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A Celebration of Kwanzaa
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 7:00pm

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 19 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual  special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

This year’s program features stories of families and fatherhood.  Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette in this, the 2013 edition of A Season's Griot.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 11:00am

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo of WCRB Classical New England, a service of WGBH.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 7:00pm
Kate Murray

Binghamton-area performers bring to life the traditional holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” in the style of a radio-play, with sound affects and all!

Binghamton pastor Stanley Kiehl Gamble was famous for local children’s TV programs, and for reciting Dickens’ holiday classic from memory. When Rev. Gamble passed away suddenly, locals donated in his memory to the new Binghamton public TV station, which adopted his initials for the call letters WSKG. Hear Rev. Gamble recite 12/24 at 8:00pm.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:00am
Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:00pm

An annual Christmas Eve tradition!

The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. Hear it live at 10am, or in the evening at 11pm.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:00pm

No holiday season is complete without Handel’s stunning oratorio, and one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions: Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists* in Handel's dramatic masterwork, in the acoustic splendor of Boston’s Symphony Hall.

*Canadian  soprano Karina Gauvin and countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor  James Gilchrist, and Boston's own  baritone Sumner Thompson.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 8:00pm
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Madrigalia, a Rochester, New York based chamber ensemble, performs choral music of all genres at the highest level of artistic excellence, and promotes the appreciation of choral singing to diverse audiences through performances, recordings, broadcasts, outreach, and the commissioning of new music.

Rediscover Madrigalia with this concert of beautiful music for the season by Conte, Gjielo, Praetorious, Ratcliff, Rutter, Stopford, Tavener and more.

Cary Ratcliff, Guest Conductor

with June Kim, oboe, Kathleen MacAuliffe, harp, and Kieran Hanlon, bass

Recorded December 6, 2013

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 8:00pm

A holiday celebration on a spectacular scale -- Music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year.

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

The Winter Solstice Celebration is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the return of the sun, as the Earth begins its rotational cycle back towards summer. Now in its 33rd year, the performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest cathedral, is New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City Christmas.

The Consort musicians: Paul Winter, soprano sax; Paul McCandless, oboe and English horn; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboards; Jamey Haddad, drums; Eliot Wadopian, bass; and Tim Brumfield, pipe organ. The Sextet musicians: Paul Winter, alto sax; Warren Bernhardt, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Marvin Stamm, trumpet; and Howard Johnson, baritone sax.

Out of Bounds
Sun, 12/22/2013 - 11:30am
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Denise Gelberg followed an unusual career path.  After excelling at the study of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University, she decided one day while swimming laps that what she really wanted to do was teach young children.  After earning a Masters in Education from SUNY Cortland she taught in three school districts and six elementary schools in Central New York State. 

Midway through her teaching career she took a leave of absence to return to Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations to get Ph.D.  The focus of her doctoral research, the influence of the business community on twentieth century school reform, led to her book, The "Business" of School Reforming American Schools."

After her thirty year teaching career, Gelberg turned her focus to the accreditation of quality teacher preparation programs, working with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.  She also wandered into writing fiction.  Her first fictional work, Fertility:  A Novel, was published earlier this year.

American Radioworks
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 8:00pm
Mississippi Valley Collection

On April 4th, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a landmark speech from the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York. He called for an end to the Vietnam War. Exactly one year later, King was assassinated in Memphis. He was 39 years old. King’s speech in New York set the tone for the last year of his life. Inside the church, he was hailed for his brave, outspoken stance against the war. Outside the church, he was roundly condemned – by the mainstream press, by other civil rights activists and, most decidedly, by President Lyndon Johnson.

This documentary traces the final year of King’s life. It was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of the civil rights leader’s career, yet it has not been the focus of significant public attention. For many, the image of King is of a social and political leader at the height of his powers – especially the period up through 1965.But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

This program illuminates the profound personal, psychological and philosophical challenges King faced in his last year. In this time, King tried to gain support for his Poor People’s Campaign, fended off fierce critics inside and outside the civil rights movement, and endured an increasing sense of despair and isolation. King's Last March offers listeners a complex view of a man trying to push his philosophy of non-violence to a conclusion many people found more threatening than the dream he described on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial five years before his death.   More program information on the American RadioWorks website here.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 8:00pm

A Chanticleer Christmas is celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries – from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

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