From churches to concert halls, classical music and Christmas have long gone together. Here are some of 2019’s videos for the holidays from organizations and individuals in the world of classical music.
The Five Browns: Sleigh Ride
These Juilliard-trained siblings used five Steinway pianos for their own spin on Leroy Anderson’s wintery hit.
Atwood Quartet: The Winter Inside Christmas
Music City’s own Atwood Quartet is joined by singer-songwriter Robby Hecht for a video that they filmed at The Duck in Nashville.
JS Bach Foundation: Cantata BWV 147
This cantata is often performed for both the Christmas and Easter season. Best known for the final chorale – “Jesus bleibet meine Freude,” which translates to “Jesus, joy of man’s desiring.”
The Piano Guys: Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland
Apparently there are exactly 739,539 lights used for this Christmas video from The Cello Guys.
Royal Opera Theater: Sugar Plum Fairy pas des deux
Few works are so attached to the Christmas season at Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. And as Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling described in our Classically Speaking podcast episode “Love, Magic and a Mechanical Tree,” this scene more than any other teaches young Clara about what love truly is.
This may not fit our parameters of being from 2019, but with The Nutcracker being staged now worldwide, it’s understandable that these videos take time.
Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square: Unfold Ye Portals
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra are joined by historic Herald Trumpeters for this movement of The Redemption by Charles Gounod.
Evelyn Glennie: 12 Sounds of Christmas, Snowman and Santa
These clacking toys may not seem like much, but they are part of a larger body of sound videos for the season from percussionist Evelyn Glennie. For more from of Glennie’s collection advocating for active listening in the simplest of ways, viewers can search #teachtheworldtolisten.
Kennedy Center, Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts: Handel, Hamilton, and Holiday
The Kennedy Center has several full holiday concerts available for online viewing. This performance features a fun combination of classical music, musical theater, and holiday favorites.
91Classical continues to air holiday specials throughout the month of December.