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Advent voices
12/19 3pm; 12/24 8pm
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.

byu celebration of christmas
Four broadcasts
Dec. 18 at 8pm; Dec. 19 at 11am; Dec. 24 at 4pm; Dec. 25 at 9am 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
12/6 at 2pm
A Celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities…and plenty of music.

Caroling with the singers
Three broadcasts
Dec. 20 at 2pm; Dec. 22 at 5pm; Dec. 25 at noon You’re invited to a Christmas carol sing-along, led by The Singers at Minnesota Public Radio. Join in wherever you may be – at home, at work, in your car, at a party – to sing along with some of your Christmas favorites.

a chanticleer christmas
12/20 at 2pm; 12/23 at 5p
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas. An elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval sacred works, and jazzy spirituals

a chanukah celebration with chicago a cappella
12/12 at 4pm
An inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

the christmas chronicles
On air and online
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. Hear it on air December 14-17 at 8pm, and online by clicking on the link below.

christmas devotional
Four broadcasts
Dec. 6 at 6pm; Dec. 20 at 12:30pm; Dec. 20 at 8pm; Dec. 22 at 11am 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
12/20 at 3pm; 12/25 at 8pm
Scriptures from the New Testament, combined with Christmas music

christmas with the mormon tabernacle choir
Three broadcasts
Dec. 19 at 4pm; Dec 21 at 8pm; Dec. 24 at 1pm Join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, for their annual Christmas concert

eight nights of chanukah
Dec. 6-13, 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
Dec. 24 8am; Dec. 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.

handel's messiah
Dec. 14 at 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.

high school choir competition
Dec. 14-18
Classical 89 has invited 3 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 14-16 we’ll schedule one choir’s song each day at 8:06am, 12:06pm, and 4:06pm. And on December 18, we’ll announce the winner and broadcast their selection again at those same times. To listen to each choir's selection on-demand, and to vote for your favorite, please visit our Facebook page beginning December 14.

12/22 at 8pm; 12/24 12pm
An hour of holiday movie music that ranges from the sentimental to the completely cranky. From “White Christmas” and cozy homes for the holidays, to Grinches and Scrooges, Hollywood Holiday takes in your favorite holiday movies from a musical point of view.

the nutcracker
Dec. 6 at 3pm
The complete ballet about Clara's magical journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

remembering currier and ives
Dec. 21 at 11am
Christmas music performed by wind and brass ensembles, including Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and the Eastern Wind Symphony.

a rose in winter
12/19 at 2pm; 12/21 at 5p
With its trademark vocal artistry, The Rose Ensemble presents a unique seasonal program that will bring many musical riches to your holiday celebrations. Amidst familiar stories of wise men and shepherds, ancient Christmas legends also describe a midnight blooming of all manner of plants, trees, and flowers. The acclaimed vocal ensemble’s holiday concert explores this miracle of new life amid the cold of winter through gorgeous music honoring the Madonna and Child.

salt lake children's choir at christmas
Dec. 7-11
0am and 4:06pm Join Classical 89 for selections from the choir’s 2013 Christmas concert in the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Favorite carols, music from many lands, newer compositions, and lesser-known gems.

st. olaf christmas festival
Dec. 20 at 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.