Sounds of the Season on WCRB
From Messiah to The Nutcracker and so much more, make WCRB your home for holiday music this year.
WCRB’s three holiday streams are back! Dive in to continuous, uninterrupted cheer, whenever you please. Listen at the top of this page (click "all streams"), in our app, or through your smart speaker.
- Perfect Holiday Party Soundtrack - Traditional holiday favorites that keep your mood festive and warm. From "Winter Wonderland" to "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas" to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and everything in between. Press play. Party on!
- Ultimate Holiday Classical Mix - The best of your perfect pops holiday party mixed with classical Christmas. All of the traditional classics, plus carols from across centuries and around the globe. One ultimate stream.
- Heavenly Holiday Classics - From baroque to renaissance and beyond, classical music lovers, rejoice! This stream features choral and symphonic masterpieces, like Handel’s “Messiah,” Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” and more.
For festive cheer across genres - jazz, Celtic, and more - check out GBH Music.
On the radio
We're keeping things festive on the radio, too, sprinkling in seasonal celebration music written across the centuries, beginning after Thanksgiving. Make sure you don't miss these special broadcasts:
- Sundays at 6am: The Bach Hour – hear the entire Christmas Oratorio over the course of six weeks, from November 28 through January 2. See what's coming up, and listen to episodes on demand, here.
- Sunday December 19 at 7pm: Holiday Pops! WCRB’s Ron Della Chiesa takes you to Symphony Hall for Pops performances led by Keith Lockhart that reflect themes of joy and comfort through traditional carols, Pops classics, and a visit from a cheerful fellow with a white beard and a red suit!
- Thursday December 23, around 7pm: Ron Della Chiesa, the iconic voice of our Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, narrates "The Night before Christmas," with special guests from the Handel and Haydn Society.
- Friday December 24 at 8pm: Handel’s Messiah. Georg Solti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Kiri Te Kanawa, Keith Lewis, Gwynne Howell, and Anne Gjevang.
- Friday December 24, just before midnight: a special recording of beloved illustrator Jan Brett reading "The Night before Christmas," in a recording from this year's Holiday Pops concert.
- Saturday December 25 at 8pm: The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Christmas classics. Timeless music of the season comes to life in BSO performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Stravinsky’s take on Bach’s variations on an Advent hymn, both led by Seiji Ozawa, as well as a classic recording of the beautiful “Shepherd’s Farewell” from Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, led by Charles Munch.