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Music Notes: Merry Christmas from WBFO

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Our Lady of Victory Basilica

Don't miss WBFO's holiday music offerings this week!By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – Celebrate the Holidays with a number of holiday specials on WBFO. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Once again this Christmas, WBFO is proud to spotlight the talents of local musicians, starting tomorrow afternoon (Tue?12/24) at two with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society. Marcia Giambrone conducts a 100-voice choir in Lackawanna's Our Lady of Victory Basilica, accompanied by John Mitten Junior. This highlight is one of Robert Shaw's Many Moods of Christmas, a set of several carols he arranged with Robert Russell Bennett.

A brass ensemble will join the Buffalo Choral Arts Society for "Sing We Now of Christmas" and "The Yorkshire Wassail." Don't miss this concert tomorrow afternoon at two on WBFO.

Saint Paul's Cathedral was filled again last night for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Last week on Music Notes, Saint Paul's Organist and Choirmaster Dale Adelmann explained how the service incorporates scripture readings with hymns and carols telling the Christmas story. This Catalonian Carol followed the Sixth Lesson about Christ's birth.

You might also remember hearing about how Saint Paul's Girl's Choir had a bigger role this year. Alternating from the back gallery with the Choir of Men and Boys up front. How did that turn out? Well in order to find out, you'll have to tune in tomorrow night (12/24) at six or Christmas Day at two. But let me say, the sound was spectacular in the Cathedral.

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas will round out both of the afternoon broadcasts once again, with some of the lighter sounds of Christmas, including this Holiday Overture by Kenneth Soper.

Catch highlights of William Weikert and the Legion Band tomorrow (12/24) a little after two. Before we bring you the full concert on Christmas Day around 3:30. So to sum all of this up, remember to tune in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at two in the afternoon, and on Christmas Eve at 6?p.m. Or better yet, just leave your radio set on WBFO all the time and you'll have nothing to forget.

I'm Bill Raffel. Best Wishes for a festive holiday!