KNAU HOLIDAY SPECIALS 2016

Monday 12/12

7:00 PM - Tinsel Tales 2

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices.  Continuing with the tradition of Tinsel Tales programs, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories.  Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8:00 PM - An Afro Blue Christmas

Here's a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The acapella group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. Hosted by Michele Norris.

Tuesday 12/13

7:00 PM - Christmas with the Canadian Brass

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, the program features music by Vince Guaraldi and arrangements by Luther Henderson, including favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with lush and brassy jazz harmonies

8:00 PM - Christmas with the King's Singers

It’s an acapella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet, consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit, perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend.

Wednesday 12/14

7:00 PM - The Moth Holiday Special: Unexpected gifts of December

Stories of holiday customs, brand new traditions, flying cows, fruit, luminaries and a magical forest.

8:00PM - Joy to the World: Holiday in Pink

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm the entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro.

Thursday 12/15

7:00 PM - Joy to the World: Jazz with Bob Thompson

Pianist Bob Thompson presents the 24th annual Joy to the World from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This year Bob and his band welcome vocalist Lena Seikaly and her vocal takes on "Santa Claus is Coming To Town," and many others. Bob and his band also perform modern-jazz instrumental takes on holiday favorites.

8:00PM - Christmastime in NYC

The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a program spanning hundreds of years describing the nativity story. The program includes works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen.

Friday 12/16

7:00 PM - Festivo Alt-Latino

Alt-Latino celebrates the Holidays with songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band, performing tracks from her 2014 album Posada. Collaborations, traditional holiday music from both sides of the border and three outstanding performers will make Festivo Alt-latino a Must Do holiday celebration!

8:00 PM - Christmas at the Movies

The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included.

Monday 12/19

7:00 PM - Car Talk Christmas Carol

A refreshed and updated version of a holiday classic with Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit.

7:30 PM - Concordia College

A tradition for more than 85 years, the Concordia College Christmas concert is heard by thousands in live performance and countless others on the air.

8:00 PM - NPR’s Jazz Piano 27

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special family affair at this year's holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Tuesday 12/20

7:00 PM - All Songs for the Holidays

Bob and Robin are kidnapped and taken to outer space!  And there will be music too.  The adventures continue.

8:00 PM - Christmas with Madrigalia

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia returns for a holiday concert celebrating the excitement and joy of the holiday season. This year Madrigalia is joined by jazz vocalist Cindy Miller for holiday favorites by Jule Styne, Vince Guaraldi, Steve Allen and others. Miller has performed and recorded with flutist Hubert Laws and flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione, among others.

Wednesday 12/21

7:00 PM - Paul Winter Consort Winter Solstice

Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with and encore of Paul Winter's 2014 Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance gathers traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz.

Thursday 12/22

7:00 PM - Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

A public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. 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.

8:00PM - The Rose Ensemble: A Christmas in Baroque Malta

The Rose Ensemble’s celestial voices team up with a Baroque band to present this unique seasonal program of glorious 17th-century music from Italy, preserved in the Cathedral archives on the Island of Malta, and now being heard for the first time in hundreds of years.

Friday 12/23

7:00 PM – Handel’s “Messiah.”

This program, performed by The Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra and conducted by Julian Wachner is hosted by WQXR’s David Garland and noted choral conductor, Kent Tritle.   The concert was recorded live at Trinity Church in December of 2011.  The program also features a portrait of the church and surrounding lower Manhattan community in December of 2001, just two months after the September 11th attacks.

Friday 12/30

6:00 PM – Capitol Steps

Politics takes a holiday with musical satire on the year in review.  If only they had some decent material to work with. 

Sunday 01/01

12 Noon - Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year.