Make WCRB Your Home for the Holidays

Throughout December, make WCRB your home for festive cheer, in musical form!

Saturday, December 22

8-10pm: Enjoy a classic recording of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."

Sunday, December 23

6-7am: Gerhard Weinberger performs Bach's Canonic Variations on "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," and John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Cantata No. 132, for Advent, on The Bach Hour.

7-9pm: In Concert with the Boston Pops - Holiday Pops! It's that time of year again! Hear Keith Lockhart lead the Boston Pops in holiday favorites.

Monday, December 24

Throughout the day and into the night, join us for seasonal favorites, plus traditional carols from throughout the centuries and around the world.

7-10pm: In Concert with Boston Baroque - Handel's Messiah. Hear the perennial favorite with Boston Baroque led by Martin Pearlman.

Tuesday, December 25

Our festive blend of classical holiday favorites and new discoveries continues, with these highlights:

1-3pm: Handel's Messiah - hear Handel's masterpiece in a newly-remastered recording featuring Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

8-10:30pm: A special presentation of The Bach Hour - Bach's Christmas Oratorio, hosted by Brian McCreath.
See translations from Emmanuel Music for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6

Sunday, December 30

6-7am: Philippe Herreweghe conducts the brilliantly joyful Cantata No. 63, written for Christmas Day, on The Bach Hour.

Monday, December 31

7pm-midnight: Join Cathy Fuller and Tony Rudel to ring in the New Year with WCRB, with music by Wagner, Copland, Weill, Strauss, and more!

Previously on WCRB:

Saturday, December 1

7:30-10:30pm: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Bach's epic Christmas Oratorio, live from Symphony Hall.

Sunday, December 2

6-7am: Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Cantata No. 36, for Advent, on The Bach Hour.

Sunday, December 9

6-7am: Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Cantata No. 61, for Advent, on The Bach Hour.

7-9pm: In Concert with Rockport Music, presenting Cantus - the renowned vocal ensemble celebrates the holidays in "Three Tales of Christmas," with songs both timeless and new.

9pm-midnight: On WCRB's Voices, John Eliot Gardiner conducts a star-studded cast in Berlioz's powerful setting of the treachery beneath the surface of the Christmas story.

Monday, December 10

8:00-10:30pm: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Bach's epic Christmas Oratorio, in an encore broadcast from Symphony Hall.

Sunday, December 16

6-7am: Masaaki Suzuki leads Bach Collegium Japan in the Cantata No. 62, for Advent, on The Bach Hour.

7-10pm: In Concert with Boston Baroque - Handel's Messiah. Hear the perennial favorite with Boston Baroque led by Martin Pearlman.
Hear this performance on demand

Looking for continuous holiday music? Visit classical.org for three different 24-hour streams, filled with the most beautiful classical holiday music, produced by the WCRB team.