It's the most wonderful time of the year on KBACH! Beginning the evening of December 1, you'll gradually notice more and more seasonal music as we move through the month, until it's all Christmas, all day, December 24 and 25. Plus, you'll want to add these festive features to your calendar:
LIVE Broadcast: Handel's Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony & Chorus
December 18 (3PM)
KBACH and Classical Arizona PBS present a holiday classic. Gather the family around the radio or your smart speaker and enjoy this nearly 300-year-old choral masterpiece, LIVE from Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.
KBACH's Most Wanted Holiday Songs
December 24 (12PM)
What’s your favorite holiday song, and why? Click here to let us know! Voting closes December 18. Then listen as we count down the top 20, December 24 at noon. We might play your favorite and share your story!
Reel Music: Christmas at the Movies
December 24 (6PM)
The holidays wouldn't be the same without our favorite Christmas movies--A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Polar Express ... pour a mug of eggnog and enjoy Christmas at the movies!
Handel's Messiah Part I
December 25 (3AM and 7PM)
It's a KBACH tradition! We'll air the complete Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Relax after the festivities of the day and enjoy one of history's finest seasonal works.
A Sunday Baroque Christmas
December 25 (6 to 10AM)
Season your Christmas breakfast with some long ago holiday cheer, including many beloved carols dating back to the Baroque era and earlier. This special also includes Christmas concertos. Composed by Baroque era musicians for their towns’ Christmas Eve celebrations, these cheerful instrumentals evoke the symbols of the holiday.
A Wintry Mix
December 26 - 31
Gone will be the carols, but you'll still hear a dusting of seasonally appropriate pieces throughout the day, such as Emile Waldteufel's Skaters Waltz, Randall Thompson's Frostiana, and Josef Strauss' Winterlust Polka.
Auld Lang Syne
Throughout the last day of the year, we'll toss in various arrangements of that familiar New Year's song. The Royal Philharmonic and Chorus, Haydn Trio Eisenstadt with tenor Jamie MacDougall, and Yo-Yo Ma with Chris Botti--just some of the artists and ensembles you'll hear.
Reel Music: New Beginnings
December 31 (6PM)
As we embark on a new year, we’ll celebrate new beginnings with music for characters who made a fresh start. Hear themes from The Truman Show, My Fair Lady, Groundhog Day, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
KBACH's New Year's Eve Toast
December 31 (10PM - Midnight)
Ring in the New Year with a selection of waltzes, polkas, and other celebratory music, the perfect playlist for your festivities.
New Year's Day from Vienna 2023
January 1 (12PM)
It's the most listened to concert of the year, heard by classical music lovers in more than 90 countries. The Vienna Philharmonic plays a mix of waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family, as well as compositions from their contemporaries, for a festive start to the New Year.