The Classical Marathon: Day 3 Saturday, December 5

emsThe Classical Marathon moves into top gear on Saturday morning with a weekend filled with your favorite marathon shows. Join Sandy Snyder for the Early Music Show Christmas Special from 6-9 am Saturday, for “music that will make you love Christmas music again”, including a special children’s story at 8:30 am.

Another perennial favorite, The English Anthem, comes your way at 9 am, when (newly-knighted) Sir Michael Latsko & and (recently ennobled) Lady Alison Wiley traverse the British landscape to present a splendid romp through the Western choral tradition, including choral gems by the brightest and best: Handel, Purcell, Wesley, Parry, Stanford, Walton, Britten, et al.

phillyFrom 12 noon until 3 pm, Tim Snider presents Those Magnificent Philadelphians.  During the 1950s and 1960s Eugene Ormandy and the great Philadelphia Orchestra recorded some the finest performances ever put on vinyl. Philadelphia is more than the Phillies and cheese steaks!  You’ll hear great performances by one of America’s greatest orchestras in this generous sampling of the Philadelphia’s finest recordings.

Andrew Morgan hosts the Afternoon Concert at 3 pm: three hours of the finest orchestral performances from the concert hall, by the greatest Classical and Romantic composers, performed by the great symphony orchestras of the world.

nutcrakcerAt 6 pm, Dorian Brown presents The Nutcracker, the annual seasonal favorite, and a wonderful musical treat for young people of all ages!  Dorian will air a complete performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky.

lullabyAfter the Nutcracker, it’s time to sing along as Brad Sayler presents The Lullaby of Broadway.  Listen in for an evening of your favorite songs from the golden era of Broadway musicals. Love songs, boastful songs, the big production numbers and the stirring solos from Broadway’s greatest composers and lyricists. We’ll sample Broadway cast recordings (new and old), movie soundtracks, and perhaps some of the singers of popular music who have made these songs a part of the Great American Songbook.

And finally, if you’re staying up late this weekend, Ralph Graves takes you through the wee hours with Classics Overnight. Enjoy music appropriate for late-night listening, with a generous sampling of seasonal classics as well.        

Want more information on the rest of the Marathon?

You can view the schedule with descriptions for each show here.

You can also download an overview of the schedule here.


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