(Illustration: CPR/Becky Clark)

There seems an extra potent power in music this time of year. Holiday music brings memories, connection to others and a mindfulness of what's important.

This season in particular, may the music you hear on CPR Classical help bring you an extra measure of peace and unity.

Listen for many of our annual traditions -- and the choirs, choirs, choirs! Hear favorite holiday stories from CPR staff and the annual favorite Carol Countdown. Ludwig shows up for his big Beethoven Birthday Bash, and to ring in the New Year.

From all of us here at CPR Classical, we hope you listen and enjoy!



Date Time Program 
Thu, Nov. 24 5 p.m. Giving Thanks with John Birge For Thanksgiving, a classical celebration of the spirit of gratitude. Repeats Nov. 25 at 10 a.m., Nov. 26 at noon and Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. 
Thu, Nov. 24 6 a.m.

An All-American Thanksgiving Music by American composers featured throughout the day.

Fri, Nov. 25 6 a.m. A Classical Colorado Christmas begins Hear your favorite holiday music on CPR Classical throughout the day this holiday season. 
Fri, Nov. 25 6 a.m. Carol Countdown voting begins Cast your vote by Dec. 6 to help us determine Colorado's favorite holiday music. 
Mon, Nov. 28 - Fri, Dec. 2  9 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. A Colorado Choral Christmas David Rutherford hosts a five-day look at Colorado choral ensembles' holiday performances. Includes music from Kantorei, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Canto Deo, Ars Nova Singers and more. Repeats Dec. 19-23 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 2 9 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale An encore of the group's 2015 holiday concert. It's the finale of our week-long Colorado Choral Christmas. Repeats Dec. 23 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
Sat, Dec. 3 3 p.m. Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' A complete performance of the beloved ballet. Repeats Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 4 6 and 8 a.m. Bach's Christmas Oratorio Hosted by David Rutherford as part of a special Sacred Classics broadcast. Featuring insights from Colorado Bach scholar James Kim.
Mon, Dec. 5 7 p.m. Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir A 1-hour special. Repeats Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 6 7 p.m. Welcome Christmas! A celebration of the season featuring the group VocalEssence. 
Wed, Dec. 7 7 p.m. Advent Voices An hour of music inspired by Advent. 
Thu, Dec. 8 8 p.m. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" A look at Menotti's moving one-act opera, and a full performance.
Sat, Dec. 10 3 p.m. Carol Countdown Three hours of Colorado's favorite holiday music, as selected by CPR Classical listeners. Repeats Dec. 13 at 9 a.m., Dec.18 at noon and Dec. 25 at noon. Or catch it on CPR News Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 11 7 p.m. L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) The 90-minute oratorio tells of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt after Christ's birth. Orchestra, choir and soloists retell Hector Berlioz's grand account of the biblical story.
Wed, Dec. 14 7 p.m. Colorado Spotlight: Richard Toensing  A look at a sacred Christmas work by a beloved Colorado composer. Repeats Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 15 7 p.m. Colorado Symphony Holiday Brass Concert A broadcast of a very special seasonal performance from 2015. Repeats Dec. 20 at 4 p.m., Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 3 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 16 6 a.m. Beethoven Birthday Bash A daylong celebration of one of the greatest composers, featuring Beethoven's music every hour.
Sun, Dec. 18 5 p.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival A two-hour holiday choral concert that's part of a 100-year tradition.  
Wed, Dec. 21 6 p.m. Welcome Christmas! A one-hour special hosted by John Birge.
Wed, Dec. 21 8 p.m. A Chanticleer Christmas A one-hour choral celebration of the season featuring the talented choir from San Francisco. Repeats Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. 
Sat, Dec. 24 8 a.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols A live, two-hour Christmas program from King's College in Cambridge, England.
Sat, Dec. 24 4 p.m. "Eight Nights of Chanukah" begins The sounds and stories of Channukah, presented in five-minute vignettes. New installments daily through Dec. 31 at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 24 6 p.m. A Candlelight Christmas Enjoy 30 continuous hours of holiday music on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Sun, Dec. 25 9 a.m. Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale A two-hour broadcast of the group's 2016 holiday concert.
Tue, Dec. 27 8 p.m. Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party Hear favorite Chanukah recordings and the story of the Jewish festival of lights, hosted by the famous violinist. Repeats Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. 
Sat, Dec. 31 6 p.m. Beethoven Bash Ring in the new year with all nine Beethoven symphonies, including the "Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 at midnight.
Sun, Jan. 1 7 a.m. Bach's Mass in B Minor Start the New Year with a special full performance on Sacred Classics.
Sun, Jan 1 9 a.m. New Year's Day Live from Vienna Ring in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic.