A Bartels’ Classical Christmas Children’s Special

Editor’s Note: Dennis Bartel and his children celebrate Christmas with music from around the world. Here is DJ’s background on the program.

Starting my third time around with KUSC, 2007, I produced an annual Christmastime radio program for kids with music and informative Christmas lore from many countries. In this Christmas Special, 2009, we travel from America to the British Isles, from Poland to the Czech Republic, playing native Christmas music from those lands and others – Sweden, Spain, Germany, from the past (Purcell, Bach, Handel) to the recent (Kasimir Serocky), from the antique (Charles Ives) to the present (Judith Bingham), from yesterday (Peter Maxwell Davies) to the timeless traditional. It’s an hour of music and fun for kids, and featuring kids, ours. I don’t recall Erin making an appearance on these programs. She typically showed up on the radio late at night, for other kinds of holiday fare. We hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas. Dennis

Part One – 30:24


Part Two – 28:20


Classical Dogs – 53:51

Based on DJB’s study of dogs owned or known by or included in the work of the Great Composers, featuring music by Elgar, Gershwin, Janacek, Faure and others. To read Dennis’ original study click here: Classical Dogs (PDF will open in a new browser tab).


A Child’s Easter in Sound

Part One – 30:53

DJB & his four children summon up the sounds of Easter.


Part Two – 28:05