However you celebrate the holidays, Classical KUSC has you covered with musical selections to keep you company all season long. Below are some musical treats we’re planning this season.
KUSC’S SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Now Through Tuesday, December 25
Filling your home, car or office with carols and wintery music that’s merry and bright. We bring you the Sounds of the Season on Classical KUSC and KUSC.org, no matter how you celebrate with holiday favorites sprinkled in each hour throughout your day. Starting on Christmas Eve, tune in for 48 hours of wall-to-wall Christmas music.
Support for Classical KUSC’s Sounds of the Seasons comes from listeners like you and See’s Candies.
KUSC’S MY FAVORITE THINGS WEEK
Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7
Need a gift for the music lover in your life? Don’t miss KUSC’s My Favorite Things week. We’re sharing our favorite albums from 2018 with you by sampling music from them throughout the week of December 3rd. Music we love straight to you.
THE EVENING PROGRAM CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS
Wednesday, December 12 | 9 pm
The second airing of Handel’s Messiah featuring Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic.
Friday, December 21 | 9 pm
The third airing of Handel’s Messiah featuring Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony.
Monday, December 24 | 9 pm
For Christmas Eve (among other things) the new recording of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Tuesday, December 25 | 8 pm and 11 pm
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Stephen Layton and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge at 8pm and Vaughan Williams’s Hodie conducted by Richard Hickox at 11pm.
SOCAL SUNDAY NIGHT: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Sunday, December 9 | 7 pm
Carols and Cheer – Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today’s leading artists and ensembles.
Sunday, December 9 | 8 pm
Welcome Christmas! – New for 2018, “Welcome Christmas!” is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.
Sunday, December 16 | 7 pm
A Chanticleer Christmas – This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as “an orchestra of voices,” as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.
Sunday, December 16 | 8 pm
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 Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.
Sunday, December 23 | 7 pm
All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas – Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.
Sunday, December 23 | 8 pm
Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square – The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.
LIVE: A FESTIVAL OF 9 LESSONS AND CAROLS
Monday, December 24 | 7 am
A glorious KUSC tradition! We’re broadcasting live from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England the beloved 30-voice King’s College Choir in this storied annual service of music and Biblical readings. Michael Barone hosts.
KUSC’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH
Monday, December 31 | 7 pm
This 7-hour program is our yearly exercise in mirth, mayhem, hosted by Jim Svejda.
THE RECORD SHELF WITH JIM SVEJDA
Sunday, December 9 | 10 pm
Jim Svejda compares the best recordings of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Sunday, December 16 | 10 pm
Hallelujah, Take 1. Historic recordings of Handel’s Messiah.
Sunday, December 23 | 10 pm
A Golden Age Christmas. An hour of Christmas music with the great singers of the past.
Sunday, December 30 | 10 pm
The Alternative New Year’s Day Concert.Our answer to the celebrated gala concert from Vienna.