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
Friday, November 24 – Monday, 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. Tune in starting at 11 AM on Christmas Eve for 36 hours of wall-to-wall Christmas music.
KUSC’S MY FAVORITE THINGS WEEK
Monday, December 4 – Sunday, December 10
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 with you by sampling music from them throughout the week of December 4th. Music we love straight to you. Check out the list.
THE EVENING PROGRAM CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS
Thursday, November 23 | 9 pm
Join your host Jim Svejda for an airing of an entire Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky.
Friday, December 1 | 9 pm
Jim Svejda airs the first of several recordings of Handel’s The Messiah.
Thursday, December 21 | 9 pm
Jim Svejda airs another hand-picked recording of Handel’s The Messiah.
KUSC SOCAL SUNDAY NIGHT: LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE
Sunday, December 3 | 7 pm
A holiday concert from the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Sunday, December 10 | 7 pm
Carols and more, performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
KUSC’S ANNUAL CHANUKKAH PROGRAM
Monday, December 11 | 7 pm
Hosted by Jim Svejda and featuring The Chanukkah Story with Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind. Also, Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY MUSIC
Sunday, December 17 | 7 pm
A Chanticleer Christmas. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble from San Francisco is known as “an orchestra of voices,” as they perform holiday classics and new favorites with your hosts Ray White and Jeffrey Freymann.
Sunday, December 17 | 8 pm
Hollywood Holiday. Host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most cherished Christmas-themed movies.
LIVE ON KUSC: A FESTIVAL OF 9 LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, 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
Sunday, December 31 | 7 pm
This 7-hour program is our yearly exercise in mirth, mayhem, and questionable taste, hosted by Jim Svejda.
THE RECORD SHELF WITH JIM SVEJDA
Sunday, December 3 | 10 pm
The Record Shelf Guide to Gift Recordings. Our annual public service for the befuddled holiday shopper.
Sunday, December 10 | 10 pm
Hallelujah, Take 1. A rebroadcast of a program devoted to historic recordings of Handel’s Messiah.
Sunday, December 17 | 10 pm
A Golden Age Christmas. An hour of Christmas music with the great singers of the past.
Sunday, January 7 | 10 pm
The Alternative New Year’s Day Concert. Our answer to the celebrated gala concert from Vienna.