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WVIA Radio HOLIDAY SPECIALS, 2021

 

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

 


Thursday December 23

 

9 a.m. - All is Bright - Contemplative Music for Christmas

One hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism.  Hosted by Lynne Warfel

 

10 a.m. Christmas Music – Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs

Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs, hosted by Michael Campion, is a program for people who don't care for contemporary music and those who do, but want a lighter hand on the throttle. It's an hour-long voyage of discovery into twentieth and twenty-first century music during which you'll experience some of the finest and most enjoyable works you'll ever hear. In this special, we’ll hear Music for Christmas from composers all over the world.

 

Noon – The Vaughan Williams Christmas Collection

The son of a clergyman, he became an atheist in college, then settled for a life as a “cheerful agnostic.” And yet, he probably wrote more Christmas music than any other modern composer, with a deep love for both the pageantry and the simple joys of the season. Join host Stephen Peithman for a celebration of holiday music by Ralph Vaughan Williams—on the next Connections.

  

1 p.m. - An American Christmas 

Music by American composers in celebration of Christmas. Featuring works of Alan Hohvaness, Carl Davis, Morton Gould and Howard Hanson

 

7 p.m. – The Swingin' Jazz Nutcracker Suite
 


CHRISTMAS EVE, 12/24

 

9 a.m. Christmas with Madrigalia

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. Christmas with Madrigalia celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season with traditional carols and anthems from the Medieval era through the 21st century. This one-hour program, recorded live in concert, features beautiful music by Michael Praetorius, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Ola Gjeilo, Alice Parker, and Craig Hella Johnson, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements. Since 1975, Madrigalia has presented unique and challenging programs of choral music built around intriguing themes. Their music is drawn from all times and places, spanning the riches of classic choral styles, the vast range of compelling music being written in our time, and the intriguing musical expressions of cultures throughout the world.

 

10 a.m. - A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (Live)

Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this 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. The 2021 edition of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is scheduled to be live and in-person.

Noon – Christmas w/the Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra

The sounds of the Tabernacle Choir 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 will surely become the new classics.

 1 p.m. - Christmas w/the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs

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. 

 

2 p.m. – Messiah Sing-Along 2021

The tradition continues as the Arcadia Chorale and soloists invite the audience to perform in the Christmas section of the famous Handel oratorio as well selections from Parts 2 and 3. This year recorded at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

  

7 p.m. - A Jazz Piano Christmas 

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.

 

8 p.m. – Big Tiny Desk Christmas

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.

 

9 p.m. – A Mountain Stage Holiday

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.

 

 10 p.m. Christmas in Louisiana

Hear how Louisiana celebrates Christmas through the state’s music. Featuring music of Joe Burns, Allen Toussaint, Ingrid Lucia, and more.

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY, 12/25 

 

10 a.m. -  Apollo’s Fire Presents: Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
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.

 

11 a.m.St. OlafChristmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event - which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN - are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. (encore)

 

3 p.m.-  An Operavore Christmas

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.


4 p.m. - Christmas w/Madrigalia

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.

Christmas with Madrigalia celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season with traditional carols and anthems from the Medieval era through the 21st century. This one-hour program, recorded live in concert, features beautiful music by Michael Praetorius, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Ola Gjeilo, Alice Parker, and Craig Hella Johnson, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.

Since 1975, Madrigalia has presented unique and challenging programs of choral music built around intriguing themes. Their music is drawn from all times and places, spanning the riches of classic choral styles, the vast range of compelling music being written in our time, and the intriguing musical expressions of cultures throughout the world.

Christmas with Madrigalia is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting, a nationally recognized creator of quality radio and television programming including With Heart and Voice, a weekly radio program of sacred classical music, and Second Opinion, a weekly television series that offers viewers a better understanding of complex health issues.
 

10 p.m. Big Tiny Desk Concert

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. (encore)

 

 

Sunday 12/26

2 p.m. Messiah Sing-Along

The tradition continues as the Arcadia Chorale and soloists invite the audience to perform in the Christmas section of the famous Handel oratorio as well selections from Parts 2 and 3. This year recorded at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA. (encore from 12/24)

10 p.m. - Toast of the Nation - An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio compliment for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long, even on lockdown. Hear sets from  Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, harpist Brandee Younger, organist Cory Henry, trumpeter Keyon Harrold and The Louis Cole Big Band. With this flexible format, 4 hours of music can start at any time during the day or night. The rundown will be easy to program with 59-minute blocks to start at the top of any hour. Feel free to play any and all segments at a time that's convenient for your station. There won't be midnight countdowns but the show will still sound live and in the moment with Happy*New*Year messaging heard throughout.

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY 1/1


11 a.m. - New Year's Day From Vienna 2022
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.