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WVIA Radio HOLIDAY SPECIALS, 2020

CHANUKAH - Dec. 10 - Dec. 18

Hanukkah Lights, 2020

Saturday 12/12, 4:00 pm

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Candles Burning Brightly

Sunday 12/13, 1:00 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.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

Wednesday 12/16, 1:00 pm

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella for an inspiring, informative and entertaining show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts both familiar and original performed by this virtuoso ensemble.

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

A BTE Christmas Carol

Sunday, 12/20, Noon

Charles Dickens classic Yuletide tale comes to WVIA as an audio novel performed by members of the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. This adaptation by veteran BTE member James Goode brings this beloved Christmas ghost story to life.

Sound Engineer & Designer: Nick McGaw

Violinist: Grace Kenny

Andrew Hubatsek as Ebenezer Scrooge

Elizabeth Dowd as The Narrator

With, alphabetically:

  • Willow, Maya & Thomas Bishop: Cratchits & other children
  • Amy Rene Byrne: Charitable Person, Belle, Party Guest, Charwoman
  • James Goode: Bob Cratchit, Dick Wilkins, Future Gent
  • A’nie Kirchner: Mrs. Cratchit
  • Abigail Leffler: Caroler, Mary, Mrs. Dilber
  • Daniel Roth: Charitable Person, Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Present, Future Gent, Undertaker’s Man
  • Thom Sirkot: Topper, Future Gent
  • Zach Shultz: Peter Cratchit
  • Henry Turnbough: Boy Scrooge, Tiny Tim
  • Lily Wirth: Ghost of Christmas Past, Martha, Turkey Boy
  • Eric Wunsch: Fred, Marley, Young Scrooge, Future Gent
  • Michael Yerges: Belle’s Husband, Old Joe, Future Gent

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Sunday, 12/20, 2:00 pm

A Christmas service from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. More than 500 student musicians happily share their musical talent with us.

Repeats Christmas morning at 3:00 am.

Sing We Now of Christmas w/True Concord Voices and Orchestra

Sunday, 12/20, 3:00 pm

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents their holiday special, Repeats Christmas morning at 4:00 am.

An American Christmas

Monday, 12/21, 1:00 pm

Enjoy a program of classical music by American composers inspired by and celebrating Christmas. Of course we’ll hear a few arrangements of popular carols of the season, but also original instrumental and choral works including a movement from the “Christmas” Symphony by Alan Hovhaness, The Nativity Story by Carl Davis, and A Musicological Journey through “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

A Paul Winter Solstice

Monday, 12/21, 10:00 pm

Celebrate the return of the sun - and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear a new performance of The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. John Schaefer hosts.

Apollo's Fire Presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

Tuesday, 12/22, Noon

Listeners are transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®‐award winning period‐instrument orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio. Your hosts are Apollo’s Fire Artistic Director, conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell and WFMT’s Candice Agree.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

Tuesday, 12/22, 1:00 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. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics

Wednesday, 12/23, 10:00 am

Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

Wednesday, 12/23, Noon

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. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.

Welcome Christmas

Wednesday, 12/23, 1:00 pm,

Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, conducted by Philip Brunelle. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Christmas Memories with Dee Alexander

Wednesday, 12/23, 7:00 pm,

In her new holiday special, Jazz Network host and renowned singer Dee Alexander shares the songs that remind her of home and the holidays, spinning classics like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song and Mahalia Jackson’s No Room at the Inn. Artists include the Temptations, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Smith, Vince Guaraldi, and more. With her impeccable selections and inviting hosting style, this special is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

CHRISTMAS EVE, 12/24 (Thursday)

A Chanticleer Christmas

9:00 am

Celebrate the season with song! Steve Staruch hosts this program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Repeats Christmas day at 3:00 pm.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

10:00 am

The audience will share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal ‘classical’ music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue. Michael Barone hosts.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Noon

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. Repeats Christmas morning at 1 am.

Christmas with the King's Singers

1:00 pm

It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon hosts.

Hollywood Holiday

2:00 pm

Lynne Warfel takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. Including scores from "Scrooge, the Musical", "A Muppet Christmas Carol", "The Polar Express", "It's A Wonderful Life" and many more.

Holiday Special with the Boston Brass

3:00 pm

There’s hardly a sound more festive than that of brass instruments. Recorded at Wolf Trap this holiday concert features a collection of seasonal favorites including Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, the Carol of the Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and White Christmas.

Jazz Piano Christmas 36

7:00 pm

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. The line-up will be announced soon. Felix Contreras hosts.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special

8:00 pm

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.

A Mountain Stage Holiday

9:00 pm

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.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays: The Return To The Cabin

10:00 pm

For the first holiday extravaganza in 2012 (at a snow-covered cabin in the woods), nearly all of the invited guests canceled. The party was a lovable flop, but it launched a tradition that’s continued since. For this holiday party, Bob and Robin return to the cozy cabin where it all began. The special guests include Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more. What could possibly go wrong?

A Soulful Christmas

11:00 pm

Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu host this 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 DAY, 12/25 (Friday)

Welcome Christmas

Midnight

Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, conducted by Philip Brunelle. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest. Repeats at 10:00 am.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

1:00 am

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.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas

2:00 am

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. Repeats 12/25 at 11am.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

3:00 am

F. Melius Christiansen started the Christmas Festival in 1911 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota as a simple service in word and song for students, faculty, friends and family. In the 109 years since, it has grown to include more than 500 student musicians who happily share their gifts with us. Don’t miss one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations.

Sing We Now of Christmas w/True Concord Voices and Orchestra

4:00 am

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents their holiday special, “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Enjoy fresh arrangements of traditional favorites

A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols 2020

9:00am

From WXXI Public Broadcasting it’s an American version of the famous service originating at King’s College in Cambridge, England. A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols! was recorded during the 2019 Christmas season at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York under the direction of organist/choirmaster Peter DuBois. The program features music by Paul Manz, Kim André Arnesen, Charles Villiers Stanford, Morten Lauridsen, and John Rutter. A superb way to celebrate Christmas morning.

Welcome Christmas

10:00 am

Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, conducted by Philip Brunelle. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas

11:00 am

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.

Classic Christmas

Noon

Wind & Rhythm this week celebrates the season with classic Christmas music. It’s the carols you love: old, new, and reimagined. We’ll listen to a wonderful arrangement of the Wexford carol, a medley of traditional carols rearranged to be in a minor key, a mash up of carols with Mozart, and more

A Baroque Noel with Pegasus Early Music

1:00 pm

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 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. The program is rounded with French Christmas carols.

Christmas with Madrigalia

2:00 pm

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. This program features beautiful selections by Stephen Paulus, Harold Darke, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Eriks Esenvalds, J.S. Bach and Vince Guaraldi, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.

A Chanticleer Christmas

3:00 pm

Celebrate the season with song! Steve Staruch hosts this program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

Jazz Night In America: A Holiday Celebration

7:00 pm

Jazz Night in America brings you holiday classics featuring the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guests. More details to come. Christian McBride hosts.

An Afro Blue Christmas

8:00 pm

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Hear the a-cappella group perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. Hosted by Michele Norris.

Festivo Alt.Latino: Cantigas In Concert

9:00 pm,

Hear the healing and uplifting power of the human voice with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Cantigas. The group's 25 members assembled in NPR's Studio 1 in front of a live audience to present an eclectic mix of songs and rhythms from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Puerto Rico–the home country of its artistic director, Diana Sáez. Hosted by Felix Contreras

An Echoes Christmas

10:00 pm

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. (2 hrs)

An Operavore Christmas

Saturday 12/26, 4:00 pm

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

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2020

Sunday 12/27, 2:00pm

Celebration of the winter holidays with his two-hour musical special -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s 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 in December, 2019. (Distributed by prx)

Music From St. Stephen’s Christmas Special

Sunday 12/27, 4:00pm

This one-hour special recorded by VIA Radio in the majestic sanctuary of St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral features the 2019 Wyoming Valley Concert Band holiday program.

Toast of the Nation

NEW YEAR’S EVE, 12/31/20, 10:00 pm

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, even on lockdown. The line-up is almost confirmed and it’s sure to be a good time, even without the big audiences.

New Year's Day From Vienna 2021

NEW YEAR’S DAY, 1/1/21, 11:00 am

The ever popular annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a great way to start off 2021. Hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.