Here's a glance at all the holiday programming this season on Colorado Public Radio's classical music service:

 

 Thursday, December 16, 7pm: Colorado Spotlight
Celebrate Beethoven’s birthday with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, conductor laureate.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (10/9-10/10)

Friday, December 17, 7pm: Colorado Spotlight 
Christmas in the Colorado Public Radio Performance Studio
Recorded in the Colorado Public Radio Performance studio, this show brings together some of the top performing groups in the Denver area for a program of seasonal favorites.  This Colorado Spotlight show features the Ars Nova Singers, harpist Emily Levin and the St. Martin's Chamber Choir. Don't miss this intimate show you can't hear anywhere else.

Saturday, December 18, 5 to 7pm : Colorado Children's Chorale 2010 Concert
Caroling, caroling through the snow, Christmas bells are ringing! It's the biggest caroling party in town!  Colorado Public Radio continues its annual tradition of broadcasting the Colorado Children's Chorale holiday concert. Recorded just two weeks prior at Boettcher Concert Hall, this programming special is sure to warm your heart.

Saturday, December 18, 7pm: Echoes of Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
For more than 30 years, The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country, acclaimed as America's premier choir. The ensemble's signature holiday concert was the annual Echoes of Christmas program, beloved by public radio listeners nationwide. Drawing upon the group's archive of live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special musical treat: a collection of the best and most moving choral classics celebrating Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 7 to 10am: Classical Carol Countdown
On this special edition of Sacred Classics we survey the many beloved Christmas carols in classical music. Colorado Public Radio listeners vote for their favorite Christmas carols, and host David Rutherford plays them.  Send us an email to vote for your favorites, and tune in to see which is voted #1.

Sunday, December 19, 10am to Noon:  Music of the Baroque Christmas Special
A two-hour guided tour through Christmas music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Johann Vierdanck, William Byrd, Giovanni Gabrieli, Jacob Handl, Samuel Scheidt and Hildegard von Bingen.  Many of the pieces in this programming special are related to the Christmas narrative and shed light on different facets of the tale.  Others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe of the season can last the entire year.  Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn’t the only one in this program.  Different nationalities, perspectives and styles are reconciled through the power of music, and glorious harmony is clearly the result.

Sunday, December 19, 1pm: The Nutcracker, Act II
In 1954 New York City ballet master George Balanchine staged the then little-known Nutcracker for the ballet company's holiday performance. The rest is history.  It just wouldn't be Christmas without The Nutcracker.  Christmas Eve at Noon we'll hear the whole thing start to finish!
  
Sunday, December 19, 9pm: Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat
In 1723 Johann Sebastian Bach was appointed to the prestigious position of Cantor for St. Thomas's Lutheran Church in Leipzig as well as Director of Music for the principal churches in town.  This was a post he held until he died in 1750.  For his first Christmas in his new role in this new town, he wrote this Magnificat.

Monday, December 20, 7pm: A Chanticleer Christmas
America's finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional and best-loved Christmas songs from Gregorian chant to gospel. The San Francisco-based chorus is recognized worldwide for its brilliant technique and musicality.

Monday, December 20, 8pm: "Three Days of Glorias"
Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria

Tuesday, December 21, 7pm: "Welcome Christmas" with VocalEssence
This lively musical program is a perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America’s premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.

Tuesday, December 21, 8pm: "Three Days of Glorias"
John Rutter's Gloria and Richard Toensing's Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ

Wednesday, December 22, 7pm: Echoes of Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
For more than 30 years, The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country, acclaimed as America's premier choir. The ensemble's signature holiday concert was the annual Echoes of Christmas program, beloved by public radio listeners nationwide. Drawing upon the group's archive of live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special musical treat: a collection of the best and most moving choral classics celebrating Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 8pm: "Three Days of Glorias"
Francis Poulenc's Gloria

Thursday, December 23, 7pm: Leroy Anderson Christmas Special
This one hour program contains classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson.  Hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, the program features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s music with Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra.  Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

Thursday, December 23, 8pm: Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”

Friday, December 24, 8 to 10am: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Broadcast live from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England, the 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.  A Colorado Public Radio tradition!

Friday, December 24, noon:  The Nutcracker
Clara, the Prince, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy provide the perfect accompaniment to the day before Christmas.  The Nutcracker in its entirety!

Friday, December 24 , 1:30 to 4pm: Christmas Favorites!
Uninterrupted Christmas favorites from Colorado Public Radio’s vast music library.

Friday, December 24, 4 to 6pm:  St. Olaf Christmas Festival
This two-hour service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations.  The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Friday, December 24-, 6pm to midnight:  Candlelight Christmas Eve
Colorado Public Radio celebrates Christmas Eve with the quieter, more sacred side of Christmas music. It's nearly twelve hours of intimate choral and orchestral music that capture the sacredness of Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 25, midnight: Charpentier's Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass)
 
Saturday, December 25, 12:30am through the overnight: Candlelight Christmas Eve 
Intimate choral and orchestral music that capture the sacredness of Christmas Eve.

Saturday , December 25: Happy Christmas!
Colorado Public Radio Classical celebrates the joy of the season with the best in Christmas music from our extensive library combined with recordings of Colorado performing groups.

Saturday, December 25, noon - 3pm: Classical Carol Countdown
On this special edition of Sacred Classics we survey the many beloved Christmas carols in classical music. Colorado Public Radio listeners vote for their favorite Christmas carols, and host David Rutherford plays them.  Send us an email to vote for your favorites, and tune in to see which is voted #1.

Saturday, December 25, 8pm: Handel's Messiah
Recorded earlier this month at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City, the New York Philharmonic delivers a stunning rendition of Handel's Messiah.

Friday, December 31, 6pm: New Year's Eve Beethoven Bash
We count down to the New Year with all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, culminating with the Ode to Joy at midnight!  Charley Samson hosts this annual tradition featuring orchestras across the world and here at home in Colorado!

Saturday, January 1, 4-6pm: New Year's Day from Vienna
Join us on New Year's Day 2010, for a sparkling celebration, live from the Golden Hall at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual New Year’s Day from Vienna, including your favorite waltzes and polkas, and so much more. New Year's Day from Vienna 2010 is presented by NPR and WGBH Boston