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WGUC Holiday Programming
The holiday season is celebrated in music with a variety of specials on 90.9 WGUC. Here’s the line-up:
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Advent Voices Advent Voices
Thursday, December 11, at 7 pm
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.
Welcome Christmas! Welcome Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, at 8 pm
A perennial broadcast favorite hosted by John Birge and featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America’s premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.
An Anonymous 4 Christmas An Anonymous 4 Christmas
Sunday, December 14, at 9 pm
For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch. Hosted by David Garland.
Music of Hanukkah Music of Hanukkah
Monday, December 15, at 6:30 pm
Our annual celebration with stories and music, hosted by Naomi Lewin.
Candles Burning Brightly Candles Burning Brightly
Monday, December 15, at 7 pm
Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.
Christmastime in New York Christmastime in New York
Wednesday, December 17, at 7 pm
The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The concert includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen. Kent Tritle, conductor; Nimet Habachy, host.
A Baroque Christmas in the New World A Baroque Christmas in the New World
Thursday, December 18, at 7 pm
In celebration of the holiday season, A Baroque Christmas in the New World brings you music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya. Hosted by Angela Mariani.
Handel’s Messiah Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 19, at 6 pm
Enjoy this classic work in a complete recording.
A Classical Kids Christmas A Classical Kids Christmas
Saturday, December 20, at 10:10 am
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.
An Operavore Christmas An Operavore Christmas
Sunday, December 21, at 8 pm
Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.
Hallelujah Handel Hallelujah Handel
Sunday, December 21, at 9 pm
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.”
VAE Candlelit Christmas VAE Candlelit Christmas
Monday, December 22, at 7 pm
The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight. What better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. VAE welcomes guest artists Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Tuesday, December 23, at 7 pm
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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, December 24, at 10 am
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live 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.
A Chanticleer Christmas A Chanticleer Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, at 6 pm
Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season like 12 men singing in beautifully blended harmony. A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 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 to Chanticleer's popular Gospel medley of Christmas tunes.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Thursday, December 25, at 6 pm
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live 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.
New Year’s Day from Vienna New Year’s Day from Vienna
Thursday, January 01, 2015 at 11 am
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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