On-Air Highlights

Holiday Specials on FM

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 5, 2014 8:53 AM

Below is a rundown of special programs for Chanukah, Christmas, and New Years on WITF 89.5 & 93.3:

Chanukah – 

December 14 - 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Candles Burning Brightly - A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music.

Christmas –

December 24:

9:00am – 10:00am – 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.

10:00am – 12:00pm – (LIVE) 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.

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Susquehanna Chorale Christmas Special – Taped last holiday season, a new special just for WITF featuring seasonal favorites.  

1:00pm – 2:00pm - Light and Gold: the Music of Eric Whitacre - Eric Whitacre is America's most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In three, one-hour programs, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

2:00pm – 4:00pm – St.  Olaf 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.

7:00pm – 8:00pm – 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.

8:00pm – 10:00pm - 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.

10:00pm – 11:00pm – MESSIAH from WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL - Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6,000 from the greater Washington area.  The program features a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad.

11:00pm – 1:00am – Concierto Christmas Special - Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. This edition features traditional Spanish language villancicos from 18th century Cuba, 19th century Uruguay, and 17th century Ecuador.

December 25: Programs re-air in different order

9:00am – 10:00am – Susquehanna Chorale Christmas Special

10:00am – 11:00am – Light and Gold

11:00am – 12:00pm - Handel’s Messiah

12:00pm – 1:00pm – A Chanticleer Christmas

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Welcome Christmas

2:00pm – 4:00pm - A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

7:00pm –  9:00pm – Concierto Christmas Special

9:00pm – 11:00pm – St. Olaf Christmas Festival

New Year’s Day:

9:00am – 10:00am - Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday – Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-end review. It's all in their hour-long special of "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday  (Repeat)

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