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 renowned 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!
Beginning December 17
Immediately following the annual "Beethoven Birthday Bash" (Dec 16th), Classical WETA turns its focus to presenting classical music-inspired renditions of Christmas favorites, around the clock. Join us for "holiday music the way it was meant to be," culminating in special programming on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.See playlist →
Friday, December 23 at 9pm
This special edition of "Center Stage from Wolf Trap" features the acclaimed German a cappella ensemble Calmus performing traditional and contemporary holiday music, from their 2015 concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap.Learn more →
Saturday, December 24 at 1pm
The MET takes a break from its weekly live broadcasts to present a perennial favorite for the Christmas season. Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel is a sumptuous retelling of the classic fairy tale, featuring guardian angels, a sandman, a dew fairy, and a witch with her enticing gingerbread house.See playlist →
Sunday, January 1 at 7pm
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 →