Evening Concert

Music by Vaughan-Williams, Tchaikovsky, and many others on this week’s “Evening Concert” programs


This week on the “Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 you’ll hear Vaughan-Williams “Fantasia on Greensleeves” from New York, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony from Chicago, Saint-Saen’s “Egyptian” Piano Concerto from Milwaukee, then Thursday night holiday specials “Winter Holidays Around the World” and “Cozy Classics” plus Holiday specials Friday through Sunday night.

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DECEMBER 16 – 17 – 18 – 19 – 20 & 22, 2019


Monday December 16: The New York Philharmonic This Week (NYP 20-12)

NYP Jukebox—Winter Holiday

STRAUSS, II: Overture to Die Fledermaus from An Evening with Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye/Zubin Mehta, conductors

MOZART: German Dance in C, K. 605, “Sleigh Ride”. Leonard Bernstein, conductor

BERNARD: Winter Wonderland*

SUESSDORF: Moonlight in Vermont*

ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride* *Skitch Henderson, piano and conductor

GRIEG/SEIDL: No. 4, March of the Dwarfs from Lyric Suite. Leonard Bernstein, conductor

VIVALDI: Winter from The Four Seasons. Frank Huang, violin/leader

VAUGHAN‐WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Greensleeves. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

POULENC: Gloria in G Major, FP177. Judith Blegen, soprano; Westminster Choir, dir. Joseph Flummerfelt. Leonard Bernstein, conductor

PROKOFIEV: Lt. Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troika. Skitch Henderson, piano and conductor

PROKOFIEV: Three Selections from Winter Bonfire‐Children’s Suite, Op. 122: No. 2 Winter Holiday;

No. 4 Around the Bonfire; No. 8 Home Again; Skitch Henderson, piano/conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker. Alan Gilbert, conductor

MAHLER: Movement 1 from Symphony No. 4 in G Major. Lorin Maazel, conductor

OFFENBACH: Ballet of the Snowflakes from Le Voyage dans la lune. Bramwell Tovey, conductor

HUMPERDINCK: Children’s Prayer from Hänsel und Gretel. Andre Kostelanetz, conductor


Tuesday December 17: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast (CSO 19-51)

Michael Tilson Thomas and Nicola Benedetti
Stravinsky: Concerto in D for String Orchestra
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63 (Nicola Benedetti, violin)
Traditional/Limonov: Auld lang syne (encore) (Nicola Benedetti, violin)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)
Ives: IV. Thanksgiving and Forefathers' Day from New England Holidays Symphony (Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director)


Wednesday December 18: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO 19-12)

CONDUCTOR: Matthias Pintscher

Matthias Pintscher: toward Osiris

Debussy: La mer

Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 5 in F major for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 103, “Egyptian” (Javier Perianes, p.)

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54 [Symphony No. 4]

[MSO fill: Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Seaman (archive recording)]


Thursday December 19: Cleveland Orchestra (COR) pre-empted for 2 Holiday Specials

Winter Holidays Around the World with Bill McGlaughlin (from WFMT)

Menotti: Shepherd’s Dance from “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. NBC SO & Chorus, cond. by T. Schippers

Anon: Nova Stella: Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble.

Brubeck:  La Fiesta de la Posada. Dave Brubeck, p; Richard Lewis, bass. St. Paul Ch. Orch, cond. by D R Davies

Bela Bartok: Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz 57. Zoltan Kocsis, piano

Debussy: Noël des enfants: qui n’ont plus de maisons. Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Gonzola Soriano, piano

Polynesian Trad.: Anau Oia Ea. Tubuai Choir

Hector Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 (excerpts). Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Eliahu Inbal, cond.

Irving Berlin: White Christmas. Camarata Orchestra, Jascha Heifetz, violin


Hygge* Holiday: Cozy Classics (from APM)

(*HYEW-guh: Danish for a quality of coziness and contentment. ...)

It’s the season for reveling in wintry nostalgia and enjoying cozy indoor activities with family. Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy wintertime activities. No playlist available.


Friday December 20: Prairie Performances (PP 19-51) pre-empted for 2 Holiday Specials

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays (from WFMT)

Irving Berlin: Happy Holiday; Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters

Bernard Herrmann: Sleigh Ride; Tony Bremner, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra

Harry Warren/Mack Gordon: It Happened in Sun Valley; Jo Stafford, The Starlighters, Paul Weston O.

Carter Burwell: Fargo, North Dakota; Carter Burwell

Alfred Newman: Airport (Main Title); Charles Gerhardt, National Philharmonic Orchestra

Irving Berlin: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston Orchestra

Irving Berlin: Snow; Rosemary Clooney, Percy Faith & His Orchestra

Irving Berlin: White Christmas; Bing Crosby, Martha Mears

Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Judy Garland

Merry Christmas; Judy Garland

Alexandre Desplat: Moonshine; Orchestre De Balalaikas Saint-Georges

Maurice Jarre: Lara’s Theme; Paul Bateman, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

John Blackburn/Karl Suessdorf: Moonlight in Vermont; Jo Stafford, Paul Weston Orchestra

Vince Guaraldi: Skating; Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental); Vince Guaraldi Trio

Traditional: Auld Lang Syne (Jazz Piano Version); APM Music


Dee Alexander: Jazz at Christmastime - Recorded live at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase (from WFMT)
Dee Alexander, vocalist; Vijay Tellis-Nayak, p.; John McLean, gtr; Junius Paul, bass; Charles Rick Heath, drums

Miriam Makeba; arr. John McLean: Little Boy

Katherine Kennicott Davis/Harry Simeone/Henry Onorati; arr. John McLean: Little Drummer Boy

John Lennon/Yoko Ono; arr. John McLean War is Over (Merry Christmas);

George Harrison; arr. John McLean Here Comes the Sun

Christmas Medley (ad lib): Mel Torme/Robert Wells: The Christmas Song (excerpt); Lou Baxter/John Dudley Moore: Merry Christmas, Baby (excerpt); Don Redman: Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You (excerpt)

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein – My Favorite Things; arr. John McLean

Buck Ram/Kim Gannon/Walter Kent; arr. John McLean: I’ll Be Home for Christmas


Sunday December 22: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) pre-empted for a Holiday Special:

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of The Winter Solstice 2019 (from PRI)

Poem: Viking Invocation (Patrick Swanson), Matt Winberg, Noni Lewis, Sarah Morrisette, Christopher Kandra

Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker (My Heart Always Wanders) (Norwegian Traditional/Hans Adolph Brorson)

Den Signade Dag (The Blessed Day) (Swedish Medieval), Sunniva Brynnel, singer and accordion

The Brave Ship (Finnish Medieval/Susan Cooper)

I Denne Sote Juletid (In This Blessed Yuletide) (Norwegian Traditional/Hans Adolph Brorson)

Spurven Sidder Stum Bag Kvist (The Sparrow Sits Silently On The Bough) (Thorvald Aagaard/Jeppe Aakjaer)

Sankt Staffans Visa (Saint Stephen's Song) (Swedish Traditional), David Coffin and Sunniva Brynnel, singers

Puer Nobis (Unto Us A Child) (Finnish Medieval/Susan Cooper); Soggy's Slip Jig (Sean Og Graham)

The Wexford Carol (Irish Traditional); There's A Big Ship Sailing (English Traditional)

Miss Monaghan's Reel/The Liffey Banks (Irish Traditional);

Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil (That Night In Bethlehem) (Irish Traditional)

Pastime with Good Company (King Henry VIII), Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Tosse The Pot (Thomas Ravenscroft), Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

As I Sat on A Sunny Bank (English Traditional), Children of Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

The Contest of The Holly And The Ivy (Holly And His Merry Men) (English Medieval/John Fleagle)

Le Brandevin (The Brandywine) (Robert Amyot), Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

The Old Year Now Away Is Fled (English Traditional), Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro

Allemande I, from Danceries, Book 3 (Claude Gervaise), Washington, D.C., Revels; Piffaro

Riu, Riu, Chiu (Spanish Traditional), Fred Goff, singer

Taqsim Bayati Dziri Oraq (Improvised Prelude on a Traditional Arabic Melodic Mode), Rachid Halihal, voice and oud

Hazeremos Una Merenda (We're Having A Party)/Quita'l Tas (Bring Out The Plate) (Sephardic Jewish Traditional)

Poem: The Shortest Day (Susan Cooper), David Coffin, reciter

The Sussex Mummers' Carol (English Traditional)


Early Music Now (EMN) pre-empted for a Holiday Special:

Welcome Christmas 2019 (from APM)

VocalEssence/ Philip Brunelle, conductor

Daniel Kantor: Night of Silence

Bob Chilcott: The Heart-In-Waiting

Nico Muhly: The Faire Starre

Allan Bullard:  A Light for Today

Mark Shepperd: O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild

Rodrigo Cadet: Navidad Mexicana

Stephen Shewan: The Little Cradle Rocks Tonight        

Stephen Paulus: Sing, Hevin Imperial