The end of the year is a time to celebrate. Throughout the month of December, you’ll hear classic carols, hilarious stories, warm musical performances and thought-provoking holiday tales. Here are the special programs coming your way throughout December:
Joy To The World – A Holiday in Pink: Pink Martini and All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro bring you an hour of multi-denominational, multi-cultural holiday spirit in the form of timeless classics and adventurous tunes. 7 PM, Saturday December 17, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Paul Winter’s Solstice Celebration: Illuminate the darkest night of the year with performances from NYC’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Celebrate the return of the sun with the Paul Winter Consort. 8 – 10 PM, Saturday December 17, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Inland Folk with Dan Maher: You’ll hear a dash of holiday spirit and some festive fun on favorite folk music show two weeks in a row! December 17 & 24, 11 AM – 2PM, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Tinsel Tales - NPR Christmas Favorites: Stories on the meaning of Christmas featuring some familiar NPR voices – tune in to hear the annual favorite, “the Santaland Diaries.” 6 PM, Sunday, December 18, NPR News Service.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Join the internationally renowned chorus and the Orchestra at Temple Square for familiar carols and lesser known melodies, sure to become favorites. 8 PM, Monday, December 19, NPR and Classical Music Service.
A Chanticleer Christmas: Join the beloved vocal group Chanticleer for some Christmas cheer – tune in for some holiday favorites. 9 PM, Monday December 19, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Celebrate the early music of Christmas on Tuesday December 20: The evening starts with an Italian tour of Christmas in the sixteenth-century on In Italia – A Renaissance Christmas from Venice, Naples and Beyond. Stay tuned and travel to 17th and 18th century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia with A Baroque Christmas in the New World. After that, look into early Christmas masses, motets and carols with Anjuli Dodhia.
- In Italia – A Renaissance Christmas from Venice, Naples and Beyond: 8 PM, Tuesday December 20, NPR and Classical Music Service
- A Baroque Christmas in the New World: 9 PM, Tuesday December 20, NPR and Classical Music Service
- Early Classical Christmas Carols and Masses with Anjuli Dodhia: 10 PM – 12 AM, Tuesday December 20, NPR and Classical Music Service
The Christmas Revels - In Celebration of the Winter Solstice: The Christmas Revels combine poetry and song into wraps a wintry two-hour celebration of the season. 8 – 10 PM, Wednesday December 21, NPR and Classical Music Service.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Hear more than 500 musicians and vocalists come together for this yearly musical celebration from Minnesota – celebrate the Nativity with hymns, vocal and orchestral selections. 8 - 10 PM, Thursday December 22, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Holiday Extravaganza: Join Steve Reeder and Jessie Jacobs for a day of festive holiday sounds. Classic Carols, traditional hymns and unusual instrumentation of your favorite tunes await. 9 AM – 4 PM, Friday December 23, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol: Susan Stamberg hosts a special presentation of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic in his own performance edition – listen as all characters brought to life by the great Jonathan Winters. 7 PM, Saturday December 24, NPR News Service.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Tune in for the annual Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. Celebrate more than 80 years of tradition with carols new and old and readings from the Bible. 10 AM – 12 PM, Sunday December 25, NPR and Classical Music Service .
Concierto Christmas Special: Take a bilingual adventure with Frank Dominguez this Christmas – in a special episode of Concierto, visit Ecuador of the 17th century, Cuba in the 18th Century, 19th Century Uruguay. 2 - 4 PM, Sunday December 25, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Candles Burning Brightly: Explore the food and traditional activities of Chanukah with host Mindy Ratner – you’ll hear plenty of music, too. 8 PM, Monday December 26, NPR and Classical Music Service.
A Seasons Griot 2016: Join host Madafo Lloyd Wilson for this annual celebration of African traditions – this year, enjoy story and song about family and Kwanzaa celebration. 8 PM, Monday December 26, NPR News Service.
Chanukah in Story and Song: Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with The Western Wind as they perform Israeli music, Ladino songs and Yiddish tunes. Hosted by the late Leonard Nimoy. 8 PM, Tuesday December 27, NPR and Classical Music Service.
Hanukkah Lights: Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz join you for an hour of stories and memoirs from the Hanukkah season. 9 PM, Tuesday December 27, NPR and Classical Music Service.
New Year's Day From Vienna 2017: It wouldn’t be the start of the new year without the Vienna Philharmonic - ring in 2017 with this most beloved annual concert of waltzes and polkas brought to you from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. 12 – 2 PM, Sunday January 1, 2017, NPR and Classical Music Service.