Evening Concert

Concerts from New York and Chicago, then Holiday Specials on the “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”, then Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto” from Chicago, Jonathan Winters’ rendition of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, Paul Winter’s Annual Solstice Concert and Sunday. . . “In Italia” and “A Baroque Christmas from Public Radio International. 

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 18 – 19 – 20 – 21 & 24, 2017


Monday December 18: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” [TNYPTW] (NYP 18-12)

TNYPTW is now heard on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m.

HANDEL: Messiah.  Ton Koopman, conductor; Sunhae Im, soprano; Andreas Scholl, countertenor; Jörg Dürmüller, tenor; Detlef Roth, baritone; Westminster Symphonic Choir


Tuesday December 19: “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts” (CSO 17-51)

Charles Dutoit conducts Prokofiev

Stravinsky: Chant funébre

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 (Truls Mørk, cello)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, Op. 100

[CSO fill: Beethoven: Overture to King Stephen (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)]


Wednesday, December 20: Two Holiday Specials

Cleveland Orchestra Radio Network (COR) is pre-empted this week.

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.

Welcome Christmas

New for 2017, "Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest. 


Thursday December 21: A Holiday Special for Winter Solstice (Winter starts 10:28 am CT)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra-On Stage (MSO) is pre-empted this week.

New! Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the Heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Brooker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.


Sunday December 24: Two Holiday Specials

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 17) and

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (SFE 17) are pre-empted this week

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas From Venice, Naples, Milan And Beyond 2017
In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special holiday edition of Harmonia brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffurius, and southerly to the Naples of Diego Ortiz.

Baroque Christmas in the New World 2017
…..brings your listeners music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya — most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand.