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Holiday Specials On Classical WSMR

WSMR Holiday Programming

Join Classical WSMR for holiday specials!

Monday 12/19 - All is Bright
This is a lovely hour of contemplative, sacred choral music to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

Monday 12/19 - Candles Burning Brightly
A delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights! Lots of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus a hilarious lesson on how to prepare a classic Chanukah dish, and a timeless and touching holiday story that brings light into every home.

Monday 12/19 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Judas Maccabeus
In observance of Hanukkah, listen as we hear Handel’s oratorio based on the story of the leader of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greek Seleucid Empire. It is perhaps the most popular of Handel’s oratorios second only to Messiah!

Tuesday 12/20 - Welcome Christmas
There’s no better way to welcome Christmas than Welcome Christmas! This is an hour of joyful, classical holiday music from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, singing tradition carols and featuring some new discoveries in a holiday concert conducted by Philip Brunelle.

Tuesday 12/20 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Rutter, Gloria
John Rutter’s Gloria, his first American commission, was premiered in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974 with the composer conducting. While later arranged for choir and full orchestra, the original featured brass, organ, and percussion accompanying the choir.

Wednesday 12/21 - Winter Welcome with Bethany Cagle
This first day of winter Bethany Cagle brings us an hour of wintery music including: Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 1 in g, Op. 13 Winter Daydreams,” “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” and more. Brrrrr!

Wednesday 12/21 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Poulec, Gloria
Commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation and composed during 1959-1960, Francis Poulenc’s Gloria is an engaging musical interpretation of the same text Vivaldi used more than two centuries earlier. Energetic in some passages and ethereal in others, it has become an enduring favorite.

Wednesday 12/21 - A Chanticleer Christmas
This hour of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, is presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." We’re excited to present Chanticleer on WSMR, one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation; two-time Grammy award winner; and a member of the American Classic Music Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 12/21 - Solstice Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline
It is a Winter Solstice celebration on a special Modern Notebook, with pieces titled “Solstice” by various composers such as Hillary Tann, Lou Harrison, Melissa Hui, and Kitty Xiao. Included tonight - music simply titled “Winter” by Stuart Saunders Smith. It is an aleatoric work for unspecified percussion instruments and winds which he describes as “music of co-existence.” Welcome in the Solstice with Tyler and his hand-picked selections just for you.

Thursday 12/22 - Cocoa and Carols with Russell Gant
This hour is all set up for kids as Russell Gant features an hour of fun and familiar holiday favorites! Deck the Halls, Feliz Navidad, Sleigh Ride, and Rudolph among many! Gather the family, turn up the radio and celebrate with Russell!

Thursday 12/22 - The St. Olaf Christmas Festival
F. Melius Christiansen started the Christmas Festival in 1911 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota as a simple service in word and song for students, faculty, friends and family. Today, this wonderful performance is a chance for our own Florida listeners to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations – with sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: hymns, masterworks, folk songs and African-American spirituals.

Thursday 12/22 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Vivaldi, Gloria
A familiar staple of the holiday season, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D is a jubilant, lilting setting of the text from the Latin mass. Composed in the early 1700s, it is as fresh and inspiring today as at its first performance three centuries ago.

Friday 12/23 - 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 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.

Friday 12/23 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Messiah with Robert Shaw and Atlanta Symphony
Tonight’s Evening Masterwork features selections from a longstanding holiday tradition, “Handel’s Messiah.” Although premiered in Dublin in April 1742, the tradition of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus is often said to have been begun by King George II standing at the London premiere in 1743.

Saturday 12/24 - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
(repeats Saturday 12.24, 9-11pm) The WSMR audience will share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal ‘classical’ music (anthems, and a cappella with organ and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys. All performed in the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England.

Saturday 12/24 - Metropolitan Opera Mozart, THE MAGIC FLUTE
The Met’s abridged, family-friendly version of Mozart’s musical fairy tale returns for the holiday season, with Maestro Duncan Ward making his company debut conducting Julie Taymor’s irresistible production.

Saturday 12/24 - The Story of the Bells
A WSMR tradition! Step back in time just a bit with us for an encore of Karl Haas’ Story of the Bells. Karl Haas, the Radio Hall of Fame’s only “classical music” inductee, hosts this all-time holiday favorite.

Saturday 12/24 - CHRISTMAS EVE MASTERWORK SPECIAL: Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker + Christmas Eve Stories!
Gather your family around for a special WSMR Christmas Eve of song and stories! Tyler Kline is your host for the Evening Masterwork: Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Then more celebration of the night before Christmas with wintery carols, the story of a donkey who loved to sing, and a Visit from St Nicholas.

Saturday 12/24 - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

(repeat broadcast)
The WSMR audience will share in this world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal ‘classical’ music (anthems, and a cappella with organ and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys. All performed in the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England.

Christmas Day! Sunday 12/25 - Sunday Baroque
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, and Sunday Baroque is planning a special day of music to celebrate the season in a joyful way. It’s the perfect, sparkling playlist for this merry day as you’re unwrapping gifts, spending time with family and friends, and participating in beloved traditions.

You’ll hear charming Christmas carols that date back to the baroque era and earlier, joyful baroque Christmas Concertos, and music inspired by the arrival of the Winter Solstice. WSMR and Sunday Baroque will spice up your holiday and create a warm and inviting environment to enjoy on Christmas Day – with uplifting seasonal music, and engaging tidbits of holiday lore.

Christmas Day! Sunday 12/25 - Holiday Music with Classical WSMR 89.1 + 103.9
All day!
Florida’s Classical Music station will be perfect company on Christmas. Turn on the radio, and stay with us throughout the day for your favorite holiday Christmas music! Bethany Cagle, Russell Gant and Tyler Kline are just the right company to help you celebrate the holiday…

Christmas Day! Sunday 12/25 - EVENING MASTERWORK: Ceremony of Carols
Written during a trip by ship from New York to England during the second World War, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is one of his most performed works during the Christmas season. The text, along with inspiration from Gregorian Chant, makes this a wonderful narrative for your holiday evening.

Christmas Day! Sunday 12/25 - Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline
On a special Holiday edition of Modern Notebook, you’ll hear a unique mix of new works inspired by peace, light, and the Advent season. Included are three new carols by Reena Esmail titled “A Winter Breviary,” Dai Fujikura’s “Ghost of Christmas,” inspired by his own memories of Christmastime, selections from George Crumb’s “A Little Suite for Christmas” and a vocal work by Sungji Hong, “Missa Lumen de Lumine [Light from Light Mass].”

Saturday 12/31 - Metropolitan Opera ARTIST DEBUT HIGHLIGHTS
To wrap up the year, WSMR listeners can enjoy highlights of artists making their Metropolitan Opera debuts during live broadcasts.

Sunday 1/1/23 - Sunday Baroque
coming soon

Sunday 1/1/23 - New Year's Day From Vienna 2023
Happy New Year! This beloved, annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Franz Welser-Most. With this concert it is not only the desire of the Vienna Philharmonic to provide musically definitive interpretations of the masterworks of this genre, but also, as musical ambassadors of Austria, to send people all over the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace.

WSMR’s most festive way to start 2023!

Sunday 1/1/23 - Sunday Baroque
coming soon

New Year’s Day! Saturday 1/1/2023 - Music of “Firsts” on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9!
Florida’s Classical Music Station starts the New Year with a day of…firsts! You’ll hear the first attempts at Symphonies, Concertos, and other works by the great composers. A wonderful way to welcome a brand, new year!