Holiday Specials 2012
Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Hanukkah Lights 2012
Features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. A Christmas Carol
Rebroadcast of IPR’s radio drama, recorded live in December 2009 at Pruis Hall at Ball State University.
Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Welcome, Christmas!
A perennial broadcast favorite, featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble VocalEssence, directed by Philip Brunelle.
Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
One of the great holiday traditions in America — two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation — get together to present a spine-tingling concert program.
Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. Festivo Alt. Latino
Latin American holiday traditions often reflect both indigenous and European roots with distinct characteristics that are often only similar in the language used.
Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life
Rebroadcast of IPR’s radio drama, recorded live on December 1, 2012 at Pruis Hall at Ball State University.
Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
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.
Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival
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.
Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The live evesong service from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England.
Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico
The award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul’s Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance.
Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. A Chanticleer Christmas
From England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols — as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir.
Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. Christmas Music All Through the Night
Dec. 25 at 7 a.m. Christmas Music from the IPR Library
Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. Echoes of Christmas
Brian Newhouse hosts material from the archives of The Dale Warland Singers’ Christmas concerts.
Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. New Year’s Day from Vienna
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.
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