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Mon, 12/24/2012 - 10:00am
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 11:00pm
Kings College (MPR Photo / Michael Barone)

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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.

 Look here for the complete program for the 2012 service
Read about the history of the Festival and hear interviews here.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 8:00pm
R L Johnson via

This holiday season, Madrigalia returns to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia: A Time to Rejoice. This program of holiday cheer fills the season with joy, and features many Madrigalia favorites along with some new seasonal tunes to brighten the darkest of winter's days. The program features settings of familiar tunes and texts by some of today's most brilliant young composers along with some less familiar, yet captivating melodies.

The one-hour program, conducted by Lee Wright and recorded live in concert at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY, includes music by David Hogan, Eric Whitacre, Roger Wilhelm, Cary Ratcliff, Libby Larsen and others.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 8:00pm
Wonderlane via

What makes a song last? Join host Philip Furia for an enduring body of holiday songs, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers in styles that range from jazz to blues, rock to country. Hear the stories behind the songs, and hear familiar artists singing them. The program shows how The Great American Songbook came into being during the first half of the 20th-century through the interplay of the sheet-music publishing industry known as "Tin Pan Alley," the Broadway musical, the emergence of radio in the 1920s, the advent of sound movies, the creation of a jazz repertoire, and developments in the recording industry.

Part One: We explore the beginnings of popular Christmas songs, including Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Part Two: WWII Christmas songs, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "Let It Snow"

Part Three: Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and Coots and Gillespie's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 7:00pm

During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions,.  Some are surrounded by festive foods, others involve preparing and decorating for family, friends and homecomings. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past. Lynne Warfel shares music that made great films from 'A Christmas Carol' to 'Polar Express' come alive with the warmth and sparkle of the season.

Holiday Special
Tue, 12/25/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/25/2012 - 7:00pm

Tinsel Tales 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, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.


Stories include:

Dad 'n' Sam (Jay Allison)
Homeless Christmas (Lee Stringer)
Christmas Morning, 1949 (Sylvia Seymour/Paul Auster)
Low-Glamour Christmas Party (Bailey White)
Doing it in the Closet (John McIlwraith)
Christopher (Jay O'Callahan)
Ode to Christmas (Chuck Kramer)
Santaland Diaries (David Sedaris)
Modern Day Joseph and Mary (Scott Simon)
John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story (John Henry Faulk)

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 9:00pm
CocteauBoy via

The holiday tradition continues with Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration. A dynamic musical celebration in the extraordinary acoustics of the worlds largest Gothic cathedral - New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Hear a unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. The Paul Winter Consort is joined by musicians from all over the world, including Russia's Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and gospel singer Theresa Thomasson. John Schaefer hosts the production from Living Music and Murray Street.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 1:00pm
PetroleumJelliffe via

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne for this encore of an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Traditional Appalachian: I Wonder as I Wander
Emma Kirkby/Sony 62688

Byrd: Ecce Virgo Concipiet
Stile Antico/Harmonia Mundi 807517

Biebl: Ave Maria
Chanticleer/Chanticleer 8803

14th C German: Quem Pastores Laudavere
Cambridge Singers/Rutter Collegium 111

Poulenc: Quem vidistis pastores dicite
Cambridge Singers/Rutter/ Collegium 108

Trad French: Quelle est cette odeur agreable
Chanticleer/ Teldec 94563

Poulenc: Videntes Stellam
Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Richard Marlowe/ Conifer 51308

Traditional Canadian: Huron Carol/'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Cambridge Singers/Rutter / Collegium 111

Tomas Luis De Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium
Chanticleer/Teldec 94563

Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Chamber Choir of Europe/Hannsler 98272

Gruber: Stille Nacht
The King's Singers/EMI 44909

Scheidt: O Jesulein Zart
Bryn Terfel/Nidus Childrens Choir/DG 14914

Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
Theater of Voices/Hillier/Harmonia Mundi 907079

12th C: Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Cantus/Cantus 1102

Traditional Spiritual: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Jessye Norman/Philips 400019


Holiday Special
Wed, 12/19/2012 - 8:00pm

Music director Seamus Egan is returning, and his groundbreaking group Solas will be back on stage as well. In 2010, harpist Catriona McKay and fiddler Chris Stout created quite a stir during these shows. They have agreed to return for this anniversary edition. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle and Natalie Haas on cello promises to create a lush string sound. Add in the bass of long-time participant Chico Huff with percussionist Ben Wittman rounding off the band and some spectacular instrumentals and song arrangements are expected.

When the Chieftains visited WGBH in March of this year, the singing of Alyth McCormack from Scotland riveted the audience and she has agreed to join the cast of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn in December! We are so excited. Navan, one of the very first groups to perform in the show back in 2003 will return with their unique four part harmonies. With Lindsay O’Donovan again returning (10th year), the great vocals of Mick McAuley and Eamon McElholm and, of course, host Brian O’Donovan joining in as he's known to do, the songs will be just terrific.

Also from the regular touring lineup of the Chieftains, brothers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke, and Cara Butler will bring their unique approach to Irish dance, blending in much of the drama of the Ottawa Valley in Canada where the boys were raised. And what would A Christmas Celtic Sojourn be without the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole? They have truly become part of the tradition.

Community Conversation
Tue, 12/18/2012 - 7:00pm

Hear stories written and produced by Youth Voice student reporters! Host Crystal Sarakas will also talk with four of the youth reporters about what the Youth Voice project has meant to them.

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Off the Page
Tue, 12/11/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/11/2012 - 7:00pm

Both the bright, cheery holidays and the bleakness of winter can leave people in a mixed-up emotional mess.  Clinical psychologist Jerry Duvinsky of Endicott would say that the pain and confusion springs from a need to control everything, including the “dark emotions”.  Dr. Duvinsky joins Bill Jaker and takes listener questions about his new book, “How to Lose Control and Gain Emotional Freedom”.

Read more HERE

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