Today on Radio Riel we present a festival of light orchestral pieces that stretch from Sir Arthur Sullivan to the late 20th Century. The programme includes some wonderful original seasonal offerings from the likes of Philip Lane, Alan Silvestri and
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(I’m Dreaming of a) Light Christmas

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 22 December, 2012

(I’m Dreaming of a) Light Christmas

Today on Radio Riel we present a festival of light orchestral pieces that stretch from Sir Arthur Sullivan to the late 20th Century.

The programme includes some wonderful original seasonal offerings from the likes of Philip Lane, Alan Silvestri and Leroy Anderson as well as arrangements (sometimes quite extravagant) of well-known seasonal themes. There are some familiar full-on classical Christmas items too.

xmasThen at 8am and 4pm Pacific (16:00 and 24:00 GMT) we present a gorgeous two-hour compilation of seasonal classical music assembled by John Whiting of KPFA (the audio genius behind The Black Mass). Learn more about it here. John says:

When I joined the staff of the UC Berkeley Music Library in 1958, I was asked to put together a selection of appropriate music for the University Library’s Christmas party. For a couple of delightful weeks I spent my spare time going through various record collections, including my own, and making a selection of Christmas music, ancient and modern, that avoided the usual war-horses. (Bing Crosby’s lugubrious rendition of Silent Night was conspicuous by its absence.) The tapes were played every subsequent Christmas.

 Four years later at KPFA I put them up as miscellany to fill the odd gaps in the broadcast schedule during the Christmas season. In 1966 I brought the masters with me to London, where, as sound technology evolved, I transferred them successively to compact cassette, then to minidisk, then to CD and ultimately into mp3.

The ZBS Radio Hour

And join us at 19:00 and 03:00 GMT — that’s 11am and 7pm Pacific — for the latest award-winning radio drama in the ZBS Radio Hour. We start with Part 1 of a new series: Midnight at the Casa Luna, starring Jack Flanders, and follow that up with the latest installment of our Steampunk satire, Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous.


Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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