During the weeks leading up to December 25th, Classical WETA will present Christmas-inspired classical music as well as the best classical arrangements of Christmas carols. We'll feature world and nationally renowned choral ensembles and dozens of instrumental and orchestral ensembles in beautiful arrangements of Christmas favorites.
In addition to the festive music throughout the daily playlist, we will also present a number of broadcast specials with musical celebrations from around the world. Tune in to Classical WETA with your friends and family throughout the holiday season for the best in classical holiday music!
Beginning December 15
Immediately following the annual "Beethoven Birthday Bash" (Dec 14th), Classical WETA turns its focus to presenting classical music-inspired renditions of Christmas favorites, around the clock. Join us for "holiday music the way it was meant to be," culminating in special programming on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.See playlist →
Monday, December 24 at 5pm
Held in the candlelit chapel of King's College in Cambridge, this annual service marks the beginning of Christmas for many people around the world. This year’s broadcast will be the last service for Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel Music Director, who has conducted the chapel choir since 1982. Cleobury will retire from his King’s College post at the end of the 2019 school term.Learn more →
A special Christmas Eve broadcast of Front Row Washington features an arrangement of Tchiakovsky's The Nutcracker for piano solo, performed by Stewart Goodyear at the Phillips Collection.Learn more →
Tuesday, December 25 at 9pm
Close out your Christmas Day with the complete Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach — all six cantatas, written for the major feast days of the Christmas season.See playlist →
Tuesday, January 1 at 8pm
It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. In this annual special, hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Christian Thielemann conducts.Learn more on Vienna Philharmonic website →