Christmas

2:00pm

Wed December 25, 2013
Messiah

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral

Airs Wednesday, December 25 at 2 p.m. Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas feast.

2:00pm

Wed December 25, 2013
Jazz Piano Christmas

Jazz Piano Christmas XXIV

Airs Wednesday, December 25 at 9 p.m. NPR Music brings you another great concert from Kennedy Center. Andy Bey, Michelle Rosewoman, Stanley Cowell, and Sullivan Fortner perform their favorite holiday songs in a program hosted by Felix Contreras.

12:00pm

Wed December 25, 2013
St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Airs Wednesday, December 25 at 12 noon. 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 and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

11:00am

Wed December 25, 2013
The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble: La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas

Airs Wednesday, December 25 at 11 a.m. In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp. Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.

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2:00pm

Tue December 24, 2013
Advent Voices

Advent Voices

Airs Tuesday, December 24 at 2 p.m. A one hour special of contemplative music for the season, hosted by Lynne Warfel.

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