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Holiday Specials, On-Demand

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. (Stu Rosner/BSO)

  Hear the Classical New England Holiday Music Channel

Classical New England brings you the sounds of the season, from celebratory concerts to traditional favorites. Tune in on the radio and online and check back to hear many performances on-demand.


Musikverein lobby ceiling The Bach Hour - Christmas Oratorio

Bach tells teh story of the birth of Jesus through six cantatas for the days between Christmas and Epiphany.

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Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra: Sound the Posthorn!

We ring out the old year by revisiting one of the highlights of the 2013 Tanglewood season: Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, with mezzo-soprano Ann-Sophie von Otter, the PALS Children's Chorus and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Harry Christophers Handel's Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society

Harry Christophers conducts Handel's iconic oratorio in concert at Symphony Hall. Join Brian McCreath and Harvard scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly, author of First Nights: Five Musical Premieres.

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Benjamin Britten
(credit: Roland Haupt, via Britten 100)
A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration

We mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned British composer Benjamin Britten through his Ceremony of Carols and other holiday works, as well as traditional carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks, all performed by the NEC Chamber Chorus, led by Erica Washburn.

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Boston Ballet Nutcracker A Journey Through The Nutcracker

Boston Ballet conductor Jonathan McPhee joins James David Jacobs for a guided tour through Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet score, with an extra helping of sugar-plum fairies.

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Tallis Scholars The Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine

For their 25th anniversary tour of the US, the globally-revered vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a sublime holiday concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square, presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller.

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Martin Pearlman

Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque

Martin Pearlman conducts Handel's oratorio in concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, with soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon, tenor John McVeigh, and baritone Andrew Garland.

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Santa Claus at Holiday Pops Holiday Pops 2013

Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus take the stage for one of Boston's most cherished traditions. Tune in for your favorite carols, a few surprises and a visit from a certain red-suited fellow, direct from Symphony Hall!

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Richmond Round Church Christmas Around New England

Join Alan McLellan for music and performances that make the season a unique experience around New England.

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Handel and Haydn Chorus Joy to the World: An American Christmas

Artistic Director Harry Christophers and singers from the Handel & Haydn Society explore a fascinating and eclectic selection of festive music, including carols by the “father of American choral music,” William Billings.

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Adoration of the Magi, by Lorenzo Monaco A Medieval Christmas with Boston Camerata

Enchanting music and the eternally powerful story of the Nativity come together in magnificent medieval song and poetry from France, England and Germany, directed by Anne Azéma.

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Boston Children's Chorus Boston Children's Chorus: All Choir Holiday Concert

Artistic director Anthony Trecek-King selects and leads a program of holiday favorites and unique arrangements.

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Stile Antico A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico

The award-winning choir from London pays a visit to St. Paul's Church in Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season.

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Keith Lockhart Keith's Classical Corner

Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart joins morning host Laura Carlo to share some of his personal favorites of the season, many of which are contained on the brand-new CD, "A Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall."

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Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot

Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah

The New England Conservatory's Hankus Netsky joins James David Jacobs for Jewish sacred music from diverse cultures.

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From the Top Live Auditions

Monday, November 4, 2013
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WCRB's Top 99 1/2!

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Denève at Tanglewood

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Landmarks Orchestra's Free Summer Concerts

Friday, July 1, 2011
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Join 99.5 WCRB hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade every Wednesday night at 7pm.


July 15
Rhapsody in Green, hosted by Laura Carlo
This year's series launches with the annual green concert, celebrating our city, state and national parks and honoring the men and women who protect and preserve them, with music by Mendelssohn, Hovhaness, Debussy, and more.

July 22
Fiesta sinfónica, hosted by Alan McLellan
Two worlds meet in music inspired by Latin-American song and dance spanning over 150 years. The Landmarks Orchestra joins a "pocket-sized salsa orchestra" featuring musicians from Boston's Latino community.

July 29
A Night at the Ballet, with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Ray Brown
Ronald Feldman conducts the orchestra of Boston's medical community in works by Stravinsky and Offenbach, along with Gene Scheer's Albert Schweitzer Portrait, with narration by Gov. Charlie Baker.

August 5
Italian Night, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa
The Landmarks Orchestra and the One City Choir bring together operatic and orchestral favorites by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Nino Rota.

August 12
Scheherazade Meets Clarice Assad, hosted by Chris Voss
Rimsky-Korsakov's spectacular orchestral masterpiece shares the program with performances and selections by Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad.

August 19
Drums Along the Charles, hosted by Cathy Fuller
Rhythms across centuries and cultures play out in music by Khachaturian, Glass, and Rachmaninoff, along with a New England premiere by Donald Krishnaswami.

August 26
A Midsummer Night's Dream, hosted by Chris Voss
Shakespeare's comic masterpiece is performed in its entirety, along with Felix Mendelssohn's brilliant incidental music.

For more information, visit the Landmarks Orchestra.

The Sounds of Summer with Classical New England

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Boston skyline
Boston skyline by Y. Sawa, via Wikimedia Commons

With the start of the Tanglewood season, WCRB Classical New England has also made some changes in our program schedule to bring you even more great music produced right here in New England – from our Boston studios to the venerable Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, as well as the myriad New England summer music festivals the dot our region.    

Summertime or not, Laura Carlo will continue waking you up each weekday morning at 5 am, but we've moved The Writer's Almanac to 6:30am, where you will find it now six days a week (including Saturdays!) at that time.  And if you're a fan of the show, you've probably noticed that host Garrison Keillor is also on a "summer schedule," with poet Billy Collins filling in as guest host of the show until Labor Day.

At 10am, our genial midday host Alan McLellan has great music all the way until 3pm each weekday, with continued recent concert performances on Café Europa at noon and a check in wtih the WGBH Newsroom on the 1 O'Clock Report. Cathy Fuller is also your drive-home companion deeper into the night now, playing great selections from our amazing 90,000-recording-strong library of CDs, concert recordings, and sessions recorded in our Fraser Performance Studio.  

And every Friday at 3pm, Cathy and Ron Della Chiesa will get together for the Tanglewood Turnpike, our summertime review of the week's highlights from the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (including a performance or two from the Shed), and preview of the weekend's activities. Ron and Cathy will again be bringing you every big weekend concert from Tanglewood: Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.

Our popular evening host James David Jacobs, by contrast, will start an hour earlier, starting at 8pm and staying with you until midnight, Monday through Thursday.  And we're thrilled to announce that James will begin each of his thoughtfully-constructed programs with the Symphony at Eight, designed to pair a cornerstone work of the repertory with a landmark recording.  And while you're listening to James's exquisite selections, check out his invariably fascinating posts about the works on our Facebook page.  

To accommodate these changes, Performance Today will no longer air during the weekdays, but you will be able to enjoy the program on Saturday evenings after the Tanglewood broadcasts.  We're also delighted to add the popular Piano Puzzler feature between PT host Fred Child and pianist Bruce Adolphe, which you'll now be able to hear every Saturday at noon. You can also check out the Piano Puzzler podcast any time.

For our complete new summertime schedule, visit our playlist. Let us know what you think in the comments, and thanks for listening!

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