KCET Presents Series of Festive Holiday Concerts on Christmas Eve

Chapman University’s Annual Holiday Wassail Concert Airs for the Third Consecutive Year on KCET

Burbank, Calif. – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, will present a series of festive holiday concerts for viewers to enjoy this month.

The KCET holiday music programs will begin on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

AROUND THE WORLD: THE CRANE CANDLELIGHT CONCERT 2013

1 p.m.

The Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra present a special holiday concert.  Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY’S CANDLES & CAROLS 2013

2 p.m.

Anderson University’s annual Candles & Carols spotlights the talents of AU’s Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, the Men’s Choir, the Women’s Chorus, the Wind Ensemble, the String Quartet and the Dance Ensemble. On a festively dressed stage, the musicians perform orchestral pieces by Tchaikovsky and Corelli, popular holiday arrangements and familiar carols.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH: A UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY TRADITION

3 p.m.

The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists, create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. This amazing event was recorded inside the spectacular Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 2 p.m.

HOLIDAY HANDBELLS: THE RALEIGH RINGERS

4 p.m.

The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, NC. The performance includes song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas score and other sounds of the season.

51ST ANNUAL CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY WASSAIL CONCERT

8 p.m.

The production is performed by more than 150 Chapman University singers and musicians from the University’s Women’s Choir, University Choir, University Singers and The Chapman Orchestra. Selections will be conducted by Stephen Coker, Angel Vázquez-Ramos and Daniel Alfred Wachs.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS

10 p.m.

In celebration of his 2013 album release, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert. The salon style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season and features a 10 song set list from his album, “Musical Gifts,” including holiday standards, such as:  “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn’s “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, and a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York.  This program will repeat on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of the KCETLink Media Group.