The Vivace Christmas Special

This Friday, we’ll broadcast the Vivace Christmas Show, a mixture of classical and Christmas music.

We start with the Czech Christmas Eve Mass by Jan Ryba, a perennial favorite, followed by some piano music by Beethoven.

We’ll devote the first part of the 7 o’clock hour to Suites 3 and 4 of The Many Moods of Christmas, the seminal 1963 work by Robert Russell Bennett. We have the 1983 recording by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.


After concertos by Albinoni and Vivaldi, we have the brand-new best-selling recording of Angels from the Realms of Glory by cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and The Piano Guys.

There’s more Christmas music in the 8 o’clock hour, culminating, as usual with selections from Messiah by Handel.

You’re most welcome to sing along, but above all, I hope you’ll join me here on WTJU-Charlottesville for Christmas Vivace, Friday morning, 6-9 am. And finally, let me wish you and all those you love a peaceful, joyful Christmas and a very happy new year.


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