This weekend, Dec. 21, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus present a "Sing-Along Messiah," an event often known as a "Do-It-Yourself Messiah." Audience members are invited to join the choir in singing choruses from Handel’s masterpiece.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm
Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.
Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:59 am
Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, and then we start hammering things out in some amount of exquisite music-nerd agony. Some albums we agree upon, some are our individual picks.
The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre. Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund. Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.
GS: Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?
WNIJ is pleased to present our collection of holiday specials throughout December. Each week you'll hear from the people you've come to know and love and we'll introduce you to some new voices along the way. Tune in and enjoy!
Tinsel Tales 3 - Sunday, December 14 - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 25 10:00 a.m.
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and others NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary