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Holiday Programming 2012-2013 Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11AM

The Nutcracker- It wouldn't be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! (2 Hours)


Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10 AM

Slavic Wonders: Christmas with the Rose Ensemble- Slavic Wonders is a stunning celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they're known for. Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony. You'll hear everything from soaring sopranos lines, to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses. (1 Hour)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 8PM

Liszt's Christus- This Christmas oratorio tells the story of the life of Jesus from birth to the Passion. (2 Hours)


Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1PM

Candles Burning Brightly- More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday. (1 Hour)


Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10AM

Sunday Baroque - Don't let the holidays stress you out! Sunday Baroque will offer cheery seasonal music to soothe your jangled nerves and get you in the festive spirit, whether you're relaxing, puttering around the house getting ready for guests, or heading out for last-minute shopping. (4 Hours)

This year Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated from December 8th through 16th. Sunday Baroque's variety of uplifting seasonal selections will include highlights from Handel's stirring oratorio JUDAS MACCABAEUS.


Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10AM

Leroy Anderson Christmas- American composer and arranger Leroy Anderson made a specialty of creating unique and rousing assemblages of Christmas music. It was Anderson who (with Choral Director Robert Shaw) forged the sound of an American Christmas. (1 Hour)


Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6PM

The Nutcracker- It wouldn't be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! (2 Hours)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8PM


Bach's Christmas Oratorio- This classical Christmas work was originally performed over several feast days in 1734-1735. We'll play all six parts in succession, so you don't have to wait. (2.5 Hours)


Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1PM

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico- Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. (1 Hour)


Wednesday, December 12 at 8PM

Handel's Messiah-Handel's Messiah- is one of the most famous oratorios ever written and is a common musical backdrop of the season. More popular portions include "For unto us a Child is born", "Glory to God in the Highest," and, the most famous, the "Hallelujah" chorus. (2 Hours, 30 Minutes) (Tafelmusik)


Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10AM


Brother Heinrich's Christmas/ Hely Hutchinson Carol Symphony- Two traditional favorites: John Rutter's Christmas fable about the writing of well known Christmas Carol and the Donkey that inspired it and one of the first symphonies to be based on our favorite Christmas carols. (1 Hour)


Friday, December 14, 2012 at 1PM


Making a List (Local)- Classical 94.5 WNED announcers offer their annual selections of holiday gift giving suggestions, inspirational quotes, recipes and "Best of the Year" classical CD nominations. (2 Hours)


Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9AM


Candles Burning Brightly- More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday. (1 Hour)


Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10AM


Sunday Baroque - The holiday season doesn't have to be stressful! Sunday Baroque will offer cheery seasonal music to create a festive spirit – baroque Christmas Concertos, carols, and other special treats to help you get into the right frame of mind. Whether you're relaxing, preparing for guests to arrive or finishing (starting?) your shopping, it's the perfect holiday soundtrack! (3 Hours)



Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2PM


Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, "Choral"- We celebrate Beethoven's birthday with his greatest symphony that ends with a setting of Schiller's "Ode to Joy". Beloved world- wide this musical call for brotherhood demonstrates the enduring power of music to bind the human community. (1 Hours 30 Minutes)


Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7PM


Vocalis Holiday Special (Local)- Enjoy a holiday concert featuring regional chamber choir, Vocalis. (1 Hour)


Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10AM

Handel's Messiah- is one of the most famous oratorios ever written and is a common musical backdrop of the season. This hour we'll offer the more popular portions including "For unto us a Child is born", "Glory to God in the Highest," and, the most famous, the "Hallelujah" chorus. (Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (1 Hour)


Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1PM

Vaughan Williams' Hodie – Sung in English this 20th Century cantata is based on old English carols. (1 Hour)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10AM


A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico- Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. (1 Hour)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1PM

Brother Heinrich's Christmas/ Hely Hutchinson Carol Symphony- Two traditional favorites: John Rutter's Christmas fable about the writing of well known Christmas Carol and the Donkey that inspired it and one of the first symphonies to be based on our favorite Christmas carols. (1 Hour)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8PM

Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)- This choral work tells the story of the Holy Family's fleeing to Egypt. (2 Hours)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9AM


Making a List (Local)- Classical 94.5 WNED announcers offer their annual selections of holiday gift giving suggestions, inspirational quotes, recipes and "Best of the Year" classical CD nominations. (2 Hours)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 1PM

Rheinberger's Star of Bethlehem- Sung in German, this 19th Century cantata is a retelling of the Nativity story, punctuated by heart lifting choruses. (1 Hour)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7PM

Leroy Anderson Christmas- American composer and arranger Leroy Anderson made a specialty of creating unique and rousing assemblages of Christmas music. It was Anderson who (with Choral Director Robert Shaw) forged the sound of an American Christmas. (1 Hour)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8PM


A Canadian Christmas- A cornucopia of Canadian musicians celebrate the season with secular and holy music.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1PM


Chanticleer Christmas- A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's 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. (1 Hour)


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7PM


Slavic Wonders: Christmas with the Rose Ensemble- Slavic Wonders is a stunning celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they're known for. Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony. You'll hear everything from soaring sopranos lines, to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses. (1 Hour)


Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10 AM


Philharmonic Friday Holiday Special (Local)- Join Peter Hall for a wonderful celebration of the season as performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. (1 Hour)


Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1PM


The Nutcracker- It wouldn't be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! (2 Hours)


Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6PM

A Krummy Christmas- Bob Krum brings you a musical greeting card for the Holidays! There will be Christmas carols from different countries, along with wonderful performances of many of the old favorites! There's sure to be surprises, fun and good cheer as Bob celebrates Christmas in his favorite way—with music! (2 Hours)


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:30AM


The American Legion Band of the Tonawanda Holiday Special (Local)- Join the award winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas as they play seasonal favorites. Michael Shaw conducts this award winning concert band. (1 Hour)


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6PM

A Prairie Home Companion Christmas-- Garrison Keillor and guests bring you this special holiday edition of A Prairie Home Companion. Drawn from some of the best seasonal shows of Christmases past, it is a program not to be missed. Join us in rekindling these holiday memories.


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10AM

Sunday Baroque- As you put the finishing touches on your holiday celebrations, Sunday Baroque will create the a warm and lovely environment featuring a variety of recent and classic recordings of baroque holiday music. Highlights will include selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO. (4 Hours)



Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 2PM

Making a List (Local)- Classical 94.5 WNED announcers offer their annual selections of holiday gift giving suggestions, inspirational quotes, recipes and "Best of the Year" classical CD nominations. (2 Hours)


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7PM

The American Legion Band of the Tonawanda Holiday Special (Local)- Join the award winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas as they play seasonal favorites. Michael Shaw conducts this award winning concert band. (1 Hour)


Monday, December 24, 2012 at 10AM

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- In 1918, the then-new dean of King's Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. So, he wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up this truly magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. (2 Hours) (Live)



Monday, December 24, 2012 at 1PM

Handel's Messiah- is one of the most famous oratorios ever written and is a common musical backdrop of the season. More popular portions include "For unto us a Child is born", "Glory to God in the Highest," and, the most famous, the "Hallelujah" chorus.
(2 Hours, 30 Minutes) (Performed by Concentus Musicus Wien)


Monday, December 24 at 3:30PM through Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 6AM


Continuous Christmas Music


Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 9AM

A Krummy Christmas (Local)- Bob Krum brings you a musical greeting card for the Holidays! There will be Christmas carols from different countries, along with wonderful performances of many of the old favorites! There's sure to be surprises, fun and good cheer as Bob celebrates Christmas in his favorite way—with music! (2 Hours)


Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 4PM

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- In 1918, the then-new dean of King's Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. So, he wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up this truly magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. (2 Hours)(Re-broadcast)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10 AM


Chanticleer Christmas- A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's 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. (1 Hour)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 6PM

A Vocalis Holiday Special (Local)- Enjoy a holiday concert featuring regional chamber choir, Vocalis. (1 Hour)


Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6PM


Bach's Christmas Oratorio Selections- This classical Christmas work was originally performed over several feast days in 1734-1735. (1 Hour)


Friday, December 28, 2012 at 6PM

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico- Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. (1 Hour)


Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 6PM


A Prairie Home Companion Year End Special


Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10 AM

Sunday Baroque- On this final Sunday of the year, Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona will review some of the best recordings of 2012. (4 Hours)


Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10PM

Stratton Rawson's New Year's Eve (Local)- Stratton Rawson helps you welcome in 2012 with song and story. (3 Hours)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11AM

New Year's Day from Vienna 2013- The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Mariss Jansons Conducts your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to begin the new year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH Boston. (2 Hours)
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