Evening Concert

A Week of Holiday Specials on this week’s “Evening Concert”


This week on “The Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9, we’ll have a week of Holiday specials, starting with the “Jonathan Winters’ Christmas Carol’, and “Festivo Alt.Latino with Coral Cantigas”, then A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, then “Messiah from Washington National Cathedral, and “A Baroque Christmas in the New World” on Thursday.

WILL-FM      The Evening Concert & Prairie Performances 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (M – F & SUN)


WEEK OF DECEMBER 22 – 23 – 24 – 25 – 26 & 28, 2014


Monday December 22: Holiday Special

And Glory Shone Around: An Early-American Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
This special draws from 19th-century songbooks, featuring carols of the New England colonies, Appalachian folk tunes, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs and the close harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass.


Tuesday December 23: Holiday Specials

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg with master comedian Jonathan Winters presenting a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

New! Festivo Alt.Latino with Coral Contigas
NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas, a performance that also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures, such as a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico, & more.


Wednesday December 24: Holiday Special

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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. [n.b. ours will not be ‘live’ but will be the program from 6 hours earlier in the day from said location.]


Thursday December 25: Holiday Specials

“Messiah” from Washington National Cathedral
The special is culled from the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December that feature the finest international soloists for this very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World

This special brings us music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata & 3 works by Sumaya, most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand.


Friday December 26:  Holiday Specials (Prairie Performances pre-empted; returns Jan. 2)

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs 

Two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. Korva Coleman hosts.

A Season’s Griot 2014
. . .is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year's program will celebrate Peace with special guests Pamela Reid, Joyce Grear and the show's poet laureate, Beverly Burnette.


Sunday December 28:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS): (#14-12)                       

Mozart: Sonata in C major for Piano, Four Hands, K. 521. Juho Pohjonen, piano; Wu Han, piano

Mozart: Divertimento in D major for Oboe, Two Horns, and Strings, K. 251Stephen Taylor, oboe; Julie Landsman, horn; Michelle Baker, horn; Nelson Lee, violin; Meg Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello; Kurt Muroki, double bass

Spoleto Chamber Music Festival (#14-12)
Milhaud: Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161. James Austin Smith, oboe; Peter Kolkay, bsn; Todd Palmer, clarinet

Ginastera: Duo for Flute and Oboe, Op. 13. Tara Helen O' Connor, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe

Messager: Theme and Variations, Tzigane from Les Deux Pigeons. St. Lawrence String Quartet; Tara Helen O' Connor, flute; James Austin Smith, ob.; Todd Palmer, clar.; Anthony Manzo, double bass, Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor, K. 478. Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello