Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

PRE Holiday Programs

Snuggle up to your radio this holiday season and enjoy these programs to help make your holidays bright. All programs are on WTEB 89.3 unless otherwise noted

Sunday, December 22

10 am-11 am       Valparaiso University Christmas Concert

The Valparaiso University invites you, once again, to their Christmas Concert, “A Carol Festival”.  This concert features over 200 musicians in spectacular Christmas celebration, and will include the Valparaiso University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Concert Band.

Some of the music to be performed includes portions of Handel’s Messiah, works by Benjamin Britten and John Rutter’s Gloria, Emmanuel Variants by Robert Foster for Band, Hymn to the Nativity by Brammeier, along with other traditional Christmas selections. 

Conductors to include Christopher M. Cock, Chorale and Men's Choir; Maura Janton Cock, Women's Choir; Dennis Friesen-Carper, symphony orchestra; and Jeffrey Scott Doebler, Chamber Concert Band.

A tradition on campus for over 80 years, the Valparaiso University Christmas Concert will celebrate the holiday season in the Chapel of the Resurrection.

11 am- noon       Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine 

For their 25th anniversary tour of the US, the globally-revered vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a truly sublime holiday program in concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square.  Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller. 

Noon - 2 pm       Journey Through the Nutcracker

Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House.  The story – and the music – unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.

6 pm-11 pm Holiday Favorites on Tom The Jazzman

Tuesday, December 24

9 am-10 am       A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico (59:00) (NPR)

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 radiant sacred 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.

10 am - noon       A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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.

Noon - 1 pm      A Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is a one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries – from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

1 pm - 2 pm      Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

2 pm- 3pm       Welcome Christmas!

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media. It’s an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence.

Gramophone magazine called VocalEssence “excellent and vibrant.” NEA Chairman Dana Gioia named them “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time.” Join us in December for holiday classics new and old, when Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! from American Public Media.

3 pm - 4 pm       Jonathan Winter’s A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg.  the late Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

6 pm - 7 pm       Tinsel Tales 2  on PRE News & Ideas Network

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

7 pm - 10 pm       Messiah from Washington National Cathedral

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional  evening of performances.

Wednesday, December 25

9 am - 10 am       Glad Tidings of Great Joy

Christmas comes early this year with an exceptional program, taking us from medieval England and Germany to baroque London and Leipzig with the music of Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach. From the glorious cathedral chant, Veni Emmanuel, to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, this program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from northern Europe. Two renowned musical institutions band together in this Early-Music tour de force: the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis, directed by Dr. Dana Marsh; and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, directed by Paul Elliott. 

10am - noon       Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert

From the WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque their  annual presentation of  the Brass and Choral Holiday Concert.

Please join  host, Kerry Frumkin, as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Boris Ord, Paul Manz, Samuel Scheidt; Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli; Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britton, Harod Darke and John Tavener among others.

Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration.  Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion.  Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.

Diverse in nationality, temporality and musical style, the stories the pieces in this program tell are nonetheless similar in their message.  Many are related to the Christmas narrative, shedding light on different facets of the tale, while others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe the season inspires can last the entire year.  Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn’t the only one at work in this program.  Different nationalities, perspectives and styles are reconciled through the power of music, and glorious harmony is clearly the result.  What better way to celebrate the holiday season?

Noon - 1 pm       Leroy Anderson Christmas

The WFMT Radio Network invites you to celebrate the holidays with the music of Leroy Anderson!

This one hour program contains 80% music of classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson.  It is hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, and features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra.  Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

This Leroy Anderson Tribute is co-hosted and produced by the composer's son Kurt Anderson, who is also General Manager of public radio station WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Monroe, CT.  He has produced a number of radio programs about his father including an NPR special concert in 1999.  He also created the PBS website on Leroy Anderson and produced the DVD release of the PBS documentary, Once Upon a Sleigh Ride.

1 pm - 2 pm      A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned British composer Benjamin Britten through his beloved choral music for the holidays. Centerpiece of the program will be Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which will also feature other Britten holiday works and standard carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

2 pm - 4 pm       St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. 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.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

6 pm - 11pm  Holiday Favorites with Tom the Jazzman

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

11 am - 1 pm       New Year’s Day from Vienna 2014

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo of WCRB Classical New England, a service of WGBH.