CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
News 88.9 KNPR
All Songs Considered for the Holidays
December 22, 8 p.m.
It's the fifth edition of a one-of-a-kind wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall!
Jonathan Winters' "A Christmas Carol"
December 24, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
NPR's Susan Stamberg hosts a public radio tradition. 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.
December 25, 9:00 a.m.
The first "Tinsel Tales" collection remains a treasure, with holiday stories from the NPR archives. You'll hear Bailey White, John Henry Faulk, Scott Simon, and David Sedaris's "Santaland Diaries." (And if you can't get enough, join us Christmas evening for "Tinsel Tales 2!"
Tinsel Tales 2
December 25, 8:00 p.m.
More stories from the NPR holiday archive, these are some of the best and most requested holiday stories. You'll hear stories of the season from NPR voices including Claudio Sanchez ("The Night Before Christmas, Latin Style!", Daniel Pinkwater, Bill Harley, and more.
The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
January 1, 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Capitol Steps make fun of everything! That tradition continues in this hour-long look back at 2013. It's the perfect way to bid farewell to the old year and howdy to the new one.
Classical 89.7 KCNV
Glad Tidings of Great Joy
December 22, 11 a.m. and December 23, 6 p.m.
You'll be taken from medieval England and Germany to baroque London and Leipzig with the music of Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach. From the glorious cathedral chant, Veni Emmanuel, to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, this program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from northern Europe. Two renowned musical institutions band together in this Early-Music tour de force: the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis, directed by Dr. Dana Marsh; and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, directed by Paul Elliott.
"Messiah" from Washington National Cathedral
December 22, 3 p.m.
Each year the Cathedral's annual "Messiah" performances in early December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, you'll hear some of the highlights of Handel's immortal oratorio.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 24, 7:00 a.m. and; December 25, 12 noon
The great tradition continues at King's College with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. You'll hear the 30-voice King's College Choir singing along with Biblical readings, telling the story of the Christmas season. It's a live broadcast this morning, and you can hear a rebroadcast Christmas Day at noon.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
December 24, 5 p.m.
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to this event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, 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.
December 24, 4 p.m.
A perennial holiday favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.
A Journey Through the Nutcracker
December 25, 10:00 a.m.
James David Jacobs takes us behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story - and the music - unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 25, 12 noon
A rebroadcast of the live performance from Christmas Eve morning, from King's College in Cambridge, England.
December 25, 6:00 p.m.
A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based male ensemble. They sing a Christmas program spanning the globe and the centuries.
Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine
December 26, 6:00 p.m.
The globally-revered vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a sublime holiday program in concert at St. Paul's Church in Harvard Square. Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller.
Boston Baroque Gala First Day Concert 2014
January 1, 12 noon and 5:00 p.m.
Champagne, Concertos... and Coffee! Join us for a Boston New Year's Tradition, now shared with the nation! Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque, now in its 40th Anniversary Season as America's oldest "period-instrument" orchestra, in a festive All-Bach New Year's Day concert live from Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square.
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