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2022 Holiday Programming

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WWFM staff and hosts love sharing the sounds of the season throughout the year. We hope you enjoy all our holiday-themed programming. Please support our hosts' efforts by becoming a member today. 

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2022 Holiday Season

Every year, WWFM The Classical Network is pleased to bring you a variety of holiday specials, including many exclusive concert broadcasts featuring our musical partners. We hope that these special programs have become a part of your annual holiday tradition and wish you a joyous and bright holiday season. See below for program details.

(Note: Some of our regular weekend program may be preempted due to these specials.)

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Friday Dec. 16
6 pm: B&K Cafe Holiday Special - Bill McGlaughlin and Karrin Allyson share an hour of holiday specials from traditional to jazz to classical.

8 pm: Westminster Choir College’s 30th Anniversary “An Evening of Readings and Carols.” The choirs of Westminster Choir College of Rider University return to Princeton Chapel for this annual holiday tradition.

Saturday Dec. 17
6 pm: Picture Perfect with Ross Amico - Charles Dickens. Enjoy an hour of music from movies inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens. Tune in for selections from “Nicholas Nickleby” (Lord Berners), “Oliver Twist” (Sir Arnold Bax), “David Copperfield” (Sir Malcolm Arnold), and “A Christmas Carol” (Richard Addinsell).

8 pm: Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah - Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Jewish music scholar and performer Hankus Netsky join host James David Jacobs for an hour of songs and stories celebrating the holiday known as "The Festival of Lights" (from PRX).

9 pm: 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 (from American Public Media).

Sunday Dec. 18
2 pm: Sounds Choral with Deborah Simpkin King - Brass, Bells and Voices. Seasonal music written for a variety of combinations of brass instruments, bell coirs and vocal ensembles.

7 pm: The Dress Circle - The first of two programs filled with Christmas nostalgia and fun from radio and television - three original television musicals of the 1960s with songs from “The Gifts of the Magi,” “The Stingiest Man in Town," and “The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood.”

10 pm: The Lost Chord - "Latke Tonic." An hour of Hanukkah-related music, including David Ludwig’s Hanukkah Cantata and Ludwig Altman’s Theme and Variations on ‘Ma’oz Tzur.’ Then stick around for A Klezmer Nutcracker, performed by the Boston-based ensemble Shirim.


Friday Dec. 23
12 noon: A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella - 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.

6 pm: Princeton Singers - Artistic Director Steven Sametz leads the ensemble in his new work A Star in the East, for which he wrote the prose and poetry, as well as other seasonal music. The readings are performed by director, playwright, screenwriter and former McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann, and actor Christopher Coucill.

8 pm: What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow - Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols: Host Rob Kapilow leads us through what makes Britten's work great, as well as a full performance. Performers include harpist Karen Tay, the Accord Treble Choir and the Vox Nova Treble Choir of the Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School.

Saturday Dec. 24
10 am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge - Enjoy the broadcast of this annual favorite live from Kings College in Cambridge, led by Daniel Hyde.

1 pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival - A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. 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. This year's theme - "Promise of Peace."

3 pm: What Makes it Great - Britten's A Ceremony of Carols (encore broadcast).

5 pm: Classical Guitar Alive - An all-Christmas program of guitar music, old, new and contemporary, with host Tony Morris.

8 pm: Lehigh University Choral Arts Vespers - Join us Christmas Eve for a concert broadcast from the four choirs that make up Lehigh University Choral Arts under the artistic directorships of composer/conductor Steven Sametz and Sun Min Lee.

9 pm: A Chanticleer Christmas - This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Steve Staruch.

10 pm: All is Bright - One hour of contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism, hosted by Lynne Warfel.


Sunday Dec. 25

8 am: A Festival Service of Nine Lessons & Carols from Trinity Church in Princeton - Join us Christmas morning for a broadcast of this set of readings, choral music and congregational singing, along with organ and brass accompaniment.

Noon: Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence - It’s an hour of joyful, classic holiday music from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, singing traditional carols and new discoveries.

2 pm: Sounds Choral - Host Ryan Brandau celebrates the Christmas holiday with a selection of some of his favorite carols and holiday songs.

3 pm: Westminster Choir College’s 30th Anniversary “An Evening of Readings and Carols.” The choirs of Westminster Choir College of Rider University return to Princeton Chapel for this annual holiday tradition.

7 pm: The Dress Circle with Ted Otten and Michael Kownacky - Take a break from your festivities for a quiet hour of wonderful music for Christmas from Broadway and Hollywood.

8 pm: Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Wind down your Christmas weekend with this performance of Cantatas Nos. 4, 5 and 6 from J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bach Festival Orchestra and a dynamic line-up of young soloists is led by the choir's new Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Christopher Jackson.

10 pm: The Lyric Stage with Mike Harrah - Opera stars sing music for Christmas.

11 pm: The Lost Chord with Ross Amico - "A Play in a Manger." Settle in for an hour of reflection, with two works inspired by the first Christmas - Sir Hubert Parry’s Ode on the Nativity and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Nativity play The First Nowell.

Monday Dec. 26
10 am - Winter Holidays around the World with Bill McGlaughlin. An hour of music from different eras and traditions, including medieval Italian Christmas music from Saint Francis of Assisi’s staging of the nativity, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s classical composition La Fiesta de la Posada, evoking a Mexican Christmas celebration, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and an excerpt from Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production.

Sunday Jan. 1
11 am - New Year's Day from Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein with Cleveland Orchestra’s Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting. This year there is an appearance by the Vienna Boys Choir and, first time the Vienna Girls Choir.