2018 Holiday Special Programming

Sunday, December 1st

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Candles Burning Brightly 5 PM – 6 PM

A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities ... and plenty of music.

Friday, December 21st

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RSO Holiday Pops 2 PM – 4 PM

It's Southwest Virginia's largest holiday concert celebration and an unbeatable experience! This year, David Stewart Wiley conducts Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect - high energy, familiar carols, lots of holiday warmth and a surprise or two!  Featuring Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Chorus, Blacksburg Master Chorale and the Roanoke Valley Children's Choir. 

Roots Down Holiday Special 10 PM- 12 AM

Luke Church features all holiday music.  New and classic songs from John Prince, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. McPherson, Tracy Chapman, plus some surprises along the way.  

 

Saturday, December 22nd

Roots Down Holiday Special 10 PM- 12 AM (repeat)

Luke Church features all holiday music.  New and classic songs from John Prince, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. McPherson, Tracy Chapman, plus some surprises along the way.

Sunday, December 23rd   

Studio B Holiday Music 2 PM – 4 PM

A celebration of the season on Studio B Sunday December 23 with holiday music from Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Becky Buller, Rhonda Vincent, Ralph Stanley, Seldom Scene, and plenty of good bluegrass cheer.

Last Quarter Holiday Special 8 PM – 12AM

Four hours of jazz Christmas and holiday music yule never forget.  Josh Jackson hosts the merriment with accompaniment from the greatest jazz musicians of yesterday and today.

 

Monday, December 24th

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Carols and Cheer 9 AM – 10 AM

Classical24 host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 10 AM – 12 PM

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

A Jazz Piano Christmas 8 PM – 9 PM

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. This year, Jason Moran will be joined by artists including Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones and James Francies, Felix Contreras hosts. 

An Afro Blue Christmas 9 PM – 10 PM

Here's a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

 

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs 10 PM – 11 PM

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This year's program features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink 11 PM – 12 AM

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro, and co-produced by OPB and Murray Street Productions.

RADIO IQ

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol 7 PM – 8 PM

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

Tuesday, December 25th

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St. Olaf Christmas Festival 10 AM – 12 PM

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity. Performed by more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 12 PM – 1 PM

The sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir floated in to many homes during the holidays in the '60s & '70s on Goodyear and Firestone albums, bringing lush renditions of favorite Christmas carols.  Those warm memories and feelings come right back again in this holiday special.  The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that will surely become the new classics.

Welcome Christmas 1 PM – 2 PM

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries. 

 

A Chanticleer Christmas 2 PM – 3 PM

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by  Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 3 PM – 5 PM (repeat)

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul’s church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group’s luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. Presented by NPR Music.

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Tinsel Tales 1   12 PM – 1 PM

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

 

Tinsel Tales 2   1 PM – 2 PM

Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

 

Tinsel Tales 3   2 PM – 3 PM

Audie Cornish, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary

 

Tinsel Tales 4  3 PM – 4 PM

Baxter Black ponders the meaning of Christmas for Cows, Bailey White sneaks into her neighbor’s yard in search of an elusive hemlock tree; Julie Zickefoose serenades her neighbors on the coldest night of the year.   

Monday, December 31st

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Toast of the Nation 8 PM – 12 AM

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. Hear encore sets from Buika,The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Tuesday, January 1st

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New Year’s Day Live from Vienna 11 AM – 1 PM

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.