Monday, December 15 and 22, 10 p.m.
Two Christmas-themed programs featuring organ music, old and new, from around the world.
Tuesday, December 16, 9 p.m.
Candles Burning Brightly
Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.
Friday, December 19, 8 p.m.
Afterglow: A Vintage Christmas
Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and others help us celebrate holidays in 1940s and ’50s style.
Sunday, December 21, 8 p.m.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Monday, December 22, 8 p.m.
Valparaiso University Christmas Celebration
The Valparaiso University Christmas concert A Carol Festival is a musical celebration that has been delighting audiences for nearly 90 years. It is presented in the spectacular Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection, one of the finest collegiate chapels in the United States. Valparaiso’s Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Concert Band, and women’s and men’s choirs team up to perform traditional hymns and carols along with other seasonal favorites.
Monday, December 22, 9 p.m.
And Glory Shone Around: An Early-American Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
The Rose Ensemble, renowned for its expansive repertoire of music from around the world and across the centuries, presents a unique Christmas special. The program draws from 19th-century songbooks, featuring carols of the New England colonies, Appalachian folk tunes, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs, and the close harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass.
Tuesday, December 23, 8 p.m.
Ether Game: Winter Wonderland
Bundle up for snow and ice on tonight’s blustery Ether Game.
Wednesday, December 24, 10 a.m.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King’s College Choir performs the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.
Wednesday, December 24, 8 p.m.
The New York Philharmonic This Week
The New York Phil, conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, is joined by the Joseph Flummerfelt-led New York Choral Artists and soloists in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Wednesday, December 24, 10 p.m.
Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert
WFMT and Music of the Baroque offer their annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert, featuring the great works of composers including Giovanni Gabrieli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Scheidt, and John Tavener.
Thursday, December 25, 8 p.m.
Harmonia: A Baroque Christmas in the New World
In celebration of the season, we team up with Public Radio International to bring you a special edition of Harmonia at a special time. We’ll feature music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, including a cantata and three freestanding works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya — most of which come from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya’s own hand. Listen as the musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at IU’s Jacobs School of Music, led by Dana Marsh, bring these sparkling works to life.
Thursday, December 25, 9 p.m.
Welcome Christmas! with VocalEssence
It’s an hour of joyful holiday music featuring one of the world’s premier choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. This year, a tribute to the late Dave Brubeck with his classical cantata La Fiesta de la Posada. Plus, this year’s winners of the annual carol contest with the American Composers Forum.
Thursday, December 25, 10 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas
American Public Media’s one-hour 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 and contemporary carols.
Friday, December 26, 10 p.m.
Night Lights: Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas
Celebrating the holidays in the mellowest of moods, with music from Joe Pass, Dave Brubeck, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and more.
Wednesday, December 31, 10 p.m.
A Viennese New Year’s Eve
WFIU Music Director Joe Goetz counts down to midnight with waltzes, polkas, and marches from the great recorded legacy of the Vienna Philharmonic.