Holiday Programming

holiday programming

Celebrate the Holidays with New England Public Radio

‘Tis the season for your favorite holiday music on New England Public Radio! Tune in for a wonderful mix from Handel’s Messiah on Christmas day to the fabulous A Toast of the Nation to ring in the New Year. Happy holidays from the staff at New England Public Radio!

Wednesday, November 27
7-8 PM Hanukkah Lights: Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors, and read by NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

Saturday, December 14

11 –noon A Car Talk Christmas Carol: Just what happens to Tiny Ira, the Scroogiozzi Brothers, Crusty the Mechanic and the Spirit of Public Radio, past and present? You’ll have to tune in for yourself, to find out!

Saturday, December 21
9-11 PM Winter Solstice Celebration: Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Monday, December 23
9-11 AM St. Olaf Christmas Festival: The program includes hymns, carols, choral and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity, with more than 500 student musicians.
11-noon A Centennial Ceremony of CarolsA Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration: A celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of the renowned British composer, through his choral music for the holidays. The centerpiece of the program is Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” as well as other Britten holiday works and standard carols.
Noon-1 Tallis Scholars: Love is Better than Wine: For their 25th anniversary tour of the US, the vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a holiday program in concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square.

Tuesday, December 24 
9-10 a.m. Advent Voices: Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join us for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
10-noon A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols: A live 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.” 
noon-1 PM A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico: A concert of seasonal sacred music by composers of the renaissance, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. 
9-10 PM Big Band Holidays: Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp.  The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans-style holiday treatment of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “We Three Kings.” 
10-11 PM Jazz Piano Christmas: From the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs. 

Wednesday, December 25
9-10 AM Welcome Christmas!: Old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest.
10-noon A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols:  A live 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.”
noon-1 A Chanticleer Christmas: A celebration of the season as told through the the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir.
1-4 PM Handel’s Messiah:  Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus and internationally-acclaimed soloists in Handel’s dramatic masterwork from Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Saturday, December 28
9-10 PM A Season’s Griot: A celebration in story and song hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this program captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year?s program celebrates family with familiar and favorite elements of Griot, and plenty of music.

Tuesday, December 31
7-8 PM The Capitol Steps: “Politics Takes a Holiday”: Help roast 2013 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony.
9 PM – 5 AM, January 1: Toast of the Nation makes New Year’s Eve stops in Boston (The Donald Harrison Quintet live at Berklee College of Music), Washington DC (Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio from the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival), New York (The Wynton Marsalis Septet Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola), Chicago (Paquito D’Rivera at Mayne Stage), Denver (Convergence at DazzleJazz)
and the Monterey Jazz Festival (Bobby McFerrin and the spirityouall band).

Wednesday, January 1
11 AM-1 PM New Year’s Day from Vienna: Daniel Barenboim conducts the annual concert, this year honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the Strauss family and others: polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein.
3-5 PM Boston Baroque Gala First Day Concert: Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque, now in its 40th Anniversary Season as America’s oldest period-instrument orchestra, in a festive All-Bach concert live from Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square.