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!
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 →
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 →
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 →