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Saint Nicholas depicted in a 14th-century English 'Book of Hours' (ca. 1390).
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Music for St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day, celebrated on December 6th, commemorates the life of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop known for his generosity and kindness. The holiday is the traditional start of the Christmas season in many countries, including a few pockets of the United States. We'll commemorate St. Nicholas Day on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Edvard Grieg arr. M. Jense: Holberg Suite, Op. 40 Movement 5: Rigaudon
Signum Saxophone Quartet
Album: Debut
Ars Produktion

Edvard Grieg: Violin Sonata in C Minor No. 3, Op. 45
Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin | Wu Qian, piano
String Theory @HOME (virtual event), Online

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Jonathan Jager calling from Los Angeles, CA

Peter Aston: Deck the Hall
Judy Mason, piano | Spivey Hall Children's Choir | Martha Shaw, conductor
Spivey Hall, Spivey Hall, Morrow State University, Morrow, GA

Nathan Hofheins: Christmas Fanfare
Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra | Kory Katseanes, conductor
de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT

Traditional arr. Joey Hoelscher: Still, Still, Still
Brigham Young University Singers | Ronald Staheli, conductor
de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT

Hour 2

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
Anthony McGill, clarinet | Pacifica Quartet
Album: Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets
Cedille Records

Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicolas: His Piety and Marvellous Works
BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus | David Temple, conductor
Album: Saint Nicolas & A Ceremony of Carols

Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S.514 The Dance in the Village Inn
Adam Golka, piano
Tippet Rise, The Olivier Music Barn, Fishtail, MT

Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: Movements 1-3
Efe Baltacigil, cello | Anton Nel, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, The Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Traditional German, arr. Andreas Nikolai Tarkmann: O du frohliche, o du selige
WDR Radio Orchestra and WDR Radio Choir with live audience | Gordon Hamilton, conductor
Klaus von Bismarck Hall, WDR Broadcasting House, Cologne, Germany

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