Evening Concert

Weekly Listings Evening Concerts Mon Dec 20 - Sun Dec 26, 2021


WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC. 20 – 21 – 22 – 23 & 26, 2021


Monday, December 20: The New York Philharmonic (NYP 22-13) Rilling Conducts Handel’s Messiah

HANDEL: Messiah; Conductor: Helmuth Rilling; Annette Dasch, Soprano;  Daniel Taylor, Countertenor; James Taylor, Tenor; Shenyang, Bass‐Baritone; Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart


Tuesday, December 21 [Winter starts 4:02 am CT]: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 21-52)

A Paul Winter Solstice Celebration (2020 Repeat)

Celebrate the return of the sun with an encore performance recorded in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Musicians include gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist and singer Arto Tunçboyacıyan and double reed wizard Paul McCandless. Hear the American Performance Premiere of the Grammy-winning suite MIHO with The Paul Winter Consort: Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the thundering Cathedral Pipe Organ. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts.

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.


Wednesday, December 22: Carnegie Hall Live (CHL 21-12) St. Olaf Christmas Festival

APM’s distribution of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.  Valerie Kahler, host

“Love Divine”

St. Olaf Orchestra conducted by Steven Amundsen, St. Olaf Choir conducted by Mark Stover, Cantorei conducted by James Bobb, Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Manitou Singers conducted by Therees Hibbard

Edward Elgar: Nimrod (Enigma Variations) – Orchestra (SA)

DIVINUM MYSTERIUM arr. Christopher Aspaas: In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Besançon Carol Tune, arr. Philip R. Dietterich, orch. James Bobb: Carol of the Advent - Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Cyril V. Taylor, arr. John Ferguson, adapt. Jeffrey O’Donnell: God is Love - Massed Choir & Orchestra with Katie Gunn, organ (SA)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Hallelujah (Christ on the Mount of Olives) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse Dévo (All-Night Vigil) – St. Olaf Choir (MS)

Michael Praetorious, arr. Archibald T. Davidson: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Viking Chorus (TW)

Ramón Diaz, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán: Llega la Navidad! – Cantorei with Megan Hoffhines, guiro & Sarah Uttormark, congas (JB)

Steven Amundson: Holy Child – Manitou Singers & Orchestra (TH)

Franz Gruber, arr. Stephen Paulus, orch. Matthew Culloton: Silent Night – Chapel Choir & Orchestra (TW)

Dave Brubeck: God’s Love Made Visible  - Massed Choirs &            Orchestra (JB)

[Reading – Pastors Matthew Marohl & Katherine Fick]

14th-cen. German, arr. Robert Scholz: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice - Massed Choirs & Orchestra (SA)

Rosephanye Powell: Christus Natus Est – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (TW)

African-American Spiritual, arr. Rollo Dilworth: Go, Tell It on the Mountain - Manitou Singers with Elsa Buck, piano (TH)

Richard Lloyd: Love Came Down at Christmas: Cantorei (JB)

Trad. English, arr. Marques L.A. Garrett: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Viking Chorus with Sophia Kushner, piano (TW)

Mitchell B. Southall: In Silent Night - St. Olaf Choir (MS)

Jester Hairston: Mary’s Little Boy Chile - St. Olaf Choir with vocalists Sophie Vogel, Cees Postema, Peter Hoffman; Kyle Dacon, piano; Grayson Broesh, bass; Eugene Sandel Jr, percussion (MS)

Jeffrey L. Ames: Gloria Fanfare – Chapel Choir & Orchestra w Oliver Steissberg, piano (TW)

John Rutter: Past Three A Clock - Massed Choirs & Orchestra (JB)

Steven Amundson: Angels’ Dance - St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

Carols for Choirs, arr. John Ferguson – All choirs, all conductors

Cameroon Trad: He Came Down That We May Have Love

F. Seguin: Love Has Come

English Traditional: On Christmas Night

Alberto Taulé: Toda la tierra

Peter Knudson: Jeg er så glad

Franz Gruber: Stille Nacht

Trad. French, arr. Robert Scholz: Angels We Have Heard on High - Massed Choirs, Orchestra & Audience (SA)


Thursday December 23: Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAP 21-12)

A Chanticleer Christmas

This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Welcome Christmas VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle

Anon., arr. Alice Parker: Resonet in Laudibus (Let voices sound with joy)    

Trad. arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw: Angels We Have Heard on High       

Carl Schalk: Before the Marvel of This Night; Michael Fink: What Sweeter Music                            

John Rutter: Carol of the Magi; When Music Sounds                                                             

Stephen Paulus: O Little Town of Bethlehem; Sing Hallelu; Wishes and Candles; Sing, Hevin Imperial         

Anon., arr. G. Phillip Shoultz: Creator of the Stars of Night                           

Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night; Mitchell Southall: In Silent Night                                                                   

Paul Manz: E’en So; Mark Sirett: Thou Shalt Know Him; Paul Lohman: What Child Behold


Sunday December 26: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 22-14)

A Soulful Christmas

A Soulful Christmas is an uplifting, relevant display of Black music in the classical, gospel, spiritual, and jazz-inspired style. This special celebrates the non-idiomatic Black classical music, while exploring non-idiomatic choral traditions. Guest details to be announced.


Fiesta! With Elbio Barilari (FST 21-40): Latin American Christmas Carols

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America is featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

Juan de Herrera y Chumacero: A la fuente de bienes (Camerata Renacentista de Caracas/Cristina Palacios)

José de Cascante: Vientecillo que altivo (Camerata Renacentista de Caracas/Isabel Palacios)

Gaspar Fernandes: Xicochi conetzintle/Xochipitzahuac & Tleycantimo choquiliya (Temembe & Hesperion XXI)

Manuel de Sumaya: Celebren, publiquen, entonen y canten (Chanticleer; Chanticleer Sinfonia/Joseph Jennings)

Manuel de Sumaya: Angélicas milicias (Chanticleer; Chanticleer Sinfonia/Joseph Jennings)

Esteban Salas: Vayan unas especies (Conjunto de Música Antigua Ars Longa; Teresa Paz and Joseph Cabré)