Sun., Dec. 2nd, 9-10 pm - The Early Muse: English Music for Advent. We celebrate Advent with splendid music from 16th and 17th century England. Tallis’s extended motet Vide Miraculum and a glorious Magnificat by Robert White form the bookends for works by Dunstable, Byrd and Gibbons honoring the Virgin mother-to-be.
Mon., Dec. 10, 3-4 pm - Chanukah in Story and Song. A returning celebration by The Western Wind, performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe, and modern Israeli and American tunes.
Fri., Dec. 21, 3-4 pm - Roll Credits: A Hollywood Holiday. Host Lynne Warfel shares music that made great films from “A Christmas Carol” to “Polar Express” come alive with the warmth and sparkle of the season.
Sun., Dec. 23, 6-7 pm -Echoes of Christmas with The Dale Warland Singers. Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The
Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across
the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America's premiere
choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners
nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the
archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian
Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
7-8 pm - Singing and Other Sins: Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for chorus, solo voices and harp.
9-10 p.m., The Early Muse: A Popular Christmas in Baroque France. France has certainly the oldest and one of the most charming traditions of Christmas music. Much of it is based on simple tunes and carols, or “noels”, for the people, even in formal liturgical pieces. And instruments have always played a large part. Noëls by Marc-Antoine Charpentier contrast with traditional Christmas music from the historic Pays d’Oc.
Mon., Dec. 24, 8:30-10 am - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This traditional broadcast from King’s College Cambridge’s 30-voice choir is hosted by Michael Barone.
10-Noon St. Olaf Christmas Festival. A service in song and word that has become one of the national’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. Host: Alison Young.
3-4 pm - A Chanticleer Christmas. American Public Media’s one-hour celebration of the season as told by the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the San Francisco-based 12-voice men’s choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries, from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols. Host: Brian Newhouse.
Christmas Day, Tues., Dec. 25: 3-4 pm - Welcome, Christmas! New for 2012: Bring a Torch. This year’s program puts the focus on old French carols alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas Carol Contest. APM’s John Birge hosts for the 14th year.
6-8 pm - A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – Live in Concert! Live from the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, a Celtic celebration of the season with top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from host Brian O’Donovan.
Sun., Dec, 30, 6-7 pm - The Story of Christmas: A Pageant From Washington National Cathedral. Each Christmas-tide the Cathedral hosts a number of special services,
combining biblical readings that mark out the story of the birth of
Christ with much-loved, as well as new, carols, from folk to ethereal
polyphony, from the splendor of all the voices and organ together, to
the hush of treble voices and harp. This year celebrates one of the
classics of carol repertory, Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols,
composed on board ship on his return from America to Britain during the
darkest days of War in 1942. Originally heard with female voices, the
celebrated girl choristers perform it, directed by Cathedral musical
director Michael McCarthy.
7-8 pm - Singing and Other Sins: Host Gary Hickling’s favorite moments from Singing and other Sins 2012.
9-10 pm – The Early Muse: Happy New Year from Spain and the New World. Spanish and Spanish-American music has a spicy flavor distinct from any other in baroque Europe. At this New Year, join us for some traditional and some more off-beat performances recorded by just a few special groups. Dances by Sebastián de Aguirre are played by Los Otros; Constantinople brings us the amazing poetry and music of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a brilliant intellectual and feminist who openly defied both sacred and secular authorities in 17th century Mexico.
New Year’s Day, Mon. Jan.1, 10 am - Noon - New Year’s Day from Vienna 2013. 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 off the New Year.
6-8 pm Boston Baroque Gala First Day Concert. A Boston New Year’s tradition shared with the nation for the first time. Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in a festival New Year’s Day concert live from Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square. Host: Cathy Fuller of WGBH Classical New England.
Christmas Eve, Monday Dec. 24, 5 pm - A Christmas Carol Master comedian Jonathan Winters
presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a
special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own
Christmas Day, Tuesday Dec. 25, 8 am – All Songs Considered It's the fourth edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.
New Year’s Day, Monday Jan.1, 8-9 a.m. - A Season’s Griot An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, hosted again by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.