WXXI-FM 91.5 Listings for December 2009

WXXI-FM 91.5 Listings for December 2009


12:00pm Saint Paul Sunday

12/6      Jonathan Biss, p

12/13    The Orion String Quartet

12/20    Ellen Hargis, s; Paul O’Dette, lute & theorbo

12/27    Anne-Sophie Mutter, v; Lambert Orkis, p


1:00pm Music of the Baroque Christmas Concert

12/20    The annual brass and choral holiday concert features music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Johann Vierdanck, Giovanni Gabrieli, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz, among others.  Hosted by Peter Van De Graaff.


1:00pm RPO Holiday Pops 2008 ♦

12/6      The annual RPO Holiday Pops concert with Jeff Tyzik and the 200-voice Festival High School Chorale, and special guests, the New York Voices. (repeats 12/25 @ 10am)


3:00pm New York Philharmonic

12/6      Liszt: Les Préludes Elgar: In the South Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet (Riccardo Muti, cond)

12/13    Honegger: Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra and Trumpet Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica (Philip Smith, tr; Riccardo Muti, cond)

12/20    Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Ravel: Piano Concerto Debussy: La Mer (David Fray, p; Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)

12/27    Handel: Messiah (Annette Dasch, s; Daniel Taylor, ct; James Taylor, t; Shenyang, bs-bar; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling, cond)


5:00pm From the Top

12/6      From the Top collaborates with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic with performances by a guitar duo featuring the Maestra and a talented teen from Indiana, and a moving story from a special violist.

12/13    From the Schwartz Center at Emory University, this 10th Anniversary show features alumni guest violinist Melissa White performing Brahms and talk about life in a professional string quartet.

12/20    From the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.

12/27    From the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ with a program of accomplished musicians including a sibling cello and violin duo playing Kodály.



6:00pm A Choral Evensong for Richard Gladwell ♦

12/6      Recorded live at Asbury First United Methodist Church on November 1, 2009, choirs from several area churches joined with Madrigalia and the Emerald Brass Quintet to celebrate the life of With Heart & Voice host Richard Gladwell.  The service is a traditional Anglican Evensong.



6:00pm A Harpist’s Christmas with Yolanda Kondonassis

12/13    American harpist Yolanda Kondonassis joins with flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps for a program of seasonal harp music.


6:00pm A Chanticleer Christmas

12/20    America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional and best-loved Christmas songs from Gregorian chant to Gospel.


7:00pm With Heart & Voice ♦

12/13    Advent 3

12/20    A Christmas Celebration

12/27    A Venetian Christmas


8:00pm Pipedreams

12/6      Advent Expressions A spirit of intimate reflection and anticipation is inherent in music for the weeks before Christmas.

12/13    Mendelssohnian Memories  A wrap up to this year’s bicentennial celebrations with a look at some of the composer’s best and least-known works for organ.

12/20    An American Organist’s Christmas  Home-grown performers, composers, and instruments celebrated the Festival of the Nativity.

12/27    An International Holiday Sampler  Special music from around the globe amplifies and illuminates the good tidings of Christmas. 



12:00pm Chanukah in Story and Song

12/14    A Chanukah celebration performed by the Western Wind, spanning Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe, and modern Israeli tunes.  Hosted by Leonard Nimoy.


12:00pm A Carolina Christmas from Biltmore Estate

12/21    A festive celebration of Appalachian folk traditions and other styles native to the Carolinas, featuring vocalist of the year Kathy Mattea, VOX, the Carolinas’ premier choral ensemble and The Beggar Boys, a Baroque/Celtic trio.  You’ll hear African-American spirituals, folk favorites, Celtic jigs and the Biltmore’s renowned 1916 Skinner organ in holiday favorites.


7:00pm Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

12/7      Johannes Brahms, Part I The first of a two week biography exploring the music and life of the great German master, including his formative years as a pianist, meeting the Schumanns, the symphonies, his late works for clarinet and more.

12/14    Johannes Brahms, Part II This is the second of a two-week exploration of the music and life of the great German master, including his formative years as a pianist, meeting the Schumanns, the symphonies, his late works for clarinet and more.

12/21    Holiday Celebration Music inspired by the season

12/28    American Masters American Composers of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties.


8:00pm A Paul Winter Solstice Concert

12/21    From the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Paul Winter celebrates the 28th Annual Solstice celebration with Gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Brazilian guitarist Renato Braz, woodwind master Paul McCandless and the Cathedral’s Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ, and the Paul Winter Consort.  John Schaefer hosts.


8:00pm San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

12/7      Haydn: Te Deum for the Empress Maria Theresa; Symphony No. 100, Military; Mass in Time of War (Christine Brandes, s; Kelley O’Connor, ms; John Tessier, t; Nathan Berg, bs-bar; San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Bernard Labadie, cond)

12/14    Tchaikovsky/arr. Stravinsky: Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (Vadim Gluzman, v; James Gaffigan, cond)

12/28    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 ; Symphony No. 4 (Lief Ove Andsnes, p; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond)




12:00pm Echoes of Christmas

12/15    The Dale Warland Singers, present a one-hour celebration of Christmas from the archives of their live performances.  Dale Warland and Brian Newhouse co-host.


12:00pm Christmas Around the Country          

12/22    NPR takes listeners to churches and concert halls from coast to coast to present some of the best classical holiday music of the season.  Lisa Simeone hosts.


8:00pm Messiah

12/22    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh present Handel’s classic.  Jim Cunningham hosts. 


8:00pm The Freeway Series: Music from the Pacific Coast

12/1      Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for Violin and Harp Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello Mozart: String Quartet, Hunt (Sempre Strings)

12/8      Jolivet : Song of Linus Boulez: Memorial Stravinsky: Octet Debussy: Sacred & Profane Dances

Dukas: from La Peri Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium; of the Celestial City Daniel-Lesur: Song of Songs (Jacaranda Singers & Chamber Ensemble)

12/15    Mozart: Oboe Quartet Barber: String Quartet Boccherini: Oboe Quintet Schubert: String Quartet, Death and the Maiden (Thomas Gallant, ob; Colorado Quartet)

12/29    Chin: Romance for Cello and Orchestra (World Premiere) Gulda: Cello Concerto (1980) Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 (Felix Fan, c; Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; Heiichiro Ohyama, cond)



12:00pm Happy Joyous Hannukah

12/16    Murray Horwitz hosts a concert by the New York City based Grammy-award-winning band, the Klezmatics.


12:00pm RPO Messiah 2008 ♦

12/23    Christopher Seaman conducts the RPO and the Rochester Oratorio Society in Handel’s Messiah.  Eric Townell, dir.


12:10    Live from Hochstein ♦

12/2      Eastman Horn Choir  (repeats @ 10 pm)

12/9      A Cup of Good Cheer with Madrigalia (repeats @ 10 pm)


8:00pm Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

12/2      Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, Little Threepenny Music Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (Andreas Delfs, accordion & cond)

12/9      Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Antheil: A Jazz Symphony Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (Andrews Sill, p)

12/16    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Roy Harris: Symphony No. 3 (Joseph Johnson, c; Andreas Delfs, cond)

12/23    (9:00pm) Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1; Overture to Don Giovanni (Frank Almond, v; Andreas Delfs, cond)

12/30    R. Strauss: Serenade; Metamorphosen, A Study for 23 Solo Strings Holst: The Planets (Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Lee Erickson, dir; Edo de Waart, cond)


8:00pm Choirs & Carols: An NPR Christmas
12/23    Lisa Simeone hosts a program which includes the ancient harmonies of Trio Medieval, traditional Latvian carols from the Riga Dom Boys Choir, and a rarely heard Christmas song by Sibelius, sung by Finland’s YL Choir.  The Pittsburgh Brass joins the celebration, along with balalaika music performed by members of Trio Voronezh.


10:00am A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

12/24    Michael Barone hosts the annual live broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England, featuring the 30-voice King’s Singers College Choir, in a legendary presentation of Biblical readings and choral and organ music.


11:30am Rejoice & Be Glad

12/24    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomes the world-famous King’s Singers to Temple Square for a magnificent program that includes The Twelve Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells, I Saw Three Ships and Angels From the Realms of Glory.


12:00pm Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers

12/17    A concert of traditional and contemporary holiday music.


12:00pm Cantus: All is Calm

12/24    A moving new musical radio theater drama about the 1914 World War I Christmas Truce.    Based upon the diaries of soldiers, and intertwined with Christmas favorites, Cantus tells both sides of the story, as men who had been trying to kill each other in the fields of France, spontaneously put down their guns, walked across no-man’s land, and sang together.  Brian Newhouse hosts.


1:00pm Mother of God: a Portrait in Song

12/10    From the historic Carmel Mission Basilica, the Carmel Festival Chorale presents a concert of devotional music.


1:00pm Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

12/24    The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This year's program features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.


8:00pm St. Olaf Christmas Festival

12/24    The St. Olaf Christmas Festival presents a worship service of song and word, including hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections to celebrate the Nativity, featuring more than 500 student musicians.


8:00pm BP Chicago Symphony Orchestra

12/3      Bernstein: Overture to Candide; Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra (Vadim Gluzman, v; Renée Fleming, s; Paavo Järvi, cond)

12/10    Verdi: Ave Maria, Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Te Deum from Four Sacred Pieces (Jo Ann Pickens, s; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, dir; Sir Georg Solti, cond) Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection (Miah Persson, s; Christianne Stotijn, ms; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, dir; Bernard Haitink, cond)

12/17    Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Rouse: Rapture Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams; Excerpts from The Nutcracker (Julia Fischer, v; David Zinman, cond)

12/31    Dvořák: Symphony No. 3; Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 7 (Janine Jansen, v; Sir Mark Elder, cond)


10:00pm Welcome Christmas!

12/24    Welcome Christmas! Features the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence, lead by Phillip Brunelle.   


10:00pm           A Night of Smiles with Mordecai Lipshutz ♦

Classical 91.5 retired music host Mordecai Lipshutz returns to help listeners ring in the New Year with waltzes, polkas and seasonal favorites.


11:00pm           A Rochester Festival of Lessons & Carols ♦

12/24    A Christmas Eve tradition for over a half-century at Rochester’s Third Presbyterian Church, WXXI's Jeanne Fisher hosts the annual live broadcast of readings, anthems and Christmas Carols.



6:00am Christmas Morning with Brenda Tremblay

12/25    WXXI begins a new tradition!  It's a Rochester Christmas celebration with beautiful seasonal tunes and special holiday messages for you from Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Christopher Seaman, flutist Rebecca Gilbert, composers Cary Ratcliff and Doug Lowry, and others.  Listeners will hear sparkling favorites from choral ensemble Madrigalia, Mitzie Collins, and Rochester's baroque orchestra, The Publick Musick.


10:00am RPO Holiday Pops 2008 ♦

12/25    The annual RPO Holiday Pops concert with Jeff Tyzik and the 200-voice Festival High School Chorale, and special guests, the New York Voices.


12:00pm           Christmas with Madrigalia ♦

12/11    O Magnum Mysterium is the traditional chant for Christmas morning. Its simple, yet elegant text has inspired composers through the ages to depict the great mystery of the King of Kings born among humble animals and shepherds. This year Madrigalia returns for another musical celebration of Christmas, centered on the Missa O Magnum Mysterium by 16th century Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. The one-hour program, conducted by Tomas Folan and recorded live in concert at Saint Anne Church in Rochester, features Victoria’s Christmas Mass, along with a diverse mix of holiday music, from medieval English through contemporary American Jazz. (repeats 12/25 @ 1pm)


12:00pm Chanukah Lights 2009           

12/18    Explore Chanukah traditions in original stories commissioned expressly for this program.  Authors include Danit Brown, Michael Blumenthal and Rachel Shukert. Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg host.


12:00pm Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral

12/25    Host Robert Aubry Davis welcomes listeners to the annual Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols.


1:00pm Backstage Pass ♦

12/11    Julia Figueras welcomes Resonanz, a chamber choral group made up of members from the Rochester Oratorio Society under ROS director Eric Townell, for a program of music for Chanukah and Christmas, including a Chanukah piece composed by a member of the group. (repeats 12/13 @ 2pm)



4:00pm RPO Messiah 2008 ♦

12/25    Christopher Seaman conducts the RPO and the Rochester Oratorio Society in Handel’s Messiah.  Eric Townell, dir.


8:00pm APM SymphonyCast

12/4      Schuman: Symphony No. 3 Glazunov: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture (Hilary Hahn, v; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Leonard Slatkin, cond)

12/11    Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale Crusell: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (Burt Hara, cl; Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä, cond)

12/18    Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Anna Caterina Antonacci, s; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, cond)

12/25    Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas 1-3) (Susanna Pütters, s; Elisabeth Wilke, ms; Hans-Jörg Mammel, t; Klaus Mertens, bs; Dresdner Kreuzchor; Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra; Roderich Kreile, cond)




7:00am Cadenza with Chris Van Hof


8:00pm Performance Today


10:00am Fascinatin’ Rhythm ♦

12/5      Harold Arlen and the Weather

12/12    Herman Hupfeld & the Competition

12/19    Keywords for World War II

12/26    Home for Christmas


12:00pm Leroy Anderson Christmas

12/19    Leonard Slatkin and the composer’s son Kurt Anderson pay tribute to the composer of such Christmas favorites as Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival.  Listeners will hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him; all performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.

1:00pm Houston Opera

12/5      Rossini: La Cenerentola (in Italian)


1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera

12/12    (12:30)  Puccini: Il Trittico

12/19    Offenbach: Les Contes D’Hoffmann (HD Theater simulcast)

12/26    Strauss: Elektra


6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion

12/5      A live broadcast performance from the Town Hall in New York, NY.

12/12    A live broadcast performance from the Town Hall in New York, NY.

12/19    A live broadcast performance from the Town Hall in New York, NY.

12/26    TBA


8:00pm Thistle & Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie

12/5      Muir of Gormack The area of wilderness known as the Muir of Gormack was first mentioned in 1776 by scholars who labeled it a "Caledonian Camp" noting its prehistoric remains of hut circles, cairns and decorated stones. Dougie MacLean imagines the setting in Muir of Gormack - A Pictish Story.

12/12    New Anthems The process is mysterious, has nothing to do with critical acclaim, and builds momentum over years. Some songs then eventually capture the hearts of people from all walks of life who claim them as their own. Hear the Celtic anthems that inspire mass choruses in pubs and sporting venues -- and the ones that may do so in years to come.

12/19    Connemara Best known for the Grammy-winning Riverdance, Bill Whelan has played with legendary band Planxty and produced records for U2. His Connemara Suite was written for traditional musicians in a chamber orchestra setting. Hear excerpts from Whelan's music along with other sounds from Ireland's wild west.

12/26    Nollaig Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites, dance tunes and verses that have all become a part of the traditional Irish and Scottish Christmastide.