Evening Concert

More Holiday Specials and Concerts on “The Evening Concert”


This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear “A Season’s Griot 2016” then Handel’s “Messiah” from Chicago, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major from Cleveland, “The New York Philharmonic This Week” and Sunday. . . . chamber music from Lincoln Center and “This is Cabaret: Anne Hampton Callaway and Friends”.  That’s “The Evening Concert” Monday through Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 on WILL, FM-90.9 and online at will.illinois.edu.

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 26 – 27 – 28 – 29 – 30, 2016 & JAN 1, 2017


Monday December 26: Holiday Specials (pre-empts Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

A Season’s Griot 2016 and An Afro-Blue Christmas

Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual nationally syndicated Kwanzaa special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program celebrates “Family & Celebration”.

Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.  The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions.


Tuesday December 27: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 16-52)

Labadie Conducts Messiah (Parts I, II and III)

Conductor: Bernard Labadie; Soloists: Lydia Teuscher, sop.; Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano; Jeremy Ovenden, ten.; Kyle Ketelsen, bass-bari; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe chorus director;

HANDEL: Messiah


Wednesday December 28: Cleveland Orchestra (CO 16-14)

Pierre Boulez, conductor         *Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

MESSIAEN: “L ’Ascension”                           *RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G           

*RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand   DEBUSSY: “Images:” “Iberia”


Thursday December 29: Holiday Specials (pre-empt The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 17-14)

Hanukkah Lights 2016 and Chanukkah in Story and Song            

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors include R.L. Maizes with more authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. 

(Chanukah starts at sundown on Saturday, December 24 and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1)


Friday December 30: Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper (PP 16-52):



Sunday January 1: HOLIDAY SPECIAL 10 AM – NOON: New Year’s Day in Vienna

New Year’s Day from Vienna:

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more….


Sunday January 1: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 16-14)

From Light to Dark

Wolf: Italian Serenade for String Quartet; Jupiter Quartet (UIUC Quartet-in-Residence)

Bloch: Three Nocturnes for Piano, Violin and Cello;

Alessio Bax, Piano; Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin; Jakob Koranyi, Cello

Chopin: Nocturne No. 13 in C minor for Piano, Op. 48, No. 1; Nocturne No. 19 in E minor for Piano, Op. 72, No. 1

Inon Barnatan, Piano

Chopin: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 65 Alisa Weilerstein, Cello; Inon Barnatan, Piano

and NEW SERIES: This is Cabaret: Anne Hampton Callaway and Friends (CAB 16-01)

Howard/Ballard: Fly Me to the Moon Steve Tyrell Live
Fields/Kern: The Way You Look Tonight Steve Tyrell Live
McHugh/Fields: The Sunny Side of The Street Steve Tyrell Live
Noble: The Very Thought of You Ann Hampton Callaway Steve Tyrell Live
King: This Guy’s In Love Steve Tyrell Live
Shearing: Lullaby of Birdland excerpt Live
Bacharach/David: I Say a Little Prayer Liz Callaway Steve Tyrell Live
Spector/Mann/Weil: You’ve Lost That Lovin’Feelin’ Steve Tyrell Ann Hampton Callaway Liz Callaway
Hampton Callaway: Improvisation
King/Leiber/Stoller: Stand By Me Ann Hampton Callaway, Steve Tyrell, Liz Callaway Live

Notes: Bob Mann, guitar; Michael Friese, piano; Jon Allen, keyboards; Dave Fink, bass Tim Horner, drums    Live from Birdland Jazz Club, NYC.