2018 Holiday Season
Sunday, Dec. 2
10 pm – The Lost Chord with Ross Amico: Celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, with music on Jewish themes and by Jewish composers, including “Aspects of a Great Miracle” by Michael Isaacson, “Three Hassidic Dances” by Leon Stein,” and “The Klezmer Concerto” by Ofer Ben-Amots.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
12 pm – Noontime Concert: A performance by Brooklyn-based Alkemie in a program entitled "Nowell Sing We: A Medieval Celebration,” organized around the theme of Twelfth Night and/or Epiphany, celebrated at the far end of the Christmas season, and illustrated through musical selections from the 11th through 16th centuries. Host Ross Amico will follow this up with a complete recording of Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus."
Thursday, Dec. 6
11 – Candles Burning Brightly: (American Public Media). Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music. (This program will be rebroadcast Saturday at 8 pm)
Friday, Dec. 7
12 pm – Gloria in Excelsis: Christmas with the NJ MasterChorale: Carl Hemmingsen hosts this Noontime Concert, a holiday program from the NJ MasterChorale that includes John Rutter's Gloria, Christmas carols and William Gorton's Festive Te Deum.
Saturday, Dec. 8
1 pm – What Makes It Great with Rob Kapilow - Four Choruses from Handel's Messiah: Enjoy an encore of our live concert broadcast of What Makes it Great from Friday, Nov. 30, as host, commentator and author Rob Kapilow leads Princeton Pro Musica and the Monmouth Civic Chorus in four choruses from Handel's masterpiece, Messiah.
3 pm – Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella: (WFMT) Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine.
7:30 pm – Inside Music: George Marriner Maull presents "Hallelujah!" featuring the music of Handel.
8 pm – Candles Burning Brightly: (American Public Media). Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.
9 pm – Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party: (WQXR) Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
10 pm – A Between the Keys Christmas Special: As Christmas Day winds down, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler directs listeners to the piano, with seasonal fare by Dave Brubeck, Bruce Adolphe, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Leroy Anderson and J.S. Bach. The featured work this hour is Godfrey Windham’s large-scale Variations on a Theme by James Pierpoint, performed by Alan Feinberg. Its theme, by the way, is none other than Jingle Bells, James Pierpont’s "greatest hit."