Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized.
Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent. Join us Sunday, December 13th at 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions. Some are surrounded by festive foods, others involve preparing and decorating for family, friends and homecomings. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past. 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. Join us Monday, December 10th at 7pm on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
The holiday season doesn't have to be stressful! Sunday Baroque will offer cheery seasonal music to create a festive spirit - baroque Christmas Concertos, carols, and other special treats to help you get into the right frame of mind. Whether you're relaxing, preparing for guests to arrive or finishing (starting?) your shopping, it's the perfect holiday soundtrack! Join us Sunday, December 16th from 7am to 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
A 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 classics and contemporary carols. Join us Tuesday, December 18th at 9am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert. It's an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEsssence, and hosted by John Birge.
Gramophone magazine called VocalEssence “excellent and vibrant.” NEA Chairman Dana Gioia named them “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time.” Join us for holiday classics new and old, when Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Listen Sunday, December 25th at 7am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
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.
As you put the finishing touches on your holiday celebrations, Sunday Baroque will create a warm and lovely environment featuring a variety of recent and classic recordings of baroque holiday music. In the 8am hour of the show, we'll hear selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Join us Sunday, December 23rd at 8am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.
No holiday season is complete without this stunning oratorio, and this year Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists in Handel's complete dramatic masterwork. Hosted by Ron Dell Chiesa, the performance takes place in the acoustic splendor of Boston's Symphony Hall. Join us Sunday, December 15th at 5pm on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
On this final Sunday of the year, Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona will review some of the best recordings of 2012, including a last chance to audition selections from the Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List. Join us Sunday, December 30th from 7am to 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.
Direct from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, it's the most popular classical music concert in the world! This year, Franz Welser-Möst leads the annual celebration concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, featuring the waltzes, marches, galops of the Strauss family and much more. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston. Join us Wednesday, January 1st at 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.