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advent voices
12/18 5pm; 12/24 1pm
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It’s waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Tune in for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

And Glory Shone Around: An Early-American Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
12/23 5pm; 12/25 8pm
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 lineup. The program draws from 19th-century songbooks, featuring carols of the New England colonies, Appalachian folk tunes, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs and the close harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass.

BYU Celebration of Christmas
12/20 11am; 12/24 4pm
Join us for this concert recorded live in BYU's De Jong Concert Hall earlier this month. Performances by the BYU Philharmonic, Singers, Concert Choir, and Men's Chorus.

Candles Burning Brightly
12/20 4pm
A Celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities…and plenty of music.

A Chanticleer Christmas
12/19 5pm; 12/24 1pm
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas. An elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval sacred works, and jazzy spirituals

Christmas at the Movies
12/24 noon
The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included.

The Christmas Chronicles
12/8-11 8pm; 12/21-24 8pm
A true and complete history of Santa Claus. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay. You can also listen on-demand on our website.

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Christmas Devotional
12/7 6pm; 12/21 12:30pm
A Christmas message from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

The Christmas Story in Words and Music
12/21 3pm
Scriptures from the New Testament, combined with Christmas music

Classical 89 High School Choir Competition
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Classical 89 has invited 4 high school choirs to compete for a chance to perform on our live performance series “Highway 89.” Each choir has recorded a Christmas song in our studios, and the winners will be selected by an audience vote combined with the scores of an independent panel of judges. December 15-18 we’ll schedule one choir’s song each day at 8:06am, 12:06pm, and 4:06pm. And on December 22, we’ll announce the winner and broadcast their selection again at those same times. If you’d like to vote, visit our Facebook page.

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The Eight Nights of Chanukah
12/16 - 12/23 6pm
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah – the Festival of Lights – is celebrated over the course of eight nights. In a series of radio vignettes called The Eight Nights of Chanukah, WQXR’s Naomi Lewin tells the stories, and talks about the customs of the holiday, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, traditional foods, and why Chanukah is so hard to spell. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
12/24 8am; 12/25 4pm
The legendary music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. Since 1928, this service of Biblical readings with choral and organ selections has been broadcast live by the BBC. It is now a treasured worldwide Christmas Eve tradition.

Glad Tidings
12/22 5pm
A program featuring performances by the premiere choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brigham Young University School of Music. Includes stories, poetry, and scriptures in celebration of the Christmas season.

Handel’s Messiah
12/14 3pm
In the summer of 1741 Handel was at the peak of his musical prowess, but depressed and in debt. He began setting Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto to music at his usual breakneck speed. In just 24 days, Messiah was complete. Right up to the day of the premiere, Messiah was troubled by production difficulties and last-minute rearrangements of the score. Despite these difficulties, the oratorio soon became a favorite of audiences, with a popularity that lasts to this day.

Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre
Dec. 14, 21, 28 at 2pm
Eric Whitacre is America’s most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In three consecutive programs, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

Remembering Currier and Ives
12/21 11am
Christmas music performed by wind and brass ensembles, including Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and the Eastern Wind Symphony.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
12/21 4pm
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity.

Valparaiso University Christmas
12/22 11am
A tradition for over 90 years, this concert features over 200 musicians in spectacular Christmas celebration. The concert features the internationally acclaimed Valparaiso University Chorale, the symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Concert Band as well as the Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir performing traditional hymns and carols along with other seasonal favorites.