Sunday, December 21
A Paul Winter Solstice Concert – 10 p.m. to midnight
Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with this Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz.
Monday, December 22
Welcome Christmas! – noon to 1 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
It’s an hour of joyful holiday music hosted by John Birge and featuring VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Plus, a tribute to the late Dave Brubeck with his classical Christmas cantata La Fiesta de la Posada.
Tuesday, December 23
A Chanticleer Christmas – noon to 1 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
This celebration of the season is told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the San Francisco-based men’s choir, singing in beautifully blended harmony. The program spans the globe and the centuries – from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols to Chanticleer’s popular Gospel medley of Christmas tunes.
Wednesday, December 24
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 9 to 11 a.m.
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.
Messiah from Washington National Cathedral – 11 a.m. to noon
The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, provides the perfect setting for some of the season’s most joyous music. This program includes highlights of Handel’s Messiah performed by a team of international soloists with the Cathedral’s own choir and orchestra.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival – noon to 2 p.m.
One of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations, 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.
Thursday, January 1
New Year’s Day from Vienna – 10 a.m. to noon
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You’ll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more – a festive way to start the New Year.
In addition to these special programs, holiday music will run all day December 24 and 25 on Classical 91.1 FM.