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2020 Holiday Special Programming

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Holidays 2020:

 (Hanukkah begins at sundown on the 10th.)

WVTF:

Hanukkah Lights - Thursday December 10th– 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by Lynne Bronstein, R.L. Maizes, Susan J. Gordon, Jennifer Lang, and Kate Schmier. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz

 (Hanukkah runs through the 18th)

WVTF:

Candles Burning Brightly - Friday December 18th– 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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

Saturday, December 19th

WVTF:

Saturday Cinema – 11am – 12pm

An hour of holiday favorites from A Christmas Carol. We’ll hear Original Cast recordings from Scrooge, selections from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Muppet Christmas Carol and others.

Radio IQ:

Monday, December 21st

Selected Shorts - Christmas Spirits High and Low – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts BBC)

We want Christmas to be merry and bright, but sometimes the season can be challenging. Our two stories, presented by guest host Cynthia Nixon, do deliver good cheer in the end (and Nixon shares a few of her own holiday traditions).

WVTF:

All is Bright - 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

An hour-long program of contemplative choral and solo vocal music of the season. Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs. 

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert Celebration – 5pm – 6pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Celebrate the return of the sun with an encore performance recorded in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Musicians include gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist and singer Arto Tunçboyac?yan and double reed wizard Paul McCandless. Hear the American Performance Premiere of the Grammy-winning suite MIHO with The Paul Winter Consort.: Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopia

Jazz Piano Christmas - 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Join us for a twist on your favorite holiday classics! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the holiday tradition and annual sell-out, where pianists perform their favorite seasonal music. This year features Kennedy Center favorite George Cables, Latin all-star Rebeca Mauleón, Mark G. Meadows and Hancock Institute International Piano Competition Finalist Joshua White.

Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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.

Tuesday, December 22nd

Radio IQ:

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol - 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts BBC)

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.

WVTF:

A Little Day Music's Virtual Christmas Concert – 12pm – 2pm

Since so many of the region’s regular holiday concerts have been canceled due to Covid ALDM will be presenting a virtual live Christmas concert experience featuring the Virginia Consort plus other regional ensembles to recreate the experience of sitting in the audience for the holiday programs we’ve missed this season. You’ll feel like you’re sitting inside again in a packed house watching, special live performances. 

Christmas with Madrigalia - 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2020, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season. Once again Madrigalia is joined by the Rochester Bach Children’s Choir for traditional carols accompanied by flute, violin and piano. 

Hollywood Holiday – 5pm – 6pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies.

An Afro Blue Christmas - 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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..and more.

Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Jazz Night in America brings you holiday classics from their past five seasons – featuring fresh arrangements and entertaining storytelling recorded live from Rose Theater in New York City. You'll hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, plus special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. Christian McBride hosts.

Wednesday, December 23rd

Radio IQ:

Marketplace Tech How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts BBC)

This one hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change.

WVTF:

Amahl and the Night Visitors - 1pm – 2pm (during A Little Day Music)

A holiday favorite, this one act opera was originally commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951. The opera tells the story of Amahl, a disabled boy who sees the star over Bethlehem. His mother doesn’t believe him. Later that night, the Three Kings knock on their door and tell them that they are on their way to see a wondrous Child. They spend the night and when they leave the following morning Amahl has been healed.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics- 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Join host Elena See for an hour-long program of nostalgic favorites for the winter season.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square - 5pm – 6pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Audiences will hear a holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests.

A Soulful Christmas – 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

An uplifting Christmas special that features Black music and composers. Including choral music, gospel, spiritual and jazz-inspired styles, this special celebrates and explores non-idiomatic Black classical music and choral traditions.

Christmas w/the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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.

Thursday, December 24th

Radio IQ:

Sing We Now of Christmas - 1pm – 2pm (pre-empts H & N)

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents their holiday special, “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Independently produced by Classical Arizona PBS, the hour-long program features fresh arrangements of traditional favorites that your listeners will thank you for many times over this holiday season. The ensemble has recorded traditional Christmas favorites – timeless songs like “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Away in a Manger,” “How a Rose E’er Blooming” – and set them alongside new carols, including world premiere recordings of “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Fourteen Angels,” “One Gift” and more. 

The Tiny Desk Concert Holiday Special – 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts H & N)

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays – 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts World)

This year's ASC for the Holidays will be NEW and not a repeat as previously announced.

WVTF:

A Chanticleer Christmas – 9am – 10am (pre-empts first hour of PT)

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 – 10am – 12pm (pre-empts last hour of PT and first hour of ALDM)

Share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols and related seasonal “classical” 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.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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.

Sing We Now of Christmas – 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents their holiday special, “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Independently produced by Classical Arizona PBS, the hour-long program features fresh arrangements of traditional favorites that your listeners will thank you for many times over this holiday season. The ensemble has recorded traditional Christmas favorites – timeless songs like “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Away in a Manger,” “How a Rose E’er Blooming” – and set them alongside new carols, including world premiere recordings of “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Fourteen Angels,” “One Gift” and more. 

Christmas with Madrigalia – 4pm – 5pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2020, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season. Once again Madrigalia is joined by the Rochester Bach Children’s Choir for traditional carols accompanied by flute, violin and piano.

A Baroque Noel – 5pm – 6pm  (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Celebrate the holiday season with 17th century flair with A Baroque Noel. Join Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra. The one-hour program, hosted by WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, features Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Acclaimed lutenist Paul O'Dette leads an ensemble of sought-after musicians from across the country in this grand Christmas mass that quotes many popular Christmas carols of the 1600s. The program is rounded out with virtuosic concertos for oboe and mandolin by Vivaldi, as well as French Christmas carols.

A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols – 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season is the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service made famous at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The Festival tells the Christmas story in words and music, and is presented all over the world in many languages and variations. This Christmas, treat your listeners to A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols!

A Soulful Christmas - 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics) (Repeat)

An uplifting Christmas special that features Black music and composers. Including choral music, gospel, spiritual and jazz-inspired styles, this special celebrates and explores non-idiomatic Black classical music and choral traditions.

Jazz Piano Christmas - 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight) (Repeat)

Join us for a twist on your favorite holiday classics! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the holiday tradition and annual sell-out, where pianists perform their favorite seasonal music. This year features Kennedy Center favorite George Cables, Latin all-star Rebeca Mauleón, Mark G. Meadows and Hancock Institute International Piano Competition Finalist Joshua White.

An Afro Blue Christmas - 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight) (Repeat)

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..and more.

Christmas w/the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs – 10pm – 11pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight) (Repeat)

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

Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink – 11pm – 12am (pre-empts Jazz Tonight) (Repeat)

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.

Friday, December 25th

Radio IQ:

Tinsel Tales 1 – 12pm – 1pm (pre-empts FA)

This year a radio tradition continues with 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 – 1pm – 2pm (pre-empts first hour of H & N)

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. 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 – 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts second hour of H & N)

Listeners tune in to NPR for extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. Baxter Black ponders the meaning of Christmas for Cows, Baily 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. 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 – 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts SciFri)

For many of us, Christmas is about family and traditions. For others it’s a stressful or even a sad time. Not matter how good or bad your holiday is, it’s quite likely to include music. This year, Tinsel Tales includes stories of the season told through music with interviews from the NPR Archives. Hosted by Lynn Neary.  

WVTF:

Welcome Christmas – 8am – 9am (pre-empts C24/Morning Classics)

There’s no better way to welcome Christmas than Welcome Christmas, the VocalEssence holiday concert. It's a new joyful, classic holiday music special.

All is Bright – 9am – 10am (pre-empts first hour of PT)(Repeat)

An hour-long program of contemplative choral and solo vocal music of the season. Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs. 

Christmas at My House – 10am – 11am (pre-empts second hour of PT)

Tune in to WVTF Music for Carl Castillo’s “Christmas At My House” Christmas Morning at ten.  A full hour of vintage Christmas memories including such talents as Johnny Mercer, Leon Redbone, Vincent Price, Carey Grant and many more plus Carl’s personal memories growing up in a northern Illinois town right off of wintry Lake Michigan. That’s Carl Castillo’s “Christmas At My House” Christmas Morning at ten on WVTF Music. 

A Chanticleer Christmas – 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

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 Baroque Noel – 3pm – 4pm  (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

Celebrate the holiday season with 17th century flair with A Baroque Noel. Join Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra. The one-hour program, hosted by WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, features Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Acclaimed lutenist Paul O'Dette leads an ensemble of sought-after musicians from across the country in this grand Christmas mass that quotes many popular Christmas carols of the 1600s. The program is rounded out with virtuosic concertos for oboe and mandolin by Vivaldi, as well as French Christmas carols.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico – 4pm – 5pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

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.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 5pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

Share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols and related seasonal “classical” 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.

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Roots Down Holiday Special

Luke Church presents an Americana Noel with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keene, Keb Mo, and many more.

Saturday, December 26th

WVTF:

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 11am – 1pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

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.

Studio A Holiday Special – 5pm – 6pm 

Luke Church presents A Holiday of Folk with Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith, Caroline Pence, Bruce Cockburn, etc

Roots Down Holiday Special – 8pm – 10pm 

Luke Church presents an Americana Noel with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keene, Keb Mo, and many more.

Sunday, December 27th

WVTF:

Studio B Holiday Music – 2pm – 4pm 

A Bluegrass Christmas with Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Bill Monroe, Seldom Scene, Larry Sparks, and a bunch of 'em.

Monday, December 28th

WVTF:

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics- 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

Join host Elena See for an hour-long program of nostalgic favorites for the winter season.

Tuesday, December 29th

WVTF:

Hollywood Holiday – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies.

Wednesday, December 30th 

WVTF:

Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church Concert – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Join WVTF Music for a concert in memory of Rodney Overstreet recorded September 4, 2020 at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA. Steven White, conducts Amici Musicorum in a performance of Brahms' Serenade in D, Op. 11 (arr. Matthias Pflaum).

Thursday, December 31st

WVTF:

Christmas at My House – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)(repeat)

Tune in to WVTF Music for Carl Castillo’s “Christmas At My House” Christmas Morning at ten.  A full hour of vintage Christmas memories including such talents as Johnny Mercer, Leon Redbone, Vincent Price, Carey Grant and many more plus Carl’s personal memories growing up in a northern Illinois town right off of wintry Lake Michigan. That’s Carl Castillo’s “Christmas At My House” Christmas Morning at ten on WVTF Music. 

Toast of the Nation – 8pm – 12am (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

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 is hosted by Christian McBride. .

January 1st

WVTF:

New Year’s Day Live from Vienna – 11am – 1pm (pre-empts ALDM)

The Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Christian Thielemann present 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 and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.