On-Air Highlights

Christmas on witf 89.5/93.3

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 2, 2013 8:00 AM
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witf will broadcast a variety of spoken-word and music programs to get you in the holiday spirit spread across our schedule December 23 to 25.  This is the schedule for witf FM.  You may find Christmas specials on witf TV here.

December 23

9:00am – 10:00am – Tinsel Tales from NPR - Features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  This special includes the ever popular Santaland Diaries from David Sedaris.  Repeats at 7:00pm

December 24

9:00am – 10:00am – Tinsel Tales 2 - Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, 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.

10:00am – 12:00pm – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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 service of Biblical readings and music.  This program will be carried live, with a repeat available on Christmas Day. 

12:00pm – 2:00pm – A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Direct from the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, a Celtic celebration of the season, with top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from host Brian O’Donovan.

2:00pm – 3:00pm – A Centennial Ceremony of Carols - A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned British composer Benjamin Britten through his beloved choral music for the holidays.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Welcome Christmas - It’s an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence, and hosted for the fifteenth year by APM’s John Birge.

7:00pm – 9:00pm – St. Olaf’s Christmas Festival - A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

9:00pm – 12:00am – Handel’s Messiah - 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.

December 25

9:00am – 10:00am – A Chanticleer Christmas – A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media’s one-hour 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.

10:00am – 12:00pm – A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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 service of Biblical readings and music.

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Christmas with Madrigalia - a Rochester-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. Now in its 36th concert season, Madrigalia delights audiences of all ages with diverse choral repertoire spanning the centuries and exploring many styles.

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Glad Tiding of Great Joy - Christmas comes early this year with an exceptional program, taking us from medieval England and Germany to baroque London and Leipzig with the music of Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach. From the glorious cathedral chant, Veni Emmanuel, to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, this program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from northern Europe.

2:00pm – 4:00pm – A Journey Through the Nutcracker - Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story – and the music – unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Tinsel Tales from NPR - This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  This special includes the ever popular Santaland Diaries from David Sedaris.  

8:00pm – 9:00pm - Tinsel Tales 2 - NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, 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.

9:00pm – 11:00pm – A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – Direct from the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, a Celtic celebration of the season, with top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from host Brian O’Donovan.

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