The 2017 New Year's Concert takes place on Jan. 1, 2017, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Vienna Musikverein. Dudamel, who was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1981, becomes the youngest conductor in the 75-year history of the New Year's Concert.
Join us for the annual celebration and broadcast of 'A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' from King's College, Cambridge. This year includes a new, specially commissioned carol -- This Endernight -- by Michael Berkeley.
Artistic director Matthew Culloton of The Singers and host Scott Blankenship present an hour of holiday music for everybody. The program includes holiday favorites from The Singers' repertoire mixed together with music from the Great American Songbook as well.
Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday tradition for many: The music sets the scene and the tone for the season. When the music starts, you can close your eyes and allow visions of sugarplums and snowflakes, flowers and a fairyland to enter your imagination. Alison Young presents the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of 'The Nutcracker,' led by Simon Rattle. She also talks about its accompanying dance with Ballet Minnesota Artistic Director Andrew Rist.
Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer today, and his works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In this one-hour programs, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. New for 2015, two special guests: Christopher Kimball and Stephen Hough.
Cantus, one of the premier men's vocal ensembles, talk with host Alison Young about the holiday, about sitting down with those we love and celebrating all the blessings in our lives. We're calling this year's special presentation, 'A Time for Family'.