Airs Monday, December 22 at 11 a.m. The The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the season with a performance of Handel's Messiah. Betsy Burleigh conducts the orchestra, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall.
Airs Sunday, December 21 at 6 p.m. Forget apps to help you with last-minute shopping. This season, we look at how innovations are reshaping our holidays — altering approaches to travel, family gatherings, food, and more. Guests include: Nancy Koehn, historian at Harvard Business School; John Kasarda, professor at the University of North Carolina and author of "Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next" ; Courtney Reagan, CNBC’s retail reporter and Howard Anderson from Harvard Business School.
Airs Saturday, December 20 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's All New 34th Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.
Airs Saturday, December 20 at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s comic masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro. Erwin Schrott sings the title role of the resourceful valet who must outwit his master before he can marry; Danielle de Niese is his clever fiancee, Susanna; and Mariusz Kwiecien is the lecherous Count Almaviva. The performance features two major network broadcast debuts: American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, a 2010 winner of the Met National Council Auditions and First Prize winner at this year’s Operalia competition, as Countess Almaviva; and Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as the pageboy Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts the opera, presented in the new production by Richard Eyre which opened the Met season in the fall. Le Nozze di Figaro will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 20.
Airs Friday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll! Each holiday season, join singer-songwriter Monty Brown for A Cajun Christmas. Brown offers up spicy reminiscences from some of the bayou folk, and draws out more poignant memories from others. But mostly it's the music that tells the story. You'll find yourself two-steppin' and waltzin' to "Joyeux Noël" as swamp fiddles, accordions, and singers cook up a holiday gumbo, a delicious feast for the spirit and the ears!