Holiday Programs 2017
Sunday, December 10
6 p.m. Advent Voices
Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Advent season and its symbolism.
Wednesday, December 13
8 p.m. A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble, and host Jonathan Miller present a delightful, inspiring, and informative program of choral music set to Chanukah texts both familiar and original.
Friday, December 15
8 p.m. IPR Radio Drama: A Christmas Truce
Jennifer Blackmer directs a cast of local talent in a live performance of an original radio drama written by Ball State University playwriting professor Tom Horan. This moving story of a ceasefire on Christmas Day during World War I is repeated on December 25 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 17
6 p.m. Hanukkah Lights 2017
A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Monday, December 18
8 p.m. A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico
Cathy Fuller hosts this program b, recorded at St. Paul’s Church on Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s an hour of radiant sacred music by the most acclaimed composers of the Renaissance, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.
Tuesday, December 19
8 p.m. Candles Burning Brightly
Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this annual celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. The program is an audio exploration of Chanukah music, foods, and traditional activities.
Wednesday, December 20
8 p.m. Advent Voices (repeat)
Thursday, December 21
8 p.m. Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of two of the most-prestigious historically black institutions in the nation, get together to present a concert. Korva Coleman hosts this joyous celebration of the schools’ singing excellence with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.
Friday, December 22
8 p.m. The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays
Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, has put together the perfect soundtrack for your holiday celebration.
Saturday, December 23
8 p.m. BlueNotes: An All-Jazz Christmas
Join host Larry Beck for a two-hour celebration of the holidays with jazz covers of Christmas carols, pop holiday songs, and Christmas hymns. Featured artists include Chet Baker, Carmen McRae, John Coltrane, Mel Torme, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and Louis Armstrong with a seldom heard recording of “Twas the Night before Christmas.”
Sunday, December 24
10 a.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The annual Christmas Eve favorite, broadcast live from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England, features the King’s College Choir in a service of Biblical readings and music.
6 p.m. Hollywood Holiday
Host Lynne Warfel presents a musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most cherished Christmas-themed movies.
7 p.m. Welcome Christmas!
John Birge hosts this perennial holiday favorite from VocalEssence that features the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.
8 p.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Alison Young hosts this service in song and word that includes hymns, carols, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
11 p.m. All Through the Night
Peter Van de Graaff hosts this special presentation of classical music for the overnight hours of Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.
Monday, December 25
8 a.m. Hodie! Christmas Morning from the IPR Library
Morning Musicale host Steven Turpin presents three hours of the most beautiful and meaningful selections from IPR’s extensive collection of recordings to provide a musical accompaniment to your Christmas morning festivities.
11 a.m. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Host Julie Amacher presents this annual favorite with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra. It’s a Christmas celebration in song, with lush renditions of familiar carols and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.
2 p.m. Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
This program features 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.
3 p.m. IPR Radio Drama: A Christmas Truce (repeat)
Monday, January 1
11 a.m. New Year’s Day from Vienna 2018
The Vienna Philharmonic presents 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!