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Holiday Programming on Classical WETA

US Army Band holiday concert

Holiday Music the Way It Was Meant To Be

During the weeks leading up to December 25th, Classical WETA will present Christmas-inspired classical music as well as the best classical arrangements of Christmas carols. We'll feature choral ensembles such as the Choir of King's College Cambridge, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chanticleer, and many Washington-area choruses; singers such as Thomas Hampson and Leontyne Price; and dozens of instrumental and orchestral ensembles in beautiful arrangements of Christmas favorites.

In addition to the festive music throughout the daily playlist, we will also present a number of broadcast specials with musical celebrations from around the world. Tune in to Classical WETA with your friends and family throughout the holiday season for the best in classical holiday music!

Holiday Specials on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces

Cantor Netanel Hershtik (Leo Sorel)

Saturday, November 30 at 9pm

This Kennedy Center performance, presented by Pro Musica Hebraica, pays homage to the Golden Age of Cantors and to the liturgical music of modern times. Hosted by Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton.

Learn more on the Kennedy Center website →

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Kings College

Tuesday, December 24 at 10am

Held in the candlelit chapel of King's College in Cambridge, this annual service marks the beginning of Christmas for many people around the world.

Learn more on the BBC website →

Christmas Eve Carolfest

Concert ensemble

Tuesday, December 24, noon-7pm

Join us as we celebrate the Christmas holiday with some of the best loved carols performed by some of the world's top musical ensembles.

See playlist →

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

Nutcracker design from 1892

Tuesday, December 24 at 7pm

What would Christmas be without The Nutcracker? Fortunately we don't have to find out!

See playlist →

Christmas Morning with Classical WETA

Classical WETA snow globe

Wednesday, December 25, 6am-11am

Let us provide the music as you and yours enjoy family traditions on Christmas morning.

See playlist →

Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington

Wednesday, December 25 at 11am

Classical WETA's annual program featuring performances of holiday music by Washington, D.C.-area choral and instrumental ensembles.

Learn more →

Handel's Messiah

George Frideric Handel

Wednesday, December 25 at noon

With its resounding “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s masterpiece is perhaps the ultimate classical music piece of the season.

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Chrismas Day Carolfest

Concert ensemble

Wednesday, December 25, 3pm-9pm

Join us as we celebrate the Christmas holiday with some of the best loved carols performed by some of the world's top musical ensembles.

See playlist →

Selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio

J.S. Bach

Wednesday, December 25 at 9pm

Close out your Christmas Day with selections for J.S. Bach's famous Christmas Oratorio, originally written in 1734.

See playlist →

New Year's Day from Vienna

Conductor Daniel Barenboim

Wednesday, January 1 at 11am

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna.

Learn more on Vienna Philharmonic website →

Arkiv Music's CD Picks of the Season

Arkiv Music

Classical WETA's retail partner, Arkiv Music, carries many of the holiday music selections that you hear on-air. Check out the Arkiv website and make your selections. A portion of your purchase benefits Classical WETA!

Visit Arkiv Music website →

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