On-Air Highlights

Christmas Specials on WITF

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 7, 2017 1:14 PM
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Stay tuned to WITF for a variety of Christmas themed programs. Here is a rundown of specials to enjoy this holiday season:

Monday, December 11
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass #115 - 12:00 pm
Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. Paul's showstopper kranskake is a spectacular tower of delicate rings.

Tuesday, December 12
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass #215 - 12:00 pm
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

Bucknell Candlelight Christmas - 9:00 pm
Lessons and Carols, returns to public television. Rooke Chapel, set on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, makes for an evocative setting in A BUCKNELL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS. The program opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers. This holiday special also highlights the uplifting power of congregational singing, with performances of sacred music and familiar carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Go Tell it On the Mountain," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World."

Wednesday, December 13
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass #315 - 12:00 pm
Watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l'orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Thursday, December 14
Festival of Carols with Sylvia McNair - 12:00 PM
Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair joins the 150-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Chamber Orchestra at The Palladium at The Center for The Performing Arts for the 25th anniversary of the holiday favorite FESTIVAL OF CAROLS WITH SYLVIA MCNAIR. The annual concert is one of the largest holiday performances in Indianapolis.

Friday, December 15
32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant - 12:00 PM
A winter wonderland, familiar carols, a new multidimensional urban streetscape, elegant promenades, a twist on the Tchaikovsky tradition, and fresh musical selections guide viewers along a sleigh bell journey.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season's cross-cultural spectacular features the world's leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

Sunday, December 17
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass #515 - 7:00 pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Monday, December 18
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (repeat) - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, December 19
Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candelight Service - 12:00 pm
Experience the beauty of Weber Chapel bathed in the glow of 1,500 candles. The program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together on the campus of Susquehanna University in historic Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania to celebrate 50 years of a cherished tradition: Susquehanna University's annual Christmas candlelight service, which was first held on December 15, 1966.

Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candelight Service (repeat) - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20
Bucknell Candlelight Christmas (repeat) - 12:00 pm

Friday, December 22
Christmas at Belmont - 9:00 pm
Join Grammy-winning host Sheryl Crow and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children's Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

Sunday, December 24
Christmas at Concorida: Gather us in - 12:00 pm
Under the artistic leadership of world renowned composer and conductor Rene Claussen, four hundred student musicians perform in front of an original mural measuring nearly 200 feet wide. The hour-long program explores through song the themes of virtue in the community, including tolerance, compassion, and unity. Music includes traditional favorites like "Silent Night" and "I Saw Three Ships" to an original composition by Rene Claussen. The Concordia College choirs and instrumental ensembles performing in the special include:

Holidays at Murray State - 1:00 pm
The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

Holiday Handbells - 2:00 pm
The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present the sequel to their critically acclaimed holiday special, One Winter Evening at Meymandi. HOLIDAY HANDBELLS runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmasscore and other sounds of the season. Highlights include: a lighthearted take on "Flight of the Bumblebee," the solemn French carol "Pat-a-pan," "March of the Toys" from the operetta Babes in Toyland, Chopin's "Valse Brilliante," and an instrumental version of "Silent Night." In between, director and conductor David Harris explains the centuries-old history of handbells, the variety of bells and bell-like instruments used, and the teamwork required to perform a piece.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival - 3:00 pm
Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Love Divine draws viewers into the story of a long-awaited child a king of glory born into the humblest of circumstances. A story that changed human history. This program of sacred Christmas music presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois celebrates "Love Divine" the love of God, made manifest through the birth of Jesus Christ. Join the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Women's Chorale and guest artist Claire Holley for a selection of pieces spanning the centuries, including "Wolcum Yole," "A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Gloria."

Christmas with the Duttons - 4:00 pm
A joyful affair full of song, dance, comedy, and surprises with cultural influences from the holiday season all over the world! With three generations of family performing The Duttons pull out the stops with everything from Celtic fiddles and Christmas classics, to beautiful orchestrations and modern arrangements. This is a Christmas broadcast full of magic that demonstrates the love that these entertainers have for this amazing time of year.

Christmas on the Danube - 5:00 pm
Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits theses cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Purdue 83rd Anniversary Christmas Show - 6:00 pm
Features musical highlights from the full two-hour show. The first act of this fast-paced high-energy production features holiday favorites from Purdue Musical Organizations ensembles including University Choir, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, the Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. The second half features sacred music performed by the combined choirs of Purdue Musical Organizations.

Bucknell Candelight Christmas (repeat) - 7:00 pm

Happy Holidays from the Boston Pops - 11:00 pm
The best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including "Christmas Canticles" and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Filmed at historic Symphony Hall in Boston, the show features several special segments, including a performance by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. Country superstar Sara Evans sings songs from her 2014 holiday album "At Christmas," and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with musical accompaniment. Of course, no Holiday Pops concert would be complete without the orchestra's signature rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," a piece written expressly for the Boston Pops, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.

Monday, December 25

Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candelight Service (repeat) - 12:00 pm

Chrsistmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (repeat) - 1:00 pm

Christmas at Belmont (repeat) - 2:00 pm

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