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The Christmas Special!

The Christmas Episode

It’s Christmas time and we are celebrating on the LSO radio show, The Joy of the Orchestra with the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior, in a big way.  To our wonderful listening audience, thank you for tuning in these past weeks!  Our wishes for everyone are comfort and joy as you listen to this special Christmas treat on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  This is the final episode for this calendar year and this series of episodes. The hour-long radio show for this week can be described as being in two distinct halves.

The First Half

The first half will air Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.  Visions from this wonderful ballet will most likely appear in your mind as you listen.  Although first performed way back in 1892, for many today, Christmas is not complete without this delightful music.  It captures all the emotions of the holiday while it captures your heart.  A timeless classic and a must-have for a “Classical Christmas.”

The Second Half

The second half is a “Festival of Carols.”  It consists of original works and arrangements by John Rutter, featuring The Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia.  The music heard in this episode is also conducted by John Rutter.  As you know, it is always a good sign when the composer conducts!  This music is guaranteed to reflect exactly what was intended, and the entire December 15th episode will be magical.  Merry Christmas everyone from the LSO!  Thank you for sharing in the Joy of the Orchestra.  We are looking forward to the New Year with new programming, so stay-tuned!

Let us know you are listening!

Some great things are in-the-works for after the holidays, but no official announcement has been made, so stay-tuned and let us know you are listening!  Here are some ways to keep in touch – “follow” our Facebook page (get your friends to follow it too), “comment” on, and “share” our Facebook posts, “like” us on Instagram, “subscribe” to our YouTube channel and click the notification bell.  One of the best ways to keep up-to-date is by checking our website.  Are you getting our weekly email?  If you would like to be included in our email correspondence, please send a quick email note to  We want to stay connected and let you know the latest news.

How to Participate

Listen with a radio or online Tuesdays at 7:30 PM.  The station is WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  On your radio, simply tune to that frequency 102.3 FM.  If you want to listen online (with your computer or smart device) this station can be accessed HERE, or via a handy button on the LaGrange Symphony’s website homepage (  This button is gold in color and says “LISTEN LIVE HERE”.  Read more about our 2020-2021 Season HERE.

About the Weekly Radio Show

The Joy of the Orchestra with the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior is a weekly radio show airing every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  Maestro Richard Prior gives insight into different music each week.  These featured works are from live performances by the LaGrange Symphony and by other notable Orchestras. This LSO radio show will run until Mid-December.

Posts about Previous Radio Show Episodes are listed below.

Week 11: All-American Episode

Week 10: An All-English Lineup

Week 9: Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart Thanksgiving Treat

Week 8: Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E minor

Week 7: Sounds of Drama – Star Wars, Star Trek, The Dambusters and more

Week 6: A Little (Election) Night Music – Mozart

Week 5: Sounds of Dance – Piazzolla, Ravel, Marquez, Copland

Week 4: Planets – Holst (Episode 2 re-aired)

Week 3: Women in Music – Boulanger, Mendelssohn, Price

Week 2: Planets – Holst

Week 1: Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven

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