By Ray Brown
Today's 4:00 Request comes from Chris, who writes: "Please play 'Pie Jesu' sung by Kathleen Battle (left) from Faure's Requiem. None other will do." We are dedicated here at 99.5; no CD of this performance was found in the WGBH library, but it was found on LP, so the request will be fulfilled via glorious vinyl.
Fulfilling this request seemed like a good way to kick off our holiday programming; in the first hour we will hear carols sung by the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and the Taverner Choir, instrumental versions of carols as set by the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and the Evening Prayer and Pantomime from Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in an English-language version featuring Jennifer Larmore and Rebecca Evans.
In the 6:00 hour we will broadcast programming in solidarity with the efforts of Kim Kashkashian and her project Music for Food for Music. At that time, they will be performing a benefit concert for the Greater Boston Food Bank at Emmanuel Church. Like the other programs in this series, tonight's program will feature a Mozart Viola Quintet and a "surprise piece by Bach", in Ms. Kashkashian's words. We will show our support for this endeavor by playing Mozart's C major quintet with Kim Kashkashian and the Boromeo Quartet in a concert recording from the Gardner Museum in 2002, preceded by a surprise Bach piece of our own, and while doing so we encourage you to think of those in need this holiday season.