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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 world and nationally reknowned choral ensembles 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

Choral Showcase: Czech Christmas Mass

Choral Showcase

Sunday, December 21 at 9pm

Enjoy a classic pastoral mass written by the Czech composer Jakub Jan Ryba on our weekly Sunday evening program, Choral Showcase.

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Christmas Eve Carolfest

Concert ensemble

Wednesday, December 24, 10:00am-7:00pm

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.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Kings College

Wednesday, December 24 at 7pm

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 →

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

Nutcracker design from 1892

Wednesday, December 24 at 9pm

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

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Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington

Thursday, December 25 at 10am

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

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Handel's Messiah

George Frideric Handel

Thursday, December 25 at 3pm

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

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Selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio

J.S. Bach

Thursday, December 25 at 9pm

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

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New Year's Day from Vienna

Conductor Daniel Barenboim

Thursday, January 1 at 8pm

It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. In this annual special, 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!

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