Holiday Specials

Listen to Valley Public Radio this holiday season for a special collection of holiday programs that are sure to bring the spirit of the season into your home. Check back soon for the latest additions to our lineup of holiday specials.

TUESDAY 12/16

2 pm - HANUKKAH LIGHTS 2014
A perennial NPR favorite with new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Lesley Hyatt, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle." Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

WEDNESDAY  12/17

10 am - LEROY ANDERSON CHRISTMAS
Hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, this special features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra.  Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

2 pm – TINSEL TALES I
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season, hosted by Lynn Neary.

8 pm – AN AFRO BLUE CHRSITMAS
Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

THURSDAY 12/18

10 am – THE NUTCRACKER
Told by Kevin Kline, the famous ballet by Tchaikovsky, performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, David Zinman conducting. The text is by Joel Meyerowitz.

2 pm - TINSEL TALES II
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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Featured Stories:

·         Santa Claus, Private Eye (Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco)

·         Pass The Fois Gras: Christmas Menu Hard To Digest (Firoozeh Dumas)

·         A 'Silent Night' That Brought Healing (Steve Banko)

·         The Christmas Club (Bill Harley)

·         All I Wanted For Christmas (NPR staffers)

·         Christmas Gift Records (The Ban-Smo Label)

·         The Night Before Christmas, Latin Style (Read by NPR's Claudio Sanchez)

·         The Designated Celebrator (Melinda Shoaf)

·         Christmas Truce (Historian Douglas Brinkley)

·         Wolf Christmas (Daniel Pinkwater)

FRIDAY  12/19

10 am – JONATHAN WINTERS’, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

2 pm - TINSEL TALES 3
Listeners tune to NPR for holiday stories of all kinds; funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Hear the latest version of evergreen delights while driving to the mall, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling fire. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8 pm - WINTER SOLSTICE SPECIAL (2 hours)
Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's All New 34th Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.

SATURDAY  12/20

7 pm - A JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS XXX
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

SUNDAY 12/21

9 am – SUNDAY BAROQUE (3 hours)
As you and your family are making final preparations for the Christmas holiday – last minute shopping, wrapping gifts, or traveling to your holiday destination -- Sunday Baroque will celebrate with warm and meaningful holiday music from a much simpler time, including selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO.

12:06 pm – IN THE MODE HOLIDAY SPECIAL
FM89’s Kristina Herrick hosts an early music special celebrating the holiday season.

MONDAY 12/22

10 am – A JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS XXX
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

2pm – THE NUTCRACKER
Told by Kevin Kline, the famous ballet by Tchaikovsky, performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, David Zinman conducting. The text is by Joel Meyerowitz.

TUESDAY 12/23

10 am - AN ELIZABETHAN CHRISTMAS WITH THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
The Rose Ensemble sings touching carols, soaring anthems, including a performance of Parson’s Ave Maria in collaboration with London’s a cappella group Voces 8.

2 pm – TBA

8 pm – A JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS XXX
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

WEDNESDAY 12/24

10 am - CHRISTMAS WITH MOREHOUSE AND SPELMAN GLEE CLUBS
One of the great holiday traditions in America, these choirs get together to present a spine-tingling concert program, a mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

3 pm – JONATHAN WINTERS’, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

THURSDAY 12/25

1 pm - HANDEL’S MESSIAH
The Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; John Rutter, conductor; Joanne Lunn, soprano; Melanie Marshall, mezzo-soprano; James Gilchrist, tenor; Christopher Purves, baritone. 

WEDNESDAY 12/31

7 pm – TOAST OF THE NATION
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.

THURSDAY 1/1/14

8 am – NEW YEAR’S DAY 2015
Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! Join us for this traditional start to the New Year,  with the timeless music of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live on the radio. 

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