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Classical 90.9 WGUC Holiday Specials

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Nov 25 2015
Jan 01 2016
Classical 90.9 WGUC Holiday Specials

As family and friends gather for the holidays, tune to Classical 90.9 WGUC for some of the most beautiful music and magical performances for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year.

90.9 WGUC Holiday Specials

Wednesday, November 25, 6:00 PM

Thanksgiving with Cantus: Cantus is one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, they talk about the holiday, music and food.

Thursday, November 26, 10:00 AM

Feast for the Ears : The perfect soundtrack for Thanksgiving morning as families gather and meals are prepared. A cornucopia of Copland, Vivaldi, Beethoven and many more classical favorites, hosted by Mark Perzel.

Thursday, November 26, 6:00 PM

Giving Thanks 2015: With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

Monday, December 7, 7:00 PM

Candles Burning Brightly: A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music.

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM

Music of Hanukkah: Our annual celebration with stories and music, hosted by Naomi Lewin.

Sunday, December 13, 8:00 PM

Advent Voices: Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. This special presents an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM

Welcome Christmas!: The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle, and hosted by John Birge.

Thursday, December 17, 7:00 PM

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, for their annual Christmas concert.

Friday, December 18, 6:00 PM

Handel’s Messiah: Handel’s Messiah performed by The Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner.  The concert was recorded live in December 2011 at Trinity Church (the same church where “Messiah” had its US premiere in 1770.)

Saturday, December 19, 10:10 AM

A Classical Kids Christmas: Carols and poetry combine to tell the story of Christmas, just like the pageants of days gone by. Experience the traditions of Christmas around the around, meet Saint Nicholas, and follow the Wise Men.

Sunday, December 20, 8:00 PM

Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre: A meditative special co-hosted by superstar composer Eric Whitacre, featuring his own choral masterpieces.

Sunday, December 20, 9:00 PM

Hallelujah Handel: The Messiah Phenomenon: Produced in partnership with WGUC and Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, this special explores the history, beauty, and longevity of Handel’s most popular oratorio, “Messiah.”

Monday, December 21, 7:00 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, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Tuesday, December 22, 6:00 PM

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas from Venice, Naples, Milan, and Beyond: In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino.

Wednesday, December 23, 7:00 PM

Vocal Arts Ensemble Candlelit Christmas: Step inside from the bitterly cold Cincinnati winter to be enveloped in song and the warm glow of candlelight. Cincinnati’s VAE is proud to welcome Anton Armstrong of the world-famous St. Olaf Choir as guest conductor for a program featuring newly invigorated Christmas classics and stunning renditions of familiar favorites.

Thursday, December 24, 10:00 AM

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: A live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) 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.

Thursday, December 24, 6:00 PM

A Chanticleer Christmas: A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as “an orchestra of voices.”

Friday, December 25, 6:00 PM

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: ENCORE

Friday, January 1, 11:00 AM

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2016:  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.



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