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Holiday Programming 2022

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Sunday, Nov. 20

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Thanksgiving Special
Sacred music for Thanksgiving

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Thursday, Nov. 24

Noon-2pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks sounds the way Thanksgiving feels: inviting, warm, and festive. No clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it’s a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of the spirit of the holiday. Whether you're in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or sitting down to the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

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Sunday, Nov. 27

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Advent Special
Sacred music for the season of Advent

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Sunday, Dec. 4

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Advent Special
Sacred music for the season of Advent

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8am-noon on Classical HQR 92.7
Sunday Baroque Holiday Special
Baroque music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas

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4-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
The Third Floor Classical Christmas
We’ll be hearing from lots of choirs this week, ensembles such as The Monteverdi Choir, the Elora Festival Singers, NY Polyphony, the Choir of King's College Cambridge, and more.

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Sunday, Dec. 11

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Advent Special
Sacred music for the season of Advent

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8am-noon on Classical HQR 92.7
Sunday Baroque Holiday Special
Baroque music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas

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4-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
The Third Floor Classical Christmas
Christmas favorites from around the world and across the centuries, with particular emphasis on the holiday choral tradition.

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Monday, Dec. 12

8-10pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Salmagundi Holiday Special I
Pat Marriott's regular Monday evening potpourri selections from locally produced holiday concerts

Salmagundi holiday

Sunday, Dec. 18

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Advent Special
Sacred music for the season of Advent

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8am-noon on Classical HQR 92.7
Sunday Baroque Holiday Special
Baroque music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas

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4-6pm on Classical HQR 92.7
The Third Floor A Classical Christmas Continues
More great sacred and secular Christmas music in the classical tradition on The Third Floor with great choirs and ensembles from around the world.

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6-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Candles Burning Brightly
A delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Festival of Lights! Lots of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus a hilarious lesson on how to prepare a classic Chanukah dish, and a timeless and touching holiday story that brings light into every home.

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Monday, Dec. 19

8-10pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Salmagundi Holiday Special I I
Pat Marriott's regular Monday evening potpourri features Rheinberger's "Star of Bethlehem," Schütz's "Christmas Story," and Poulenc's "Gloria."

Salmagundi holiday

Thursday, Dec. 22

2-3pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Classical Guitar Alive
This week’s edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features music for Christmas, from traditional Christmas carols to contemporary works. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Otmar Macha’s “Christmas Concertino,” and more.

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Friday, Dec. 23

5-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Baroque Brass and Choral Holiday Concert
WHQR, Chicago's WFMT Radio Network, and Music of the Baroque wish you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer the Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by celebrated WFMT host Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

Brass Baroque

Saturday, Dec. 24

9-10am on Classical HQR 92.7
Welcome Christmas
There’s no better way to welcome Christmas than Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert conducted by Philip Brunelle. It’s an hour of joyful, classic holiday music from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, singing traditional carols and new discoveries.

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10am-noon on Classical HQR 92.7
Listen Live! A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Holiday perennial "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" allows WHQR listeners to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Festival of nine lessons

Saturday, Dec. 25

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice Christmas Special
Sacred music for Christmas Day

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8am-noon on Classical HQR 92.7
Sunday Baroque Christmas Special
Baroque music for Christmas day

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Noon-2pm on Classical HQR 92.7
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.

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2-3pm on Classical HQR 92.7
All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas
All Is Bright is an hour of contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism. This program uses sacred choral music grouped in a way to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

All is Bright

3-4pm on Classical HQR 92.7
A Chanticleer Christmas
This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation, and their Christmas program is a perennial favorite on WHQR. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Chanticleer Christmas

4-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
The Third Floor- A Classical Christmas Finale
Heavenly choirs, lush instrumentals, and warm voices from around the world and across the centuries for your Christmas Day.

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8-10pm on Classical HQR 92.7
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Holiday perennial "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" allows WHQR listeners to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Festival of nine lessons

Monday, Dec. 26

6-7pm on Classical HQR 92.7
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.

Chicago a Cappella

8-10pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Salmagundi Holiday Special III
Pat Marriott's regular Monday evening potpourri features Rick Sowash's "Christmas Rondo" and - as Pat's annual Christmas gift to WHQR listeners - Pablo Casals' joyful Christmas tale of rural Catalonia, "El Pesebre" (The Manger).

Salmagundi holiday

2-3pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Classical Guitar Alive- Winter Music
This week’s edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features music about Winter, and more, including works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, and the young Polish guitarist-composer Marek Pasieczny’s piece for guitar and clarinet, titled “Winter’s Tale.”

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Sunday, Jan. 1

7-8am on Classical HQR 92.7
With Heart and Voice New Year Special
Sacred music for the Octave of Christmas

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8-11am on Classical HQR 92.7
Sunday Baroque New Year Special
Suzanne Bona recaps the best recordings of 2022.

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11-1pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Listen Live! New Year's Day Concert in Vienna
A WHQR and Vienna Philharmonic tradition, the Philharmonic presents a New Year's Day program of the lively and nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the family of Johann Strauss and their contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audience in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also - through live transmission - throughout the world.

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8-10pm on Classical HQR 92.7
Salmagundi New Year Special
Pat Marriott's regular Monday evening potpourri features Leonard Bernstein's multi-national 1989 Berlin Wall performance of Beethoven's Ninth

Salmagundi holiday

Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.