Evening Concert

Debussy’s “La Mer” then Holiday Specials! on this Week’s “Evening Concerts”


This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear  Debussy’s “La mer” from Milwaukee, then it’s Holiday programs like the “Christmas Revels Solstice”, Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration,  Jonathan Winter’s classic retelling of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” and Sunday. . . . the St. Olaf Christmas Special.  

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 19 – 20 – 21 – 22 – 23 & 25, 2016


Monday December 19: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (16-12)


*SOLOIST: Ingrid Fliter, piano

RAVEL: Suite of Five Pieces from Ma Mère l'Oye [Mother Goose]

*FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain for Piano and Orchestra

MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides Overture, Opus 26, "Fingal's Cave"



Tuesday December 20: Holiday Special (preempts Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 16-51)

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

            The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2016 is an all-new, two-hour compilation of musical excerpts, plus a few short poetry and prose readings, selected from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions that took place in December, 2015, in nine cities across the United States.


Wednesday December 21: Holiday Special (preempts Cleveland Orchestra (CO)

Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

            Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's 2014 encore 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 Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.       


Thursday December 22: Holiday Specials (preempt The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 17-13)

A Christmas Carol With Jonathan Winters and Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

               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.  
               The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.

Traditional English Carol, arr. Mack Wilberg: Christmas is Coming

Traditional French Carol, arr. Mack Wilberg: Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificant

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gloria patri

Arthur Honegger: And God Said: The Day Shall Dawn

Georges Bizet, choral adaptation, Mack Wilberg: Farandole

Three Dancing Carols

Traditional Flemish, arr. Ryan Murphy: The Shepherds

Traditional German, arr. Ryan Murphy: Ring, Bells

Traditional Danish, arr. Ryan Murphy: Bright and Glorious is the Sky

Traditional, arr. Ryan Murphy: Over the River and through the Wood

Gustav Holst, arr. Mack Wilberg: In the Bleak Midwinter

James Pierpont, arr. Mack Wilberg: Jingle Bells

Traditional Irish, arr. Mack Wilberg: The Wexford Carol

George Frederic Handel: Halleluja


Friday December 23: Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper (PP 16-52)

Sinfonia da Camera: Messiah and Mozart (12/5/15) + UI Oratorio Society
Ian Hobson, Piano, Music Director, and Conductor;  Ollie Watts Davis, soprano; Yichen Li, alto;
Scott Williamson, tenor; Ricardo Herrera, bass-baritone;

Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Handel: The Messiah (Mozart orchestration; Christmas portion with “Hallelujah Chorus”)


Sunday December 25: Holiday Program (preempts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 16-13) and The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (GIL 16-13)

The St. Olaf Christmas Special

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Steven Amundson: The Gift  – Orchestra (SA)

Carolyn Jennings: Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Alberto Taulé, arr. James E. Bobb: All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la Tierra) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Swedish Folk Tune, arr. John Ferguson: Prepare the Royal Highway – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

Felix Mendelssohn: And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth (from Elijah) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose – St. Olaf Choir (AA)

Paul Gibson: Noel, Noel, Noel – Viking Chorus with Julia Porter, English Horn (MS)

Southern Harmony, arr. John Ferguson: The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem – St. Olaf Cantorei

with Noah Livingston, flute

Kenneth Jennings: O Little Town of Bethlehem – Manitou Singers (TH)

Craig Courtney: Let There Be Light – Chapel Choir (MS)

Attr. John F. Wade, arr. John Ferguson: O Come, All Ye Faithful – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)

[Reading – Pastors Matthew Marohl & Katherine Fick]

Attr. John F. Wade, arr. John Ferguson: O Come, All Ye Faithful  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (JB)


[ID BREAK – Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis (excerpt) – Orchestra (SA)]


Donald Fraser: This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (TH)

Philip Biedenbender: In My Arms – Viking Chorus with Nathan Cleaveland, piano (MS)

Cary Ratcliff: Let Every Heart – St. Olaf Cantorei (JB)

Huron Carol, arr. Timothy C. Takach: “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Chapel Choir with Madeleine Folkerts, French Horn (MS)

Stephen Smith: If You Would Hear the Angels Sing – Manitou Singers & St. Olaf Strings (TH)

Kim André Arnesen: His Light In Us – St. Olaf Choir with Garrett Bond, piano (AA)

African American Spiritual, arr. André J. Thomas: Shout for Joy! – St Olaf Choir with Garrett Bond,

piano and Devon Steve, tambourine (AA)

Mack Willberg: Light Dawns on a Weary World – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (AA)

Georges Bizet: Farandole (from L’Arlesienne, Suite No. 2) – St. Olaf Orchestra (SA)

Various:  Carols from Scandinavia – All Choirs, Orchestra, all conductors

O Yule Full of Gladness (arr. Carolyn Jennings)

When Christmas Morn is Dawning (arr. Morton Luvaas)

Guiding Star Carol (arr. Olaf C. Christiansen)

Nu är det Jul igen (arr. Steven Amundson)

The Bells of Christmas (arr. Carolyn Jennings)

Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord (arr. Kenneth Jennings)

English Melody, arr. Steven Amundson: Joy to the World – Massed Choirs & Orchestra (SA)

Christoph E.F. Weyse, arr. F. Melius Christiansen: O Day Full of Grace – Massed Choir (MS)

[Narration – Pastor Katherine Fick]

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (Hodie) – Massed Choir & Orchestra (AA)

Rowland H. Prichard, arr. John Ferguson: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Massed Choir & Orchestra (SA)

[Narration – Pastor Matthew Marohl]

Egil Hovland: Stay With Us (Captive and Free)  – Massed Choir & Orchestra (MS)

Traditional Silesian, arr. F. Melius Christiansen:  Beautiful Savior – Massed Choir (AA)