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FM Odyssey: Christmas EVE Day 10-1 PM EST

There will be NO traditional Christmas music! Instead, thought provoking songs to paint visual landscapes of the holiday season that will make you feel it more then all the Christmas songs you've ever heard in your life! The true spirit of the season done right! Dedicated to Zero Migliore

WFIT Holiday Specials

Dec 18, 2017

Spend the Holidays with WFIT 89.5 FM with some seasonal favorites.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is nothing like The Messiah at all. He wrote six sequential cantatas to be performed as part of the services on six specific days between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany in January. We're a little bit ahead of Bach's calendar as we try to match his schedule to a weekly radio program. We'll have Part III of the oratorio this Thursday as we present the complete work with period instrumentation over this holiday season, along with French noels, Romanian carols, and lots more.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is nothing like Handel's Messiah. Handel wrote a concert piece, intended for stage performance. Bach, on the other hand, composed a work in six sections, to be used in church services over six specific days from Christmas to the Feast of the Epiphany in January. It'll take a few weeks, but we'll hear the complete oratorio on Mozart's Attic from this Thursday night through early January -- and of course there will be plenty of other music for the season as the holidays approach.

Each year at this time, we devote an entire program to a performance of G.F. Handel's Messiah. This Thursday night we'll have the reading by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields of the 1743 London score. This was the oratorio as Handel himself conducted it after a Dublin premiere of the previous year.