Holiday Specials Monday through Thursday, then back to our regular programs on the “Evening Concert”

December 23, 2018

This week on the “Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 you’ll hear the “St. Olaf Christmas Festival”, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”, “A Season’s Griot”, “Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs”, Vaughan Williams’ “Flos campi” from Milwaukee then Sunday, chamber music from Lincoln Center and the Dock Street Theater. 

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 24 –25 – 26 – 27 & 30, 2018


Monday December 24: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” (19-13) pre-empted for Holiday Special

Holiday Special: St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity, and features more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. [Playlist available on Dec. 24 and beyond at]


Tuesday December 25: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast (18-52) pre-empted for Holiday Special

Holiday Special: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Michael Barone hosts this live service of spoken word and music (choral and organ) 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. [Playlist available on Dec. 25 and beyond at]


Wednesday December 26: Cleveland Orchestra (COR 18-13) pre-empted for Holiday Special

Holiday Special: A Season’s Griot

This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 23 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. [No Playlist available]

Holiday Special: Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

One of the great holiday traditions in America, 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 encore presentation 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. [No playlist available]


Thursday December 27: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO 18-12)

The program differs from the one in Patterns Magazine per MSO.

Music-Director Designate (since Nov. 2018) Conductor: Ken-David Masur (41-yr-old son of Kurt Masur)

Augusta Read Thomas: Radiant Circles

Copland: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, with Harp and Piano (Todd Levy, clarinet)

Vaughan Williams: Flos campi (“Flower of the Field”) (Robert Levine, viola) (Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Cheryl Frazes Hill, chorus director

Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé


Sunday December 30: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 18-13)

The Romantics

Dvorak: Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100  Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Wu Han, piano

Schumann: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 44

Orion Weiss, piano, Sean Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello


Spoleto Chamber Music Festival (SCM 18-13)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonia in B-flat Major, Wq 182/2.  Geoff Nuttall, Owen Dalby, Livia Sohn, and Benjamin Beilman, violin; Lesley Robertson and Daniel Phillips, viola; Christopher Costanza and Joshua Roman, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

Roy Orbison: “Crying”.  Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Geoff Nuttall, Owen Dalby, Livia Sohn, and Benjamin Beilman, violin; Lesley Robertson and Daniel Phillips, violas; Christopher Costanza and Joshua Roman, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81.  Pedja Muzijevic, piano; St. Lawrence String Quartet

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