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Sounds Of The Season: 2014 Holiday Specials


Holiday Specials

  • Met Opera: IL Barbiere Di Siviglia (Rossini)

    Saturday, December 06, 2014

    In Bartlett Sher’s effervescent production of Rossini’s most popular opera, Isabel Leonard is the beautiful and feisty Rosina, who won’t be kept under lock and key. Airs on CapRadio Music at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6.

  • The Nocturne Connection

    Saturday, December 06, 2014

    An appreciation of the Nocturne, with music by Liszt, Field, Chopin, Borodin, Debussy, Copland, and more.

  • Met Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of this epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. Airing on the music station at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

  • The Hebraic Connection

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bernstein and more.

  • Candles Burning Brightly

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Airs Dec 15 at

  • Advent Voices

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. This program, focusing on the sacred and secular aspects of the season, airs Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. on the Music Station.

  • Chanukah in Story and Song with Leonard Nimoy

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" is a unique holiday program, airing December 17 at 6 p.m. on the Music Station.

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    A Baroque Christmas in the New World

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    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. Airs Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. on CapRadio Music.

  • A Prairie Home Companion: 'Tis Winter Now

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    The final live show of the year, featuring the Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers, violinist Sara Panjunen, Heather Masse and Lynne Peterson. 6 p.m. Saturday on the Music Station and 12 p.m. Sunday on the News Station.

  • The Nutcracker Connection

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    The story behind the perennial holiday classic, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

  • Met Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Richard Eyre's season-opening new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Airs on CapRadio Music at 10 a.m. on Dec. 20.

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    Jazz Piano Christmas XXX From NPR

    Monday, December 22, 2014

    NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Airs Monday Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. on CapRadio Music.

  • Christmas on Six Strings with Matt Pacini

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Enjoy the smooth, jazzy guitar sounds of Christmas as curated by music host Matt Pacini. Airing Monday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. on the CapRadio Music.

  • A Chanticleer Christmas 2014

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    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. Airing Dec 24 at 6 a.m. on the Music Station.

  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England, airing live on the Music Station, Dec. 24 at 7 a.m.

  • An Early American Christmas With The Rose Ensemble

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    The Rose Ensemble, renowned for its expansive repertoire of “music from around the world and across the centuries” presents a unique Christmas special to add warmth and distinction to your holiday.

  • Light And Gold: The Music Of Eric Whitacre

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Eric Whitacre is America's most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. Airs on Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. on CapRadio Music.

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    Concierto Christmas Special with Frank Dominguez

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. Air on CapRadio Music Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.

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    Messiah From The Washington National Cathedral

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Hallelujah! The National Cathedral provides the perfect setting for some of the season’s most joyous music, performed by a team of international soloists with the Cathedral’s own combined choirs and Baroque orchestra. Airs Dec 24 at 1 p.m.

  • Christmas With Morehouse And Spelman Glee Clubs

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    The choirs of two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation join together to present a spine-tingling concert program. Airs on December 24, at 2 p.m. on CapRadio Music.

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    St. Olaf Christmas Festival

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Join us in Northfield, Minnesota as we welcome over 600 student musicians for this year's annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Airing Dec 24 at 3 p.m. on CapRadio Music.

  • The Christmas Connection

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Instrumental works for the season by Corelli, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Grainger, Bartok, and more. Airs December 24 at 5 p.m. on the Music Station.

  • Welcome Christmas With VocalEssence

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

    God Jul! Leave your lutefisk, julbord, glögg, and Dala horses at home and come celebrate a VocalEssence Scandinavian and Nordic Christmas with carols from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

  • The Winter Connection

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

    Winter-inspired music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Prokofiev, and more.