years. Is that correct? (I will be New York City on Christmas Eve for the first time in a number of years).

Dec. 18 2013 03:40 PM
Tim Fogartie from Sonora

Thank you for your Holiday programming from the Sonoran Desert.
I print your schedule and take it to work with me. My colleagues
appreciate it.

Dec. 11 2013 01:40 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Thank you, WQXR, for all of your special holiday programming!

Dec. 09 2013 10:19 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

i have performed in many countries where their own traditional approach to CHRISTMAS in their choice of music and their other traditions evoke the joy and optimism one seeks to experience at this most anticipated and reveled in time of the year. In NEW YORK we are especially lucky to have so many options that will raise our hopes and encourage us to do better in the new year ahead. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor. On St. Valentine's Day, Friday February 14, 2014, my TEN DVD SET on the VALHALLA RECORDS label of "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies and the Grammys" recorded in ten live concerts will be obtainable. My website is www.WagnerOpera.com, where one may download, free, at RECORDED SELECTIONS 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung in 4 three-hour-long solo concerts in CARNEGIE HALL'S ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM.

Dec. 07 2013 07:38 PM
kathleen slayne from Pearl River NY

I look forward every year to the Messiah from Trinity Church and the Lessons and Carols from England. Thank you for bringing such joy.

Dec. 06 2013 04:45 PM

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