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2021 Holiday Programs

Saturday, December 18th

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3 Castles and the Music City – 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Appalachian Vibes)

Immerse yourself in the music and voices of the original emissaries of American music to the world. In October of 1871, the oldest university in Nashville, Tennessee, teetered on the brink of collapse. To survive, Fisk University staked its last $40 on a set of field hymns and 10 descendants of American slavery. (PRX)

Monday, December 20th  

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Selected Shorts - Christmas Spirits Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts BBC)

In Selected Shorts: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris, audiences are invited to reimagine holiday rituals. Selected Shorts’ late host and founder Isaiah Sheffer is featured as the reader of Tobias Wolff’s “Powder,” in which a pre-Christmas snowstorm provides an adventure for a father and son.

In Allegra Goodman’s gentle borrowing from an O’Henry classic, a long-established couple discover they can surprise one another; Dana Ivey and Michael Cerveris read her “Gifts of the Jewish Magi.

And David Sedaris says English writer Jeanette Winterson captures the city to a T in “Christmas in New York,” a modern fairy tale with just a hint of magic, performed by Richard Masur.

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

Hosted by Lynne Warfel, All Is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas presents one hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism. This program uses sacred choral music grouped in a way to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

Music of the Baroque Brass and Choral Holiday Concert – 3pm – 5pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wants to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer the Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by celebrated WFMT host Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more. (PRX)

Christmas at the Movies – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included. (PRX)

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

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 – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

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.

Christmas Memories with Dee Alexander – 10pm – 11pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

Christmas is time for celebration, family, and togetherness. And although the weather outside may be cold, Dee Alexander’s music and stories are sure to keep you warm and hopeful through the holiday season. In this special, Dee shares songs that inspire celebration and spark nostalgia for the holiday, spinning classics like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song and Mahalia Jackson’s No Room at the Inn. With her impeccable selections and inviting hosting style, this special is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. (PRX)

Tuesday, December 21st (Solstice)

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

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.

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

The last year and a half has seen quiet concert halls, empty houses of worship, and subdued celebrations. This holiday season, the Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff will offer an encore presentation of Christmas with Madrigalia, recorded during Cary’s premiere season with the ensemble.

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble - 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. (PRX)

The Christmas Revels – 5pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2021” is a newly-updated, 119-minute or 59-minute musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s, Jonkonnu and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country. (PRX) – 2 hour version

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert Celebration – 7pm – 8pm (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 Tunçboyacıyan 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 Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the thundering Cathedral Pipe Organ. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts.

An Afro Blue Christmas - 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

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.

Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

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.

Joy to the World –– 10pm – 11pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

Pianist Bob Thompson and the The Bob Thompson Unit celebrate the holiday with jazz standards old and new with guest vocalist Rodney Boyden.

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Wednesday, December 22nd  

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Christmas on Henry Street – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts BBC)

In 1902, Christmas Eve and the first night of Chanukah both fell on December 24. Christmas on Henry Street recounts how Henry Street House founder Lillian Wald planned a Christmas Eve party at the settlement, but patron Jacob Schiff forbid a tree to be on display at the House. However, housekeeper Aileen McRae refused to stand by and let Christmas be ruined for the Henry Street residents.

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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.

The Christmas Story through Carols Old and New- 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

New for 2012! An hour long choral music show telling the Christmas story through familiar and lesser known carols. (PRX)

A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas- 4pm – 5pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

Hollywood Holiday – 6pm – 7pm (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.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square - 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The sounds of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square floated into 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 are fast becoming the new classics.

A Soulful Christmas – 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

A Soulful Christmas is an uplifting, relevant display of Black music in the classical, gospel, spiritual, and jazz-inspired style. This special celebrates the non-idiomatic Black classical music, while exploring non-idiomatic choral traditions. Guest details to be announced.

Christmas w/the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

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.

A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis – 10pm – 11pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (PRX)

Thursday, December 23rd 

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All Songs Considered for the Holidays – 1pm – 2pm (pre-empts H & N)

Bob Boilen is like a child this time of year, his eyes and ears full of wonder, as he traipses through the NPR Music offices, vigorously jingling his collection of sleigh bells. He believes, in his heart, that he's truly getting everyone in the spirit of the holiday season. But it's always a steady source of irritation for Robin so he tries to escape but ends up on a steam engine headed to the North Pole.

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.

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St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 2pm – 4pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

APM’s distribution of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.

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

The last year and a half has seen quiet concert halls, empty houses of worship, and subdued celebrations. This holiday season, the Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff will offer an encore presentation of Christmas with Madrigalia, recorded during Cary’s premiere season with the ensemble.

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 and NYS Baroque for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra.

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 Chanticleer Christmas – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

A Soulful Christmas - 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics) (repeat)

Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu host this uplifting Christmas special that features Black music and composers.

Jazz Piano Christmas - 9pm – 10pm (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 - 10pm – 11pm (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.

Christmas w/the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs – 11pm – 12pm (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 excellence, with their trademark.

Friday, December 24th

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Tinsel Tales 1 – 12pm – 1pm (pre-empts Fresh Air)

This year a radio tradition continues - 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.

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 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 to NPR for extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. 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.

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. No 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 thru music with interviews from the NPR Archives. Kenny Rogers, Katie Melua, Sting, Amy Grant and Jon Batiste talk about the power of music at Christmas...

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

Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, conducted by Philip Brunelle. This program presents an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest. Guest details to be announced.

All is Bright – 9am – 10am (pre-empts first hour of Performance Today) (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.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 10am – 12pm (pre-empts last hour of Performance Today and first hour of ALDM)

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presents your audience with an opportunity to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

A Little Day Music Holiday Music – 12pm – 2pm

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

This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

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 and NYS Baroque for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra.

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.

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.

An Elizabethan Christmas w/the Rose Ensemble - 6pm – 7pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The Rose Ensemble brings the time of the Tudors to life. Splendor, tension and intrigue, all reflected in the dark and light of tender carols, and soaring anthems. A fresh holiday program that captures the essence of the reign Elizabeth I.

Thistle and Shamrock Special – A Child’s Christmas in Wales – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts eTown)

Cerys (pron: KER-is) Matthews is a Welsh musician and patron of the Dylan Thomas Society. In this program, originally broadcast in 2015, she narrates excerpts from the Dylan Thomas holiday classic, set to music that she created and recorded with her collaborator Mason Neely. One reviewer wrote: "Dylan’s words are so deliciously descriptive to begin with, and Matthews’ lilting Welsh accent, and deep understanding of the culture illuminates them further. Her love of Dylan’s poetry shines throughout, and serves to make it accessible to a wide audience." Hosted by Fiona Ritchie.

Roots Down Holiday Special – 8pm - midnight

Luke Church presents holiday music and a Roots Down Session with Texas singer/songwriter Noel McKay.

Saturday, December 25th  

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Apollo’s Fire – Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain – 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Appalachian Vibes)

In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER. (PRX)

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 7am – 9am (pre-empts C24/Morning Classics) (repeat)

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presents your audience with an opportunity to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

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

APM’s distribution of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.

Met Opera Aida at The Met 1pm - ?

Highlights from great Met Aida broadcasts in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Met broadcasts and the 150th anniversary of Aida.

An Operavore Christmas (pre-recorded times not known yet) – 4pm – 5pm

WQXR's Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

Studio A Holiday Special – 5pm – 6pm

Luke Church presents A Holiday Music featuring Roots Down Session with Screaming Orphans – four sisters from County Donegal, Ireland. With highlights from their album Happy Christmas Volume 1; “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake”. It’s a song their mother sang to the girls growing up and the original “Wishing You A Merry Christmas”.

Roots Down Holiday Special – 8pm – 10pm

Luke Church presents Holiday music and a repeat of the Screaming Orphans session.

Sunday, December 26th  

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Studio B Holiday Music – 2pm – 4pm

Luke Church presents Holiday Bluegrass featuring a special Roots Down Session with longtime friend of the show Amanda Cook.

The Canadian Brass Christmas Time Is Here – 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies. The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here."

A Latin Jazz Christmas Experience – 9pm – 10pm (pre-empts Jazz Tonight

"Ho ho ho," A mixture of Mambo, Rhumba, Latin Jazz and fun in this blend of "Christmas Season" arrangements all in this musical presentation. (PRX)

Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule – 10pm – 11m (pre-empts Jazz Tonight)

An all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer take the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood.

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.

Monday, December 27th

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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. Programming includes favorites from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Debussy and Blake.

Tuesday, December 28th

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

Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes listeners on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. Selections feature scores from “Scrooge, the Musical”, “A Muppet Christmas Carol”, “The Polar Express”, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and more.

Wednesday, December 29th   

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My Special Christmas Time – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Tune in to WVTF Music for Carl Castillo’s “My Special Christmas Time”. A full hour of vintage Christmas memories. That’s Carl Castillo’s “My Special Christmas Time” on WVTF Music.

Thursday, December 30th

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Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays- 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays is an hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), Michael shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays! (PRX)

Friday, December 31st

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My Special Christmas Time – 7pm – 8pm (pre-empts C24/Afternoon Classics)

Tune in to WVTF Music for Carl Castillo’s “My Special Christmas Time”. A full hour of vintage Christmas memories. That’s Carl Castillo’s “My Special Christmas Time” on WVTF Music.

Toast of the Nation – 8pm – 12am (pre-empts Roots Down)

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. .

Saturday, January 1st

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2021 Remembered – 8pm – 9pm (pre-empts Appalachian Vibes)

Join The Current in honoring the life, music, and legacy of artists we lost this year with 2021 Remembered from The Current. This hour-long musical tribute is a celebration of all sounds - from indie to influential - and the perfect way for music lovers to unite in paying homage to the artists who have shaped music history.

From musicians and producers to industry icons, the playlist will feature legends like Charlie Watts, Don Everly, Nanci Griffith, Bunny Wailer, Biz Markie, and many more. Host Jill Riley will highlight milestones in each artist's life and career, explore their lasting impact on the music world, and spin their most beloved songs. The program will have a music-to-talk ratio 60/40.

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New Year’s Day Live from Vienna – 11am – 1pm (pre-empts C24/Morning Classics)

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. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

World Café Holiday- 5pm – 6pm (pre-empts Studio A)

World Cafe is celebrating 30 years by revisiting special holiday performances from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Los Lobos, Andrew Bird, The Bird and The Bee, Pink Martini, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more. Hosted by Raina Douris, this musical gift will provide a full hour of hip holiday cheer.

An Echoes Christmas- 8pm – 10pm (pre-empts Roots Down: Redux)

Chill out your Christmas with seasonal songs unlike what you've been hearing in the shopping malls. We ease you into Christmas day with Tom Caufield's acoustic fantasy, "I Heard It Was Christmas Day," SHEL's "Winter Fairyland" and more

Sunday, January 2nd

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Mark O’Conner’s An Appalachian Christmas- 2pm – 3pm (pre-empts Studio B)

Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas.

Mountain Stage Holiday- 3pm – 4pm (pre-empts Studio B)

From the heartfelt to the humorous, Mountain Stage looks back at the songs and stories that remind us of this special time of year. More details to come. Larry Groce hosts.