Thursday, December 17, 9 p.m.
Harmonia: Christmas Carols, Chant, and Legend
Angela Mariani celebrates Christmas with music from a variety of traditions: original tunes of two well-known carols, music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and Byzantine chant. Plus, baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire offers a gift of Celtic holiday music in our featured release.
Friday, December 18, 8 to 10 p.m.
Afterglow and Night Lights
At 8 on Afterglow, grab a cup of hot cocoa and warm up with host Mark Chilla as he explores seasonal tunes about snow and ice. Then, at 9, Night Lights will be “Hep to the Holidays.” There’ll be cool-yule classic jazz from Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, and others, including poet Sascha Feinstein’s reading of his “Christmas Eve” jazz poem.
Monday, December 21, 8 p.m.
Christmastime in New York
The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The concert includes settings of the “O Magnum Mysterium” text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen.
Monday, December 21, 9 p.m.
An Anonymous 4 Christmas
For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.
Tuesday, December 22, 8 p.m.
Ether Game: Cool Yule
Pull out your sleigh bells as we feature Yuletide favorites from all over the world on this holiday-themed edition.
Tuesday, December 22, 9 p.m.
Christmas with the King’s Singers
It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend.
Wednesday, December 23, 8 p.m.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
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, MN – are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Wednesday, December 23, 10 p.m.
Music of the Baroque Brass Holiday Special
Chicago’s Music of the Baroque orchestra and choir present great works of composers like Giovanni Gabrieli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Scheidt, and John Tavener among others.
Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols LIVE from Cambridge, England
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.
Thursday, December 25, 8 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas
A 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.
Thursday, December 25, 9 p.m.
Harmonia: In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas
In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special holiday edition of Harmonia brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffurius, and southerly to the Naples of Diego Ortiz. Music of the Nordic Venetian Michael Praetorius provides a glorious grand finale. Directed by Dr. Dana Marsh and Wendy Gillespie of the Historical Performance Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, with some of America’s most outstanding young voices and players, specializing in early music.
Thursday, December 25, 10 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. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.
Friday, December 25, 8 p.m.
Afterglow: Soul Kitchen
Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & The MGs: Mark Chilla plays the best soulful renditions of holiday favorites.