Holiday

Airs Thursday, December 26 at 2 p.m. Celebrate Christmas this year with an exceptional program, taking us from medieval England and Germany to baroque London and Leipzig with the music of Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach. From the glorious cathedral chant, Veni Emmanuel, to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, this program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from northern Europe. Two renowned musical institutions band together in this Early-Music tour de force: the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis, directed by Dr. Dana Marsh; and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, directed by Paul Elliott. 

Airs Thursday, December 26 at 1 p.m. Grand candlelit halls, lavish feasts, and stately dances. Escape to the regal elegance of the Elizabethan era. The time and culture of Elizabeth I also contained tension and intrigue; dark and light. And it’s all evident in the music of their Christmas celebrations.    

Repeat Broadcast on Wednesday, December 25 at 7 p.m.Aired live on Tuesday, December 24 at 9 a.m. Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

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.

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.

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