Holiday Shows

Holiday Shows on WCNY-TV and Radio

Celebrate the holiday season with WCNY’s special TV programming!

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Classic Christmas (My Music)

Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many more.

Watch Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve is a made-for-television film showcasing a Christmas music performance by Trans Siberian Orchestra, starring Ossie Davis and Allie Sheridan. Guest performers included Michael Crawford and Jewel. Tune in to see how you can get tickets to a South Florida performance!

Watch Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon

Tenor Rolando Villazon joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a performance of seasonal favorites to celebrate the holidays.

Watch Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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The Great British Baking Show–Christmas Masterclass

Mary and Paul are back to bring a generous dollop of baking cheer to Christmas this year. Step by step they take us through stunning recipes that all the family can make during the festive season.

Watch Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

 

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A beloved annual holiday special brings to life the spirit of the season through music, dance and stories of Christmas.

Watch Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

 

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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Christmas songs of the twentieth century written by Jewish songwriters.

Watch Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

 

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Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Watch Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas — from carols to gift-giving, feasting and drinking — was just as popular 500 years ago, with some surprising Tudor twists.

Watch Dec. 18 at 10:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Christmas songs of the twentieth century written by Jewish songwriters.

Watch Dec. 20 at noon on WCNY-TV.

 

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Hope College Christmas Vespers 2019

Christmas carols and anthems is presented by the college’s Department of Music and features more than 200 performers in historic Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The services feature a variety of Hope instrumental and vocal groups as well as the college’s historic Skinner organ.

Watch Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Watch Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, you’ll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families…and even play in the snow.

Watch Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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The Great British Baking Show–Christmas Masterclass

Mary and Paul are back to bring a generous dollop of baking cheer to Christmas this year. Step by step they take us through stunning recipes that all the family can make during the festive season.

Watch Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

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Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring Kristin Chenoweth

Enjoy this musical spectacle serves as a soulful tribute to the holiday traditions, songs, stories and individuals that have contributed to the rich cultural fabric that is uniquely American.

Watch Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

 

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St. Olaf Christmas Festival: A New Song

The elite St. Olaf choir is considered a pioneer in America’s a capella choral tradition. And for one hundred years, this small Lutheran college in Minnesota has done a Christmas concert that has become known–and loved–around the world.

Watch Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

tv programming-20 Magic of Christmas in Alsace

Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. The Alsatian landscape is covered with medieval towns, castle ruins and vineyards that overflow with charm and history. And at Christmas, the townspeople go all out in decorating each of their towns to outdo the next in celebration of the season, and their Christmas markets are a truly magical take on this uniquely French celebration of Christmas.

Watch Dec. 22 at 11 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

tv programming-09 Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas — from carols to gift-giving, feasting and drinking — was just as popular 500 years ago, with some surprising Tudor twists.

Watch Dec. 27 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

 

We have several specials coming up throughout December on Classic FM.  We hope you enjoy these programs:

 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

An Encore Presentation of the Classically Jewish Chanukah Special, with host Adam Fine

The Festival of Lights brings warmth and joy to celebrations with family and friends. We’ll celebrate with great music, both old and new, including pieces by Samuel Adler, Michael Isaacson, Herbert Fromm, and the Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

 

Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.:
Chanukah for Kids and Families

Adam Fine hosts this new special of Chanukah music especially for children and families.  Gather together as a family and listen to these works especially selected for all ages.

 

Monday, Dec. 21 at 12 noon:

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The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2020

It’s the Winter Solstice, so we bring you a musical celebration of the Winter holidays–– Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany––featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

 

Christmas Specials:

Thursday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m.:

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

WCNY brings you the annual live broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, from King’s College, Cambridge.  The audience will share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal classical music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue.

 

 

Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25

6–10 a.m.—Christmas Morning Classic Choices Live, with Diane Jones

It’s an annual tradition on Classic FM!  Host Diane Jones brings you Christmas classic choices live on Christmas Morning.  Curl up with some coffee, tea, or a bit of hot cocoa, and listen to your favorite holiday music.  And you can share the experience with your loved ones – Classic FM is available across the globe, streamed from wcny.org or the TuneIn App.

 

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10 a.m.—A Baroque Noel with Pegasus Early Music

Celebrate the holiday season with 17th century flair with A Baroque Noel. Join Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra. The one-hour program, hosted by WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, features Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Acclaimed lutenist Paul O’Dette leads an ensemble of sought-after musicians from across the country in this grand Christmas mass that quotes many popular Christmas carols of the 1600s. The program is rounded out with virtuosic concertos for oboe and mandolin by Vivaldi, as well as French Christmas carols.

 

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11 a.m.—Sing We Now of Christmas with True Concord Voices and Orchestra

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents their holiday special, “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Independently produced by Classical Arizona PBS, the hour-long program features fresh arrangements of traditional favorites that your listeners will thank you for many times over this holiday season. The ensemble has recorded traditional Christmas favorites – timeless songs like “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Away in a Manger,” “How a Rose E’er Blooming” – and set them alongside new carols, including world premiere recordings of “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Fourteen Angels,” “One Gift” and more. And of course, no Christmas special would be complete without “Silent Night.” This version was arranged by Stephen Paulus.

 

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12 Noon—Horns and Harmonies: A Festive Concert at Hendricks Chapel

It’s a rebroadcast of the 2019 Syracuse University Brass Ensemble holiday concert.  With new content, and under the direction of Dr. James T. Spencer, the SU Brass Ensemble is joined by the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, under the direction of Kay Crawford. It’s a joyful concert to celebrate the holidays at Hendricks Chapel.

 

1 p.m. — The Complete Nutcracker Ballet

It’s another annual tradition on Christmas Day – the broadcast of the complete Nutcracker Ballet.  Host Diane Jones shares the music and story of this holiday classic.

 

3 p.m.—Winter Holidays Around the World with Bill McGlaughlin

You hear Bill McGlaughlin every weeknight on Exploring Music.  Today he shares a special program of music for the season.  Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Bill’s spirited selection starts in the 12th century with Nova Stella, medieval Italian Christmas music from Saint Francis of Assisi’s staging of the nativity; jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s classical composition La Fiesta de la Posada, evoking a Mexican Christmas celebration; and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We will enjoy this time of year in Paris with music from Debussy, and then travel to Polynesia for a traditional hymn, Anau Oia Ea. And then ending with an excerpt from Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production. Turn on your radio, pour a cup of tea, cozy up to a warm fire, and enjoy the music!

 

4 p.m.—600 Years of Christmases, with Wind & Rhythm

David Lawrence from Wind & Rhythm brings you “600 years of Christmas,” a program featuring Christmas carols throughout the ages from Greensleeves to modern Christmas songs.  It’s an hour of wind band music for your afternoon listening!

 

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5 p.m.—Christmas with Madrigalia

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2020, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season. Once again Madrigalia is joined by the Rochester Bach Children’s Choir for traditional carols accompanied by flute, violin and piano.

 

6 p.m. — Christmas at 33 1/3

Classic FM host Chris Cresswell shares some of his favorite music from his collection of classical LPs.  Take a trip down memory lane with Chris, for music that has been part of our holidays for a lifetime!