December 22, 2008
Celebrating the Season
Today we'll celebrate the start of winter after yesterday's solstice. It's also the first full day of Hannukah, and Christmas is just a few days away. We'll have lots of great programming in honor of this most festive season of the year, featuring great performances from all over the world.
"Dances from Terpsichore," from "Christmas Vespers"
Apollo's Fire with conductor Jeannette Sorrell
"Rhapsody on Hannukah"
The United States Marine Band with conductor Lieutenant Michelle Rakers
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia
Traditional (Arranged by Mark Summer)
"Channukah, O Channukah"
The Turtle Island String Quartet
MPR Studios, St. Paul, Minnesota
"Winter Solstice Carol"
The National Lutheran Choir and Bell of the Lakes Handbell Choir with conductor David Cherwien
Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
"Winter" from "The Seasons," Op. 8, No. 4
Violinist Cynthia Roberts with Apollo's Fire and harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 ("Christmas Concerto")
Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
The St. Olaf Orchestra and Choirs with conductor Sigrid Johnson
Skoglund Auditorium, Northfield, Minnesota
"Un Bel di Vedremo" from "Madama Butterfly"
Cynthia Miller, ondes martenot, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and conductor Neville Marriner
"For the Miracles"
The Dale Warland Singers with conductor Jerry Rubino
Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Andante con moto from "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano," Op. 83
Clarinetist Todd Palmer, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and pianist Stephen Prutsman
Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, Charleston, South Carolina
"Chrysanthemums" for String Quartet
Violinists Gary Levinson and Stefan Milenkovich, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and cellist Ani Aznavoorian
Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Beaver Creek, Colorado
The Spivey Hall Children's Choir with conductor Martha Shaw and pianist Judy Mason
Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
"Meditations on 'Saint Wenceslas'" for String Quartet
Violinists James Ehnes and Martin Beaver, violist Kirsten Johnson, and cellist Clive Greensmith
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
Selections from "The Snow Maiden," Op. 12
The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia with conductor Mark Gorenstein
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"
Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota