Program Guide 12-25-2017


December 25

Merry Christmas!

1734 beginning of the premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig; the work is in six parts, each part being intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period; it’s often presented as a whole or split into two equal parts; at the premiere it was performed one part per day on six days beginning Christmas Day 1734 and ending January 6, 1735.

1863 premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns's Christmas Oratorio in Paris.        

1870 first performance of Richard Wagner's A Siegfried Idyll, a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra composed as a birthday present to his wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869.

1923 Louis Lane – American conductor (d.2016); was apprentice conductor to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1947, became assistant conductor 1955-1960, associate conductor 1960-1970 and resident conductor 1970-1973; a comment made by George Szell to Lane in 1957 about the eccentric pianist Glenn Gould became quite famous: “That nut’s a genius”.

1964 Ian Bostridge – English tenor (53 years old); accomplished in art song as well as in opera.

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November 27, 2017

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00:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Christmas Music All Night

Otto Nicolai: Christmas Overture (1833)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio Op 12 (1858)

Victor Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony (1947)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Christmas Cantata "Hodie" (1954)

Michael Praetorius (arr Paul McCreesh): Christmas Mass (1620)

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in g Op 6/8 'Christmas' (1713)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Part 1 BWV 248 (1734)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noëls for Instruments H 534 (c.1700)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D K 334 (1779)

Johann Melchior Molter: Concerto Pastorale in G (1740)

Various: Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers--Apollo's Singers; Apollo's Fire/Jeannette Sorrell


07:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - My Christmas with Jacqueline Gerber

Sinatra/Sanicola/Stanford: Mistletoe and Holly—Frank Sinatra 

J. Marks: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer--Dean Martin 

H. Martin/TRO, Inc: Christmastime All Over the World--Sammy Davis, Jr 

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr Eaken Piano Trio): Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves--Eaken Piano Trio

S. Cahn/J. Styne: The Christmas Waltz—Frank Sinatra 

H. Martin: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas--Judy Garland 

Guaraldi: Christmastime is Here--Paul Ferguson Big Band 

Irving Berlin: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm--Mills Brothers

Tormé & Wells: The Christmas Song-- Mel Tormé 

Tormé & Wells (arr G. Puerling): The Christmas Song--Manhattan Transfer & Tony Bennett 

J. Carlton/J. Boothe: Jingle Bell Rock--Bobby Helms

L Anderson: Sleigh Ride--Eaken Piano Trio

L. Anderson & M. Parrish: Sleigh Ride--Andrews Sisters 

Lennon/McCartney (vocal arr Johnny Mandel): Goodnight--Manhattan Transfer 


08:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  My Christmas with Bill O’Connell

Michael Praetorius: Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming 

Redner: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Traditional: For Christ is Born 

Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light 

Holst: Christmas Day—Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Richard P. Condie

Vaughan Williams: Hodie: The Oxen—John Shirley-Quirk, baritone; London Symphony/Sir David Willcocks

Brahms: Ave Maria 

Praetorius: Psallite 

Traditional (arr George): Christmas is Here Again—San Francisco Symphony Chorus/Vance George; John Fenstermaker, organ 

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria—Chanticleer 

Charles Ives: A Christmas Carol—Chanticleer 

Mantovani: Christmas Bells

Traditional: Deck the Halls 

Hairston: Mary’s Boy Child 

Gauntlett: Once in Royal David’s City 

Traditional: While Shepherds Watched 

Traditional: The Holly and the Ivy—Mike Sammes Chorus & Singers; Mantovani & his Orchestra 


09:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  St. Olaf Christmas Festival - 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. Host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.


11:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Peter Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Act 1 excerpts (1892)

Peter Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Act 2 Op 71 (1892)


12:00pm WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - My Christmas with Jenny Northern

Isaac Watts: Joy to the World -- Julie Andrews, Firestone Orchestra and Chorus/André Previn 

John Rutter:  What Sweeter Music -- The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia 

Vince Guaraldi:  Christmas Time is Here -- Vince Guaraldi Trio and Glenn Mendelson’s Sixth Grade Class 

G.F. Handel:  Messiah (selections) -- Apollo’s Fire, Apollo’s Singers, Amanda Forsyth

Morten Lauridsen:  O magnum mysterium - - Voces8

Leroy Anderson:  Sleigh Ride -- Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 

Thad Jones and Alec Wilder:  A Child Is Born -- Maureen McGovern 

Ned Rorem: While All Things Were In Quiet Silence - - The New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman 

Bach/Gounod:  Ave Maria -- Arturo Delmoni and Friends 

Traditional arr: Overton:  Past Three O’clock -- James Galway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers 

John Henry Hopkins arr: Ian Anderson:  We Five Kings -- Jethro Tull 

Maria Schneider/Ted Kooser: Perfectly Still This Solstice Morning -- Dawn Upshaw, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Maria Schneider 

Adolph Adam (arr Stevan Pasero): O Holy Night -- Stevan Pasero, Michael Ludwig, Brad White,  Anna Maria Mendietta

Hugh Martin: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- Mel Tormé 

Leslie Bricusse:  Sing a Christmas Carol 


13:00 SPECIAL: Messiah – The Cleveland Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Porco, conductor; Mary Wilson, soprano; Anthony Roth Costanza, counter tenor; Alek Shrader, tenor; John Relya, bass-baritone – recorded in Severance Hall, 2010

George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1741)



Patric Standford: A Christmas Carol Symphony (1978)


15:30 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with the Conrad Family

Meredith Willson: It’s Beginning to look Like Christmas – Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell

The Night Before Christmas – Read by the Conrad Family Grandchildren

Percy Faith (arr Warrington):  Brazilian Sleigh Bells - Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell

Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival - Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell

Newell H. Long: The Night Before Christmas  - Robert Conrad, narrator; Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell


16:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Bethlehem Bach Festival: Magnificat - Johann Sebastian Bach’s great setting of ‘My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord’ from the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the oldest American Bach Choir, founded in 1898

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D BWV 243 (1723)

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D RV 589 (1708)


17:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: My Christmas with Mark Satola

Anon: Nowell, Owt of Your Slepe —Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen

Howells: Three Carol-Anthems—Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer 

Burt: A Christmas Greeting—Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Boston Pops/John Williams 

Anon: The Midnight Cry—Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen 

Anon: Sunny Bank—Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen 

Anon: Greensleeves (with improvisation)—Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen

Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverley (version for full orchestra)—BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox 

Vaughan Williams: Narration & Song: The Oxen from Hodie—Elizabeth Gale, mezzo; Robert Tear, tenor; Stephen Roberts, baritone; Choristers of St. Paul Cathedral; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Richard Hickox

Reading: Make We Mere As We May—Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen 

Anon: Gloucestershire Wassail—Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen


18:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Vaughan Williams: Hodie - Richard Hickox leads the Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in the splendid Christmas cantata of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Christmas Cantata "Hodie" (1954)



Johann Christian Bach: Carattaco: Overture (1767)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D K 334 (1779)


20:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - My Christmas with John Simna

Giovanni Gabrieli : Sonata pian' e forte-- National Brass Ensemble 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No.191 ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’--Bethlehem Bach Festival Orch/Greg Funfgeld; Julia Doyle, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Johann Christoph Pez: Concerto Pastorale in F major--Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy 

John Rutter: Five Meditations for Orchestra--John Rutter, Royal Philharmonic (Decca 1821)


21:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  St. Olaf Christmas Festival – A repeat airing of this service in song and word that 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. Host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.



Ludwig Bonvin: Christmas Night's Dream Op 10 (1900)

Antonín Dvorák: Nocturne for Strings in B Op 40 (1875)

Arthur Foote: A Night Piece for Flute & Strings (1918)

Erik Satie (arr Claude Debussy): Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3 (1896)

Jean Roger-Ducasse: Interlude from "Au jardin de Marguerite" (1909)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Pastoral Symphony (1734)

Leopold Stokowski: Two Ancient Liturgical Melodies (1934)

Peter Tchaikovsky: The Crown of Roses (1883)



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