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Playlist: Holiday Music Specials

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Music specials for your station's holiday programming.

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Christmas At Home with Hanif Abdurraqib

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Join host Hanif Abdurraqib for a special episode of Object of Sound from PRX and Sonos taking a deep dive into the world of Christmas Music.

Whether you’re flooded with excitement and warm nostalgia at the first beat of ‘Jingle Bells,’ or desperately counting down the days until January, Christmas music is everywhere. From the tackiest tracks to the most moving melodies, join us to explore the soundtrack of the season.

We’ll hear from Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway and a special guest artist, as well as listeners from across the country who’ve called in to share their non-traditional Christmas traditions.

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Join host Hanif Abdurraqib for a special episode of Object of Sound, from PRX and Sonos, taking a deep dive into the world of Christmas music.

Whether you’re flooded with excitement and warm nostalgia at the first beat of ‘Jingle Bells,’ or desperately counting down the days until January, Christmas music is everywhere. From the tackiest tracks to the most moving melodies, join us to explore the soundtrack of the season.

We’ll hear from special guests: musical duo She & Him, plus Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway. We'll also hear from listeners across the country who’ve called in to share their non-traditional Christmas traditions.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 (Series)

Produced by HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2021” is a newly-updated, 119-minute or 59-minute musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s, Jonkonnu and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

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The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 (One-Hour Version)

From HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS | Part of the The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 series | 59:01

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THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2021” (One-Hour Version) is a newly-revised, 59-minute compilation of musical excerpts, plus a couple of short poetry and prose readings, selected from live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions presented in six cities across the United States.

 

CHRISTMAS REVELS performances have been described as entertaining collections of country, ritual and courtly dances, wassails, carols, songs and ballads, hymns and anthems, story-telling, poetry and drama. They are made up of sacred and secular folk materials, plus some composed popular and “art” music, from traditional European, Middle Eastern and American celebrations of Christmas, The Feast Days of Saints Nicholas, Lucia, Basil and Stephen, Chanukah, the Feast of Fools, Jonkonnu, New Year's, Twelfth Night/Epiphany, and other end-of-the-year festivals, along with various cultures' hereditary observances of the Winter Solstice, some elements of which date back to pre-Christian times.

 

The music in this year's CHRISTMAS REVELS radio broadcast is almost entirely traditional, and it comes from several different cultures and eras. In medieval Britain, holiday party-goers at the castle of a wise and benevolent king sing the carol that is still sung every year – as it has been since the early Fifteen-Hundreds – when the main course, the Boar’s Head, is brought out at the annual Christmas banquet held at Queen’s College in Oxford, England. In a modest but cozy cabin in the hills of late Nineteenth-Century North Carolina, we discover the soul of America in its traditional music – shape-note hymns, Appalachian ballads and carols, and fiddle and square-dance tunes – and we join in the traditional Caribbean and African American New Year’s procession known as Jonkonnu, which features elaborate, brightly-colored costumes, music, drumming, singing and dancing, and which has become – in the southeastern United States, at least – a commemoration of the freeing of the slaves on the First of January, 1863. Irish children go from door to door in their village, re-enacting the annual “Hunting of the Wren” Winter Solstice ritual, while their parents sing a song by the legendary Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, which tells of the equally legendary excesses committed back in the Sixteenth Century during the annual Christmas festivities hosted by the Irish chieftain, Brian O’Rourke. And we accept the invitation of a troupe of commedia dell'arte players to join them on the streets of Renaissance-era Venice, Italy, where their lusty singing and dancing recall the raucous spirit of the Saturnalias of Ancient Rome, while a sacred song-setting of a Nativity poem by the most influential woman of Fifteenth-Century Italy, political strategist and writer, Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici, lends both solemnity and an uplifting quality to the occasion.

 

The enthusiastic performers heard in the program include the adult and children's choruses of each of the Revels companies, their professional brass quintets and instrumental folk-music groups and soloists, plus a distinguished line-up of featured guest artists, including award-winning traditional Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke (Portland, OR); the early-music ensemble, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band (Washington, DC); Appalachian traditional singer and clog-dancer, Suzannah Park; gospel and spirituals singer, Janice Allen; and traditional-music duo, Notorious: Eden MacAdam-Somer, fiddle, and Larry Unger, guitar and banjo (Cambridge, MA). The program is hosted by Catherine Lu, popular announcer-producer at Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas.

 

Because all of the Revels music is traditional – and accessible! – the show will fit into almost any radio format: classical, folk, AAA, world beat, eclectic or what-have-you. Last year, 102 public stations and thousands of listeners around the country enjoyed this holiday treat. We hope you'll plan to license the 2021 CHRISTMAS REVELS radio special and include it in your broadcast schedule – to the delight of your audience! – this coming Yuletide season.

Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 58:30

Sara Schneider, producer and host of Early Music Now, presents Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season, with joyful and contemplative sounds of the season. In this 1-hour holiday special, we’ll hear Byzantine chant by Kassiani, and selections from Missa Puer natus est nobis by Thomas Tallis, plus hymns and motets from Spain, Germany, and France. Our performers include The Cardinall’s Musick, Theatre of Voices, Cappella Romana, and Oltremontano.

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Please note that this special contains unique content not heard in the Early Music Now series. You are welcome and encouraged to air Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season to complement Early Music Now’s ongoing series!

About the Host, Sara Schneider

After studying musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Michigan native Sara Schneider put her love of music to work at Classical 89.5, KMFA in Austin, Texas; first as an announcer and producer, and subsequently as Music Director until 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Sara lived in Lübeck, Germany, where she researched and authored a novel, The Eagle and the Songbird

Sara has interviewed numerous early music luminaries, including Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. She is a two-time Gracie Award® winner: in 2011 she received the award for her program Michael Nyman: Motion and Emotion, and in 2018 for Her Name Shall Endure, a program about medieval woman of letters Christine de Pizan.

Sara serves on the board of Texas Early Music Project. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, and writing historical fiction.

Apollo's Fire presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 58:30

In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

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The latest holiday program from GRAMMY®-award winners Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire is a communal celebration of the American immigrant experience, sharing the spirit and history of Appalachia’s Irish and Scottish roots through music. The 35-member ensemble includes 10 children and brings a joyous concert experience with the warmth of period instruments. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, singers, and children’s voices join together to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian holiday. In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

This concert program has played to sold‐out audiences in Cleveland and has toured to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The 2018 CD release of this program was called “Festive Disc of the Year” by GRAMOPHONE, and debuted at #3 on Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (Nov. 2018). With exceptionally produced sound, inviting hosts, and deeply moving performances, this special will appeal to families and listeners young and old. The special is hosted by WFMT’s Candice Agree and conductor, harpsichordist, and Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell. The special is produced by WFMT’s Rebecca Nystedt.

Photos, concert reviews, videos, and a preview of the album can be found via these embedded links, and in the Supplemental Materials folder for the program on our website’s program page.

Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®‐award winning period‐instrument orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio. Founding director Jeannette Sorrell (also a GRAMMY® winner) has led the ensemble in sold‐out concerts at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, the Royal Theatre of Madrid, the Tanglewood Festival, the Ravinia Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Library of Congress, and more. Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to reviving the true spirit of baroque performances – not only with period instruments, but with the emotional impact the music was meant to convey. Sorrell is praised for her “inspired leadership” (THE INDEPENDENT, UK) and “revelatory performances” (OPERA NEWS). With over 16,000 YouTube subscribers and over 5 million “views,” Apollo’s Fire has a worldwide following.

 

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire and co-host of this radio special, is an award‐winning conductor and harpsichordist. Sorrell is the subject of the 2019 documentary PLAYING WITH FIRE: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting, directed by 2‐time Oscar winning director Allan Miller. The film tells the story of how Sorrell overcame various hurdles as a young woman conductor – including her job interview for the position of Assistant Conductor with The Cleveland Orchestra, when Maestro Christoph von told her he would not allow her to audition with the orchestra because “the audience in Cleveland would never accept a woman as conductor.” She has also been featured on the video‐interview series Living the Classical Life and in an hour-long live interview with audience at the Tanglewood Festival.

 

Candice Agree joined WFMT in 2013, and hosts weekday afternoons on air. She began her radio career as an intern for Howard Stern at WNBC and continued as a music host in Washington, DC (WETA) and New York City (WQXR, WNCN, WNYC, Sirius). An off-camera announcer with CBS News since 1998, she can be heard on “CBS Evening News" and “CBS Sunday Morning,” as well as "Sunday Morning on the Radio," and the "Sunday Morning" and "Mobituaries" podcasts. After studying theory and composition at Eastman School of Music, Candice received a degree in Russian from Barnard College. A Foundation for Iberian Music Contributing Scholar, her weekly program The Spanish Hour has been distributed nationally since 2010 via PRX.

 

Christmas Memories with Dee Alexander

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 58:30

Christmas is time for celebration, family, and togetherness. And although the weather outside may be cold, Dee Alexander’s music and stories are sure to keep you warm and hopeful through the holiday season. In this special, Dee shares songs that inspire celebration and spark nostalgia for the holiday, spinning classics like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song and Mahalia Jackson’s No Room at the Inn. With her impeccable selections and inviting hosting style, this special is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

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Christmas is time for celebration, family, and togetherness. And although the weather outside may be cold, Dee Alexander’s music and stories are sure to keep you warm and hopeful through the holiday season. In this special, Dee shares songs that inspire celebration and spark nostalgia for the holiday, spinning classics like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song and Mahalia Jackson’s No Room at the Inn. With her impeccable selections and inviting hosting style, this special is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Musical selections from the Temptations, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Smith, Vince Guaraldi, and more.

The special is hosted by Jazz Network host Dee Alexander, and is produced by Stacy Gerard, WFMT.

 

Dee Alexander

Producer/Host, Jazz Network

Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected vocalists/songwriters. Her musical interests span virtually every genre especially those related to the African diaspora including: Gospel, R&B, Blues, Neo-soul and other global musical forms. Her true heart and soul though, are ultimately expressed in their purest form through her explorations in “jazz”, the one idiom that can encompass all her interests and influences. Ms. Alexander gravitated toward this musical form at an early age. She names Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald among her many major influences. Chicago saxophonist “Light” Henry Huff, as well, was profoundly influential on her by encouraging the taking of risks and the crossing of boundaries, setting her on a path that has allowed her to emerge as one of the celebrated vocal improvisers on the scene today. From a sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary jazz-funk groove, a high-flying swing, or scat-filled romp, Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own.

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 58:30

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays is an hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), Michael shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays!

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The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

In February 2016, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips introduced The Film Score on WFMT, a series that celebrates great music composed for the movies. From short segments to hour-length programs, The Film Score has explored recent Academy Award-nominated scores, composer-director partnerships, as well as holiday specials dedicated to Memorial Day and Halloween. The series has generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation. 

Phillips returns with The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays, an hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), Michael shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays!

Michael Phillips is the host of The Film Score. He is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and a regular guest on “Filmspotting,” at Filmspotting.net and heard weekly on Chicago Public Radio (91.5 FM). Michael co-hosted 100 episodes of the nationally syndicated TV show “At the Movies,” opposite Richard Roeper and, later, A.O. Scott. More recently, he has introduced and hosted dozens of films for Turner Classic Movies. Prior to the Tribune he has served as a critic and an arts journalist for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the Dallas Times-Herald; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages. He loves the Bill Evans piano rendition of David Raksin’s theme from “The Bad and the Beautiful” almost as much as he loves his wife, Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, and their three children.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 58:30

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

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A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

 

This special is perfect for Chanukah, November 28 – December 6!

 

Chicago a cappella

An ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993 by Jonathan Miller, Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings as well as live and broadcast-media musical content, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.

 

With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its Chicago-based series. On tour, the group has appeared in 13 American states and in Mexico.  The ensemble has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through broadcasts distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally-syndicated Performance Today.   The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works.

 

From its inception, Chicago a cappella has been a champion of living composers. Since 1993 the group has presented more than 100 works in their world, national, or local premiere. Chicago a cappella has commissioned new music from composers including Joseph Jennings, Chen Yi, Stacy Garrop, Rollo Dilworth, Tania León, and Ezequiel Viñao.

 

Chicago a cappella is also active in educational and community engagement.  The ensemble produces an annual Youth Choral Festival for young singers from the Chicago area, and leads an innovative High School Internship program, a multi-faceted immersion for selected students in the worlds of performance and arts administration.

 

Jonathan Miller, Host and Chicago a cappella Founder and Artistic Director

Known for innovative programming of choral concerts, Jonathan Miller has guided Chicago a cappella through more than 300 performances and nine commercial CD releases since he founded the ensemble in 1993. He is the recipient of the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. When Jonathan was a teenage bass in the Chicago Children’s Choir, he was bitten hard by the choral bug. He was fortunate to be exposed to a wide range of repertoire by a remarkable group of mentors, including Christopher Moore, Lena McLin, Max Janowski, Howard Mayer Brown, Richard Proulx, John Nygro, and Anne Heider. Eager to learn research tools for choral music, Jonathan earned his doctorate in historical musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. After returning to the Chicago area, Jonathan led the choir at Unity Temple in Oak Park for nine years and began composing new music for that ensemble. Jonathan has taken a leadership role in Jewish choral music, composing, arranging, narrating programs on stage and on radio, and leading workshops at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and elsewhere. A champion and publisher of the music of the late Max Janowski, Jonathan conducted the culminating concert of the Janowski Centenary at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation; he also was the recipient of the 2013 Perelmuter Award at KAMII and was Scholar in Residence at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park, Illinois, in November 2014. Jonathan is honored to serve as high-holiday cantor for Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park. He has written more than 75 choral works in a variety of genres and languages; his music has been sung at venues including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon; his mashup Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus is a minor hit; and his series of Wacky Christmas Carols continues to mix words and tunes in new combinations. He also serves as Director of Choral Catalog at Musicnotes.com. Jonathan is married, has an adult daughter and two step-grandsons, and dotes on his English Cocker Spaniels, Higgins and Moseley.

Music of the Baroque: Brass and Choral Holiday Concert

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Holiday Specials from WFMT series | 01:58:30

The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wants to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer the Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by celebrated WFMT host Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

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The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wants to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer the Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by celebrated WFMT host Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

Music makes the holidays come alive, and through the centuries this special time of year inspired composers to new creative heights. Drawn from diverse cultures and various points in history, conductor William Jon Gray has assembled a program highlighting multifarious holiday traditions around a single unifying principle: whether in the twelfth or nineteenth centuries, in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, the Netherlands, or Spain, music gives voice to the spirit of the season.

The first half of the program draws together Giovanni Gabrieli’s sparkling “stereophonic” music for brass ensemble and ethereal choral music written for performance in the soaring churches of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Christmas music for Russian czars and the straightforward harmonies of North American music, including William Billings’s Shiloh and the Revivalist hymn “I shall be satisfied” illustrate dramatically the wealth of musical styles employed in the celebration of the holiday.

While the Christmas theme continues in the second half of the program, the repertoire becomes even more diverse. Lively instrumental dances by Tylman Susato contrast with “Adoramus te, Christe,” a sacred madrigal written by opera “inventor” Claudio Monteverdi, and Polish composer Mikolaj Zieleński’s Vidimus stella euis in Oriente. The joy of the holiday season shines through in the infectious rhythms of the medieval villancico Riu, riu chiu and A siolo flasiquiyo by the sixteenth-century Mexican composer Padilla. The program concludes on a more traditional note with Praetorius’s “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,” leaving listeners with the beautiful image of a delicate flower flourishing in the snow.

Music of the Baroque is comprised of a chorus and orchestra of approximately 60 professional musicians who individually perform around the nation and worldwide and come together in Chicago as a collective. We would love to share their exquisite music with you and your listeners this holiday season.

 


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A Cool Christmas Mix with Paul Ingles (Vol. 1)

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Music History Producer Paul Ingles gently hosts an hour of pop, rock and soul holiday music. Paul Simon, Otis Redding, Charles Brown, Pretenders, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Kinks, Shawn Colvin, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Beatles, and more. Perfect for giving your regulars time off for the holidays and treat your listeners to some of the cooler holiday tunes.

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Getting Ready for Christmas Day – Paul Simon

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown

River – Joni Mitchell

Love Came Down At Christmas – Shawn Colvin

Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding

Christmas Time In The City - Curtis and Loretta

Hannukah Oh Hannukah – Deborah Holland

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty

Father Christmas – The Kinks

2000 Miles – Pretenders

Christmas Time Is Here – Shawn Colvin

Please Come Home For Christmas – Al Green

Joy To The World – Aretha Franklin

Christmas Record Highlights – The Beatles

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon

Enchanted Christmas - Rob Williams

Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell (Series)

Produced by WILLIAM CROMWELL

Visit The Third Floor this holiday season for the best sacred and secular choral, vocal, and instrumental works from around the world and across the centuries. Each week through December, host Bill Cromwell will bring you music celebrating the season from the last thousand years.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Finale of Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell: #230

From WILLIAM CROMWELL | Part of the Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell series | 02:58:12

Ttf_xmas_pic_base_small Classical Music for Christmas through December on The Third Floor. Join host Bill Cromwell for three hours of glorious choral, vocal, and instrumental classical music for the season, including arias and choruses from Messiah, instrumental Christmas favorites with the Empire Brass and LA Guitar Quartet, plus long segments of sacred choral music from across the centuries from the great choirs of the world: King’s College, Cambridge; the Robert Shaw Chorale; the Choir of Men and Boys, St. Thomas 5th Avenue New York; The BBC Singers; the American Boychoir; Pomerium; The Elora Festival Singers; St. Olaf Choir, NY Polyphony, and many others.

A Latin Jazz Christmas Experience

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 58:33

"Ho ho ho," A mixture of Mambo, Rhumba, Latin Jazz and fun in this blend of "Christmas Season" arrangements all in this musical presentation.

Imageedit_2_5647239326_small Enjoy your Christmas break and winter holiday seaon with a little "Latin Jazz" fun. Soak in the excitment with Poncho Sanchez, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Sheila E, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, The Joe Loco Quintet, and others.

The Anatomy of A Christmas Song

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

'Tis the season and we're going dissect successful Christmas songs.

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Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas

From All Classical Public Media | 59:00

Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas.

Prx_image_small Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas . Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis

From WQXR | 01:00:44

Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas

From Capital Public Radio | 59:00

Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

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Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.  Founded in 1815, the Society is celebrating their bicentennial season, including their 400th performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”  Join Host Cale Wiggins for this program featuring music from the 15th century to the late 20th ; a Christmas for all times.

The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

From WQXR | 58:57

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional 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 jazz and lush harmonies.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here."

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the Canadian Brass made an exclusive New York appearance in The Greene Space for a festive and nostalgic program of holiday music. The event was video webcast on WQXR.org.

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.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, Christmas Time is Here.

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | Part of the 3 Holiday Music Specials Hosted by Judy Collins series | 58:40

Singing legend Judy Collins headlines the third in a series of hour-long holiday specials featuring musicians from around the country performing original holiday songs and some classics. Artists include Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tish Hinojosa and many more.

Collins4_small Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro. Ian Anderson of Jehro Tull makes a guest appearance from London. This program was distributed by NPR in 2004 and is available for the first time to all public radio outlets. It comes with an optional 5:00 content window making it newscast compatible. It includes one 60-second break opportunity midway through program. The performers include: Judy Collins ("Silent Night" and "All On A Wintry Night"); Trout Fishing in America ("I Got A Cheese Log"); Steve Earle and Maria McKee ("Nothing But A Child"); Tish Hinojosa ("Arbolito"); Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull ("Last Man At The Party"); Bill Miller ("I Saw The Star of Bethlehem"): The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits("Go Tell It On The Mountain"); Peter Case ("Fourth of July/Christmas Rag"); Jesse Colin Young ("Some Children See Him") and Lowen + Navarro ("A Song of Christmas"); The program is a follow-up to the successful specials "Do You Hear What I Hear: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins," and "Peace on Earth: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins." Both are also available at PRX (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6742) (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6766).

The Christmas Story through Carols Old and New

From Kimberlea Daggy | 59:00

New for 2012! An hour long choral music show telling the Christmas story through familiar and lesser known carols.

Holly_and_ivy_small This hour long choral music show tells the Christmas story through a variety of carols.  They range from medieval music to carols written in the last few decades.  Each set focuses on a different part of the story, from the angels to Mary and the baby, the shepherds and how they spread their joyous message.

Wind & Rhythm Christmas Special

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

Back in 1946, in the middle of a heat wave in Washington DC, the chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence dreamed up a piece of music that took him a couple of years to complete. Did you know that Leroy Anderson worked at the Pentagon at the end of World War 2? The piece he wrote, Sleigh Bells was written between his service to our country in World War 2 and his recall to active Duty for the Korean War. It was just a short time between the two conflicts, and what do you think he was thinking about?

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

A CHILD IS BORN. A SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS WITH GERI ALLEN.

From Jim Luce | 59:00

A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others.

Screen_shot_2011-11-01_at_2 From Peabody Award Winning Producer Jim Luce, A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others. Jim Luce host.

A '40s Radio Christmas

From BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM | 58:31

Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940s ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies. All of them contained a generous portion of music from swing to sentimental to religious.

Prxlogoholiday_small Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940's ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies... all of them, containing a generous portion of music, from swing to, sentimental, to religious. The decade of the 40's represents three distinct periods... continued recovery from the depression, America's entry into World War Two, and the beginning of the cold war. This was the last decade before the advent of television, and many radio performers of the 40's became household names to early television viewers. Produced by Wes Sims, "A 40's Radio Christmas" is the 2008 Gold Award winner for Best Radio Program, from the Utah Broadcasters Association.

An Elizabethan Christmas w/ the Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:14

The Rose Ensemble brings the time of the Tudors to life. Splendor, tension and intrigue, all reflected in the dark and light of tender carols, and soaring anthems. A fresh holiday program that captures the essence of the reign Elizabeth I.

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Grand candlelit halls, lavish feasts, and stately dances. Escape to the regal elegance of the Elizabethan era. The time and culture of Elizabeth I also contained tension and intrigue; dark and light. And it’s all evident in the music of their Christmas celebrations.    

The Rose Ensemble’s captures all of that in their popular holiday concert, as they reawaken the ancient with An Elizabethan Christmas. Add it to your holiday lineup, and treat your listeners to medieval carols, and motets and anthems by the beloved English Renaissance composers, Robert Parsons, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons, accompanied by lute and viola da gamba. In a couple of pieces, The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests Voces8, the vibrant young a capella group from London, for a glorious soaring sound.

In this one-hour special, you’ll hear stratospheric soprano lines, surprising harmonies, spirited poetry, and tender carols. And a brand new setting of a Tudor-era carol text by acclaimed composer Abbie Betinis. 

Captured live in concert, An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann with artistic director Jordan Sramek. 

  • Total time = 58:17
  • 1 optional mid-point break opportunity for ID or underwriting  

music rundown: 

15th century carol:  Ecce, quod natura (3:40)

15th century carol:  Hail Mary, full of grace  (3:52)

Parsons:  Ave Maria (featuring Voces8) (4:30)

Mundy: Magnificat (6:37)

Ravenscroft: Remember, O thou man (2:45) 

  • optional :03 break for local annct. 

Byrd: Sing Joyfully (featuring Voces8) (3:30)

Amner: O ye little flock/Fear not (5:35)

anon 15th century:  Lullay, lollow, lully (3:00)

Gibbons: See, See, the Word is incarnate (7:00)

Abbie Betinis (b. 1980): In this Tyme of Chrstmas (2006) (5:18)  

 

Would You Believe: Jews who wrote Christmas songs

From Allen Secher | 58:47

12 of the 25 ASCAP most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews. "Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be.

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 The ASCAP list of the 25 most popular Christmas songs includes 12 written by Jews. Billboard has similar findings. Overall, there are at least 22 Christmas songs written by Jews. Beyond Irving Berlin's well-known song, "White Christmas," the tally includes: "The Christmas Song," "Rudolph," "The Christmas Waltz," "Santa Baby," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," and even "Mistletoe" (as sung by Justin Bieber).

"Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be. The program is hosted by Allen Secher, whose lifetime of radio experience includes, most recently, "You Must Remember This," a regular feature on Montana Public Radio that explores the Great American Songbook. Secher also has a solid Judaic background 

Here We Come A-Caroling (hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the Holiday Specials series | 53:58

A cappela group Note-Riety on challenging social pressures - Flory Jagoda on keeping Sephardic singing alive - A big night for bagpipes and a military marching band - A poet, a historian, a conductor, and a vocalist share their favorite Christmas classics

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A music video by the all female a cappela group Note-Reity went viral and amplified their efforts to challenge the social pressures that were crippling their classmates. Also: Singer and accordionist Flory Jagoda is known as “the keeper of the flame” of the once rich Sephardic Jewish song tradition.  Flory sings songs she learned from her Nona -- or, grandmother -- as a child in pre-WWII Sarajevo. Her accordion also helped her escape the holocaust as a young girl.  And:  John Brodie is working tirelessly with the VMI Regimental Band and Pipes for their appearance in the Tournament of the Roses. The moment of truth will come:  can this band with bagpipes make the 110-degree wheel turn on the field? 

 

Later in the show: Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.  Poet Tim Siebles, ethnomusicologist Anne Rasumssen, conductor John Guthmiller and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:39

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

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A Mexican Baroque Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

"Because of the beauty of the music, the variety of the voices, the liveliness of the personalities and the improvisatory support of gentle instruments, the performance was engaging from beginning to end." 
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Add A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule, and your listeners will get a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story with some ancient music that sounds fresh and new today. Mexico in the 17th century was a time of great cultural and musical diversity. Those cross-currents produced church music that was infused with indigenous rhythms and dances. That colorful music is the centerpiece of this gorgeous and engaging Christmas special by the internationally-acclaimed Rose Ensemble. 

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. With rich instrumental and percussive accompaniment, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that's a far cry from the same old Christmas show. Plus a couple of surprises for the season in this one hour production.  The music is all rhythmic and tuneful and totally appealing.

Hosted by public radio veteran Tom Crann, with the Rose Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Jordan Sramek, It’s A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble.  Add this hour of beautifully performed fresh sounds for the season to your station’s holiday line-up.

complete music listings:  

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Deus in Adiutorium (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD:  Celebremos el Niño)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Atención, atención

Fray Gerónimo Gonzles: Serenissima una Noche   

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: A siolo flasiquiyo

William Tans’ur:  The Old Angels Hymn/St. Luke’s Tune/Kimbolton Tune (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: And Glory Shone Around)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Tarara tarara qui yo soy Anton
Sebastián Durón:  Al Dormir el sol

Fabien Ximeno Perez: Ay ay galeguinos.

Juan Garcia de Zéspedes: Convivando esta la Noche

Sergei Khvoshchinsky: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (The Russian Ave Maria from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: Fire of the Soul

'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 58:57

From Leontyne Price to Kate and Anna McGarrigle, the Ronettes to Middle Eastern music…

Harp_small Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock n' roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. A poet, an ethnomusicologist, a conductor, and a vocalist share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule

From PVP Media | Part of the Rivewalk Jazz series | 59:00

An all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer take the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood.

Lane_small It?s December. The days are short. And with everything to do to get ready for the holidays, they seem even shorter. Never mind. It?s time for hearth and home, and sitting by the fire with family and friends. It?s a time of 'peace on earth' even as we scramble to cross one more item off our to-do lists. Thank goodness, it is also a time for musical traditions that keep a holiday mood in the air. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, it's Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule as Jim Cullum and the Band welcome an all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer to the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood. Using his dancing feet as a percussion instrument, tap sensation Savion Glover joins cornetist Jim Cullum and drummer Eddie Torres on a highly original jazz interpretation of the holiday classic, ?The Little Drummer Boy.? A Tony Award-winning performer, Glover changed the way people think about tap with his hit, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, and his star turn 'standing in' for the animated Penguin hero in the motion picture Happy Feet. Over the years, Savion has continued his creative experiment in dance, tapping to musical forms from hip-hop and jazz to classical compositions. Our Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule Holiday Special captures a bevy of jazz legends in a holiday mood: Champion of trumpet and flugelhorn and veteran of Ellington and Basie Bands, Clark Terry offers a luscious rendition of ?The Christmas Song? (You can almost catch the scent of 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire'.) Milt "The Judge" Hinton, a legend of the jazz bass fiddle, holds forth with a genial stroll through ?Winter Wonderland.? Dick Hyman once again proves he is the 'Fred Astaire of the Keyboards' as he joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on a high-energy romp through "Jingle Bells Swing". Bechet protegee and soprano sax genius Bob Wilber sails through a playful interpretation of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", making young and old believe once more in the jolly fat man. Broadway's Carol Woods sings ?Santa Baby?, vamping it up in a sultry Eartha Kitt style. Piano man John Sheridan sets sugar plum fairies in perpetual motion, and gets a standing ovation for his original "Nutcracker Rag". Providing the perfect tree-trimming, mood-lifting sound track for holiday magic, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings through classic carols, including "We Three Kings", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Joy to the World". All in all, it is a very Cool Yule.

Soul Christmas!

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 55:39

Here are some great soul and R&B holiday winter classics. You will hear Christmas tunes from James Brown, Otis Reading, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and more.

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Christmas would not be Christmas without The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, Otis Redding, The Jackson Five, The Ronettes, James Brown, Issac Hayes and others. Deck the halls! It’s Christmas Time and it’s time for Soul and a happy good time.

Seasons Greetings let’s have a very Soul Christmas


Jingle Bell Jazz

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 53:59

Ho Ho Ho! Start out your holiday with fun Christmas Jazz Classics. They are all here in one solid hour. This musical holiday program includes: "Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Little Drummer Boy" plus others. Jingle Bell Jazz all the way today on Jazztime.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

We will jingle all the way today with classic holiday gems from Louis Armstrong , Miles Davis , Ella Fitzgerald , Dinah Washington and others.

It's “Jingle Bell Jazz ” on Jazztime !


A Christmas Gift For You

From Joyride Media | Part of the Holiday Programming Extravaganzas series | 59:00

The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs. Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.

Xmasgift_small The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs.  The All Music Guide says,  “This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged,” and Rolling Stone lists it as one of the best albums ever made.  Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine.  Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.  

365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass

From Listener Directed Productions, Inc. | 59:59

The Canadian Brass play holiday favorites in new and classic arrangements. Includes their exhilarating "Hanukkah Medley," "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," a new arrangement of "Jingle Bells" in the style of Handel -- and many other tunes for the season.

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Looking for a new way to say "Ho Ho Ho" this holiday season?

 

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" 


The Canadian Brass performs new arrangements of Christmas music along with classic versions of Christmas and Hanukkah songs they've made popular over their 30 year history.  

Meet the players, hear how they celebrate the holiday spirit 365 days a year and enjoy their fun and inspiring holiday arrangements. 
(59 minutes with an internal 60 second [optional] Break.)


End of Year Fundraising

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" is fundraising friendly for stations that are producing
an end-of-year fundraising campaign.

Sly Crooner One Hour Christmas Special

From Geoffrey Tozer | Part of the Sly Crooner series | 59:00

A Damon Runyon Christmas story set to music.

Christmascdartjpg_small In the continuing saga of Swanktown we take a short break for the Christmas holidays as Sly Crooner, your lounge companion, recalls a very special Christmas past. What makes it special is that in following their natural instincts to share the holiday spirit with those around them the three wise men of Swanktown, Good Time Charley, Dancing Dan and Sly Crooner also advance the cause of true love. Not to mention Dancing Dan stays healthy in a very toxic environment. This warm, sweet and loving holiday tale is actually a Damon Runyon story set to original swank arrangements of Christmas classics. Laughing Jingle Bells, Cool Angels We Have Heard On High, The Swank Wassail Song, Reggae Silent Night and a Latin version of We Three Kings (Los Tres Reyes) and many others are highlighted. This show is also available as two half hour episodes. Merry Christmas and a very swank New Year to you!

A Celtic Christmas

From Jefferson Public Radio | 58:55

An hour-long holiday special featuring Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley and his charming tale "Parcel from America." The program also features music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

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Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for.

Long, long before Riverdance, ordinary Irish men and women in hobnailed boots knocked sparks off the flagstone floors with jigs, reels and hornpipes, and the rafters rang with the fiery music of the fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, and the mesmerizing uilleann pipes.

Storyteller/Director Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Rego Irish Records says he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas his show Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US. His show A Saint Patrick Celebration tours from late February through mid-March; two other shows, Tomáseen Foley's Irish Times, and his one-man Lines from my Grandmother's Forehead tour throughout the remainder of the year. The Oregon Cabaret has developed a hit musical from his story Parcel From America.

The Kabbalah of Chanukah

From Russ Jennings | Part of the Days of Wonder series | 55:54

A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah!

Menorahlit_small The Kabbalah of Chanukah: An Inspirational Program for the Festival of Lights A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah! Weaving a tapestry of tales and teachings from the Kabbalah together with sacred music from around the world, this dynamic duo reveals some of the hidden treasures of this ancient spiritual tradition. This program is being offered for Chanukah programming in 2006. (Chanukah is from after nightfall on 12/15, ending at nightfall of 12/23.)

Santa's Greatest Hits

From Fred Flaxman | 58:00

Steve Jencks hosts this trip down Memory Lane featuring Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Bob Dylan, Dinah Washington, Louis Prima, Mel Torme, Mitch Miller, Tex Beneke, June Christy, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Included is a brief history of Santa Claus.

Snta_icn_small The songs include: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Night Before Christmas, Zat You, Santa Claus?, Ol' Santa Claus, What WIll Santa Claus Say?, The Christmas Song, Here Comes Santa Claus, A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus, Must Be Santa, Here Comes Santa, and Ride on Santa Ride On.

Jingle Them

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

Emmy Award winner Julie Giroux worked in Hollywood for years and her credits are formidable. When she thought of giving Christmas gifts to the high rollers in the film and television industry, she came up with a unique approach... she wrote Christmas carol arrangements, just for them. It became a Hollywood tradition and now it is becoming a wind band holiday tradition, too!
Of course, lots of people have written and arranged Christmas carols... but, not like this.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

From Monique Healing | 59:24

The Annie Moses Band’s phenomenal US, PBS debut is now available as a 1 hour Concert Special, 30 minute or as individual songs for your Radio network. Touching the depths of your listeners’ hearts with the message of Christmas with this remarkable mix of Jazz, Classical and Celtic sounds, this all-sibling group will inspire your listeners. With a breathtaking mix of holiday classics and originals performed by highly skilled Juilliard Musicians that will touch your audience like no other artists this year.

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The Annie Moses Band is a family of Juilliard trained musicians and award winning songwriters dedicated to virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex, viola, Benjamin, cello, Camille, harp/keyboard, Gretchen, violin/mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance  through musical excellence and strength of family, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

A Cowboy Christmas

From Western Folklife Center Media | 54:24

A musical and poetic celebration of Christmas from the open ranges of America's outback.

Default-piece-image-1 A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

Holiday Light: Singing Angels, Silver Bells

From William Zukof | 58:23

A diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind, one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles.

Hl1_small Holiday Light is a wonderfully diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles. The music is a delightful mix of familiar and historical songs and carols, including "Angelus ad Virginem," a popular carol from the thirteenth century; Spanish Renaissance motets and villancicos by Victoria, Guerrero, and Fernandes; early American music by William Billings; Appalachian folk songs and spirituals; and contemporary English and American carols. Featured are unique arrangements of the popular Christmas songs "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Christmas Time is Here," created especially for the Western Wind. Guest host, Roma Downey, weaves together the music with a narrative that is informative, witty, fresh and moving. Ms. Downey became a household word through her portrayal of the angel Monica in the hit CBS television series Touched by An Angel. The narration was written by Reverend K Karpen, the spiritual leader of the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew on the upper West Side of Manhattan, a well-known center of social activism. Karpen takes a relevant and charming approach to the themes and stories of Christmas that makes the events seem like they happened just yesterday.

Symphonic Holiday

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

If you’re a last minute Christmas shopper, or one who has already bought everything for the upcoming holiday you have already seen the beginning of the season that is either: as the song goes “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” or you have gotten your “Scrooge” on.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Juke In The Back #032 - R&B Christmas

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:59

The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll. So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

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The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s.  It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll.  From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys.  So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

A Latin American Christmas

From WFIU | 58:55

Warm and sunny holiday music from many Latin-American locales. A festive program for the holiday season!

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'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 28:57

It's time to rock around the Christmas tree.

Harp_small Everybody's heard Bing Crosby dream of a white Christmas and the Beach Boys harmonize about a little Saint Nick, but how about The Ronettes singing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?  Poet Tim Siebles, ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen, conductor John Guthmiller and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs share some lesser known holiday songs and explain why the music resonates with them this time of year.

A Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer

From Heidi Chang | 29:51

Experience the magic of a Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer, who weaves tales of Hawaiian holiday traditions along with his family's musical legacy.

Kaponobeamer4_small A Hawaiian Christmas with slack key master Kapono Beamer will fill your heart and soul with the Aloha spirit on Christmas Day.  He shares memories of what it was like growing up in the Beamer family, one of Hawaii's most respected musical families, and how they celebrated the holidays.  On his CD, "Great Grandmother, Great Grandson," Kapono plays music inspired by his great grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer.  She was a prominent Hawaiian songwriter in the first half of the 20th century, who was known for her exquisite melodies.

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uring this half-hour long music special hosted by Heidi Chang, Kapono also performs live, singing "Silent Night" in Hawaiian.  Hawaiian culture is based on the oral tradition.  So Kapono is passing on his family's rich cultural heritage, through his stories and music.  His island roots goes back to the 15th Century.  Kapono also talks story about music and life, and explains how his pop hit, "Only Good Times," ended up on the soundtrack of Hollywood's first big budget surf film, "Big Wednesday," directed by John Milius.

Kapono Beamer is a talented guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right.  As a member of the Beamer Brothers, one of Hawaii's most popular duos, he helped spark the Hawaiian renaissance in the 70's, creating a new contemporary Hawaiian sound.  The Beamer Brothers “Honolulu City Lights" album remains one of the most successful selling records in the history of Hawaiian music.  In 2006, Kapono’s recording, "Slack Key Dreams of the Ponomoe,” was nominated for a Grammy for Hawaiian Album of the Year.  He is a multiple winner of Hawaii's version of the Grammy Awards, known as the "Na Hoku Hanohano" Awards.

Note:  Since this music special initially aired, Kapono's grandmother, and also his mother, Nona Beamer, a gifted composer and hula master, have passed away.  But their spirit lives on through Kapono's storytelling, and the depth and beauty of his music.

To learn more about Kapono Beamer, visit his website. 

Tis the Season (half)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:56

Christmas music from jazz, to blues, to classical to world music, all introduced by artists, musicians, and writers.

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Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.  Poet Time Siebles, ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen, conductor John Guthmiller, and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burns, share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.