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byu chamber orchestra live
Dec. 8 at 7:30pm
Tune in for a program of "Dances from Around the World." Kory Katseanes leads this spectacular concert by a top-echelon BYU ensemble. Music includes Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, a Hungarian Dance by Brahms, Pavane by Faure, Estancia by Ginastera, and others.

advent voices
12/4 8pm; 12/19 5pm
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It’s waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Tune in for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

an anonymous 4 christmas
12/4 4pm; 12/25 8pm
For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.

an art song christmas
12/24 9pm
Music is one of the elements that define Christmas, and the “art song” is one of the least-known aspects of Christmas music. This program offers an opportunity to experience the journey to Bethlehem, the lonely shepherd’s hills, the warmth and comfort of the stable, and the deserts traversed by the camels of the Three Kings – all in the art of song.

BYU Celebration of Christmas
12/17 3pm; 12/24 12pm
Join us for this concert recorded live in BYU's De Jong Concert Hall earlier this month. Performances by the BYU Philharmonic, Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus.

candles burning brightly
12/26 8pm
A Celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities…and plenty of music.

A Chanticleer Christmas
12/23 8pm; 12/25 10am
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas. An elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval sacred works, and jazzy spirituals

The Christmas Story in Words and Music
12/18 7am
Scriptures from the New Testament, combined with Christmas music

The Christmas Chronicles
On demand listening
A true and complete history of Santa Claus. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay.

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Christmas Devotional
12/4 6pm; 12/18 12:30pm
Christmas messages from General Authorities and Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Christmastime in New York
12/24 at 10pm
The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity.

Christmas with the King’s Singers
12/22 5pm; 12/24 11am
It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
12/21 5pm; 12/24 3pm
Join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, for inspiring music for the season.

Classical 89 High School Choir Competition
Dec. 12-16
Classical 89 has invited 4 high school choirs to compete for a chance to perform on our live performance series “Highway 89.” Each choir has recorded a Christmas song in our studios, and the winners will be selected by an audience vote combined with the scores of an independent panel of judges. December 12-16 we’ll schedule one choir’s song each day at 8:06am, 12:06pm, and 4:06pm. And on December 16, we’ll announce the winner and broadcast their selection again at those same times. To listen to each choir's selection on-demand, and to vote for your favorite, please visit our Facebook page beginning December 12.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
12/24 8am; 12/25 4pm
The legendary music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. Since 1928, this service of Biblical readings with choral and organ selections has been broadcast live by the BBC. It is now a treasured worldwide Christmas Eve tradition.

Handel’s Messiah
12/11 at 4pm
In the summer of 1741 Handel was at the peak of his musical prowess, but depressed and in debt. He began setting Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto to music at his usual breakneck speed. In just 24 days, Messiah was complete. Right up to the day of the premiere, Messiah was troubled by production difficulties and last-minute rearrangements of the score. Despite these difficulties, the oratorio soon became a favorite of audiences, with a popularity that lasts to this day.

Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
12/31 at 4pm
Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family!

Leroy Anderson Christmas
12/18 11am; 12/24 12pm
Classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson. Co-hosted and produced by the composer's son Kurt. You’ll also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

The Nutcracker
12/4 at 1pm
The complete ballet about Clara's magical journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Rose Ensemble: Christmas in Baroque Malta
12/18 2pm; 12/25 6pm
Imagine the splendor of the great Baroque churches of Venice and Rome, resounding with choral music as opulent and ornate as the buildings themselves. Now imagine that same music lost forever in Italy but miraculously preserved for centuries on the Island of Malta. The Rose Ensemble takes us on a fascinating journey to celebrate these musical treasures in a seasonal program featuring lush harmonies, prophetic poetry, a tender lullaby, and shepherds’ songs bursting with exaltation. Joined by a band of period instruments the voices of The Rose Ensemble invite us to spend Christmas in Malta, and welcome the season with Baroque majesty and joy!

An Operavore Christmas
12/24 at 8pm
Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

Salt Lake Children’s Choir at Christmas
Dec 5-9: 10am and 4:06pm
Join Classical 89 for selections from the choir’s 2013 Christmas concert in the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Favorite carols, music from many lands, newer compositions, and lesser-known gems.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
12/18 at 4pm
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity.

Welcome Christmas
12/17 2pm; 12/25 8am
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.