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Playlist: WFMT Radio Network Holiday Specials

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The holidays are a magical time of food, family, and most importantly, time off of work! Enjoy this selection of quality holiday programming from the WFMT Radio Network!

Giving Thanks to Music - 2018 Edition

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

In the 2018 edition of Giving Thanks to Music, host Nadia Sirota, creator of the Peabody Award-winning Meet the Composer podcast, invites several musical artists, many of whom you and your audiences hear through their recordings each day, to choose a piece of music that illustrates the profound value that classical music has had for them in their lives.

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Few things mark a momentous time in your life, or recall a deep-seated emotion that stirs you to your core the way music does.  It can stop you in your tracks, underscore a memorable day or change your life in unexpected ways.

In the 2018 edition of Giving Thanks to Music, host Nadia Sirota, creator of the Peabody Award-winning Meet the Composer podcast, invites several musical artists, many of whom you and your audiences hear through their recordings each day, to choose a piece of music that illustrates the profound value that classical music has had for them in their lives.

As these outstanding people from the worlds of conducting, composing and performance reveal their experiences, they and we give thanks for the music that has enriched their and our world.

Guests in the 2018 edition include:

       James Ehnes, violinist and Grammy and JUNO award-winner for his 2006 recording of the Barber, Korngold and Walton concertos

       Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox, recently part of the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview of the League of American Orchestras

       Grammy award-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas, who recently founded the University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition and has taught throughout her career at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals.

       Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor Grant Park Music Festival

This program reveals how classical music has inspired some of the most celebrated artists composing for and gracing our finest stages today.

 

About the Host, Nadia Sirota

 

Violist  Nadia  Sirota’s  varied  career  spans  solo  performances,  chamber  music,  curation,  and  broadcasting.  In  all  branches  of  her  artistic  life  she  aims  to  open  classical  music  up  to  a  broader  audience.  Nadia’s  singular  sound  and  expressive  execution  have  served  as  muse  to  dozens  of  composers,  including  Nico  Muhly,Bryce  Dessner,  Missy  Mazzoli,  Daníel  Bjarnason,  Judd  Greenstein, Marcos  Balter,  and  David  Lang.  Nadia  won  a  2015  Peabody  Award,  broadcasting’s  highest  honor,  for  her  podcast  Meet  the  Composer,  “the  world’s  best  contemporary  classical  music  podcast”  (Pitchfork),which  deftly  profiles  some  of  the  most  interesting  musical  thinkers  living  today.

For  the  2018-19  season,  Nadia  teams  up  with  the  New  York  Philharmonic  as  their  first-ever  Creative  Partner,  a  position  created  for  her.  In  this  role,  she  will  host  nine  contemporary  music  concerts  over  two  new  series: Nightcap  and  Sound  ON, the  latter  of  which  she  will  also  curate. As  a  soloist,  Nadia  has  appeared  with  acclaimed  orchestras  around  the  world,  including  the  Detroit  Symphony,  the  Colorado  Symphony,  the  National  Arts  Centre  Orchestra,  the  Spanish  National  Orchestra,  and  the  Orchestre  National  d’Île-de-France.  To  date,  she  has  released  four  albums  of  commissioned  music,  most  recently,  Tessellatum,  Donnacha  Dennehy’s  groundbreaking  work  for  viola  and  microtonal  viola  da  gamba  consort, featuring  Liam  Byrne. Nadia  has  also  lent  her  sound  to  recording  and  concert  projects  by  such  artists  as  The  National,Arcade  Fire,  and  Grizzly  Bear. Nadia is  a  member  of  the  acclaimed  chamber  sextet  yMusic.  Their  virtuosic  execution  and  unique  configuration  have  attracted  high  profile  collaborators  including  Ben  Folds,  Son  Lux,  Anohni,  and  The  Staves,  and  inspired  an  expanding  repertoire  of  original  works  by  prominent  composers  including  Andrew  Norman,  Caroline  Shaw,  and  Chris  Thile.  This  Spring  and  Summer,  yMusic  is  proud  to  join  legendary  artist  Paul  Simon  on  stages  around  the  world  for  his  “Homeward  Bound”  Farewell  Tour. 

Nadia  has  received  the  ASCAP  Deems  Taylor  Award  for  her  work  in  radio,  and  Southern  Methodist  University’s  Meadows  Prize,  awarded  to  pioneering  artists  and  scholars  with  an  emerging  international  profile.  She  sits  on  the  board  of  directors  of  Chamber  Music  America,  the  national  service  organization  for  ensemble  music  professionals.  Nadia  received  her  undergraduate  and  Master’s  degrees  from  the  Juilliard  School,  where  she  studied  with  Heidi  Castleman,  Misha  Amory,  and  Hsin-Yun  Huang.

“If  the  ancient  and  unassuming  viola  is  having  a  renaissance  in  contemporary  music,  it’s  thanks  largely  to  Nadia  Sirota,who  specializes  in,  well,  anything  a  composer  can  throw  at  her.” (New  York  Magazine)

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A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel.

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A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

Chicago a cappella

An ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993 by Jonathan Miller, Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings as well as live and broadcast-media musical content, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.

With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its Chicago-based series. On tour, the group has appeared in 13 American states and in Mexico.  The ensemble has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through broadcasts distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally-syndicated Performance Today.   The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works.

From its inception, Chicago a cappella has been a champion of living composers. Since 1993 the group has presented more than 100 works in their world, national, or local premiere. Chicago a cappella has commissioned new music from composers including Joseph Jennings, Chen Yi, Stacy Garrop, Rollo Dilworth, Tania León, and Ezequiel Viñao.

Chicago a cappella is also active in educational and community engagement.  The ensemble produces an annual Youth Choral Festival for young singers from the Chicago area, and leads an innovative High School Internship program, a multi-faceted immersion for selected students in the worlds of performance and arts administration.

Jonathan Miller, Host and Chicago a cappella Founder and Artistic Director

Known for innovative programming of choral concerts, Jonathan Miller has guided Chicago a cappella through more than 300 performances and nine commercial CD releases since he founded the ensemble in 1993. He is the recipient of the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. When Jonathan was a teenage bass in the Chicago Children’s Choir, he was bitten hard by the choral bug. He was fortunate to be exposed to a wide range of repertoire by a remarkable group of mentors, including Christopher Moore, Lena McLin, Max Janowski, Howard Mayer Brown, Richard Proulx, John Nygro, and Anne Heider. Eager to learn research tools for choral music, Jonathan earned his doctorate in historical musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. After returning to the Chicago area, Jonathan led the choir at Unity Temple in Oak Park for nine years and began composing new music for that ensemble. Jonathan has taken a leadership role in Jewish choral music, composing, arranging, narrating programs on stage and on radio, and leading workshops at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and elsewhere. A champion and publisher of the music of the late Max Janowski, Jonathan conducted the culminating concert of the Janowski Centenary at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation; he also was the recipient of the 2013 Perelmuter Award at KAMII and was Scholar in Residence at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park, Illinois, in November 2014. Jonathan is honored to serve as high-holiday cantor for Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park. He has written more than 75 choral works in a variety of genres and languages; his music has been sung at venues including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon; his mashup Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus is a minor hit; and his series of Wacky Christmas Carols continues to mix words and tunes in new combinations. He also serves as Director of Choral Catalog at Musicnotes.com. Jonathan is married, has an adult daughter and two step-grandsons, and dotes on his English Cocker Spaniels, Higgins and Moseley.

Winter Holidays Around the World with Bill McGlaughlin

From The WFMT Radio Network | 59:00

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 perhaps 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!

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Winter Holidays Around the World with Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music

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 Posadaevoking 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 perhaps 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!

Host William “Bill” McGlaughlin took his first piano lessons at 14, "stumbling into a wonderful thing. I thought:  I’ll be a musician, even if I had no idea what that decision meant.”  Soon enough McGlaughlin’s idea would inspire many paths to realize his ambitions: educator, performer, conductor, and composer. He would perform as a trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony; associate conductor with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; then music director of orchestras in Eugene, Tucson, San Francisco, and lastly Kansas City, and as a guest conductor throughout America. McGlaughlin debuted his first composition in 1997 and since then has written over 20 works for orchestras and chamber groups. While with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, McGlaughlin began broadcasting “St. Paul Sunday,” which received a Peabody Award, leading to engagements with the U.S. Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC).  A significant grant from the National Endowment for the Arts helped create Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin in 2004; the program is heard in over 200 markets throughout the U.S. and internationally, and its archive encompasses over 1,200 hours of remarkably diverse programming and insights into music. Bill lives in New York with his longtime partner, jazz singer Karrin Allyson.

 

Program to include:

 

Anon:                                     
Nova Stella:
A Medieval Italian Christmas   

Dave Brubeck:                       
La Fiesta de la Posada  
Dave Brubeck, piano; Richard Lewis, bass
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

Claude Debussy:                    
Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Gonzola Soriano, piano

John Tavener:                        
The Lamb
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Polynesian Trad.:                   
Anau Oia Ea
Tubuai Choir

Gian Carlo Menotti:            
Shepherd’s Dance from Amahl and the Night Visitors
NBC Symphony Orch. & Chorus, conducted by Thomas Schippers

R. Vaughan Williams:            
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox

Holiday Jazz with Dee Alexander

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Coming to you from the WFMT Radio Network - a new one-hour special, Holiday Jazz with Dee Alexander! With support from emcee and Chicago radio luminary Richard Steele and longtime collaborators pianist Miguel de la Cerna, bassist Junius Paul and drummer Yussef Ernie Adams, the beloved Chicago vocalist and WFMT Radio Network Jazz Network host Dee Alexander entertains and enchants with songs and reminiscences of holidays past.

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Coming to you from the WFMT Radio Network - a new one-hour special, Holiday Jazz with Dee Alexander! With support from emcee and Chicago radio luminary Richard Steele and longtime collaborators pianist Miguel de la Cerna, bassist Junius Paul and drummer Yussef Ernie Adams, the beloved Chicago vocalist and WFMT Radio Network Jazz Network host Dee Alexander entertains and enchants with songs and reminiscences of holidays past.

The performance includes favorites “White Christmas,” “Coventry Carol”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and show-stopping renditions of spirituals inspired by Chicago gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Don’t miss Chicago’s first lady of jazz song serving up the winter holiday season in style.