Evening Concert

“Messiah”, “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol”, and much more on the week’s “Evening Concert”


This week on the “Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 you’ll hear Handel’s “Messiah” on “The New York Philharmonic This Week”, Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony” from Chicago, Act 3 of Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” from Cleveland, holiday specials “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol”, and “All is Bright” then Sunday, two more holiday specials.

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 17 –18 – 19 - 20 & 23, 2018


Monday December 17: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 19-12)

Annette Dasch, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Taylor, tenor;

Shenyang, bass‐baritone; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart; Helmuth Rilling, conductor and director

Handel: Messiah


Tuesday December 18: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast (CSO 18-51)

Emmanuel Krivine, Isabelle Faust, and Paul Jacobs

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23 (Isabelle Faust, violin)

Guillemain: Amusement pour le violon seul, Op. 18

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, “Organ” (Paul Jacobs, organ)

Bach: Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

[CSO fill: Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser (Daniel Barenboim, conductor)]


Wednesday December 19: Cleveland Orchestra (COR 18-12) (last in series)

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor Gerhard Siegel, tenor (Tristan); Nina Stemme, soprano (Isolde); Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano (Brangäne) – Cleveland Orchestra debut; Ain Anger, bass (King Marke); Alan Held, baritone (Kurwenal); Sean Michael Plumb, baritone (Melot); Matthew Plenk, tenor (Young Sailor/Shepherd); Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Wagner: Tristan and Isolde (opera in concert) (Act 3)


Thursday December 20: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra pre-empted for Holiday Specials

Holiday Special: 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.

Holiday Special: All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas

…an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music. Hosted by Lynne Warfel, this new special features Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.


Friday December 21: Prairie Performances pre-empted for Holiday Special

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

An all-new compilation of musical excerpts, short poetry and prose readings from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage production.  Performances consist of European and American traditions for Christmas, the Feast of St. Nicholas, St. Lucia’s Day, New Year’s and Twelfth Night. Catherine Lu hosts.


Sunday December 23: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center pre-empted for Holiday Special

Holiday Special: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents rich arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.


Spoleto Chamber Music Festival pre-empted for Holiday Special

Holiday Special: Welcome Christmas!

New for 2018, this perennial Christmas favorite features VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.