Holiday

Join 88.9 WEKU and Classic 102.1 for great holiday programming, continuing through Jan. 1.  Full schedule and descriptions below.

WEKU Holiday Special Programs:
(Printable Schedule at the bottom of the page)

Sunday, November 23

7pm-8pm - Thanksgiving is for Eaters

This one-hour radio special, hosted by Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast, Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong and the new book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, is an entertaining combination of in-studio interviews, listener calls, and in-kitchen segments with food and drink experts, as well as some of public radio’s favorite personalities. You’ll learn useful tips about how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own.

Thursday, November 27

10am-11am - Giving Thanks

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. 

11am-1pm - Splendid Table - Turkey Confidential

Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program.

This year's call-in number during the "live" broadcast, 1-800-242-2828

8pm-10pm - Thanksgiving with Performance Today

Musical selections appropriate for the holiday from great orchestras around the country.

Sunday, November 30

6pm-8pm - A Paul Winter Solstice

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.

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - President's Marine Band

A special holiday presentation of the September 4, 2014 performance at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville.

Sunday, December 7

7pm-8pm - Advent Voices

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Kentucky Bach Choir

The November 8, 2014 performance at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, featuring an all-choral program including two motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, choral pieces from Elijah by Mendelssohn, sacred and secular choral works by Johannes Brahms, three English part songs, and more!

Sunday, December 14

7pm-8pm - Hanukkah Lights 2014

A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, 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.

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Lexington Philharmonic: Messiah

The annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Messiah will again feature the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists.

Saturday, December 20

9pm-10pm - Red Barn Radio Christmas

Holiday favorites from Red Barn Radio.

Sunday, December 21

7pm-8pm - Candles Burning Brightly

More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday.

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Christ Church: Nine Lessons and Carols

A special broadcast of this years’ service, recorded December 14, 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington.

Wednesday, December 24

6pm-7pm - 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8pm-10pm - Christmas Eve with Performance Today

Special Christmas Eve edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

Thursday, December 25

10am-12pm - 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.

2pm-3pm - Jonathon Winters 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.

6pm-7pm - 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.

8pm-10pm - A Performance Today Christmas

Special Christmas Day edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

Friday, December 26

7pm-8pm - A Season's Griot 2014

This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year's program will celebrate Peace with special guests Pamela Reid, Joyce Grear and the show's poet laureate, Beverly Burnette. 

10pm-11pm - An Afro Blue Christmas

A very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a cappella 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.

11pm-12am - 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, December 28

6pm-7pm - All Songs Considered for the Holidays          

It's the fourth edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.

7pm-8pm - Christmas with Morehouse & Spelman

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

8pm-9pm - Christ Church Cathedral: Messiah

The 24th annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. Presented in the beauty of Lexington's Christ Church Cathedral, this is the essential Christmas music experience. The Lexington Baroque Ensemble, guest soloists and the Cathedral’s boy, girl and men’s choirs join forces under the direction of Canon Musician Erich Balling. Christ Church Cathedral offered the first Lexington performance of this work. Today, it is considered by many to be the premier performance of its kind in the city.

Wednesday, December 31

8pm-9pm - Capitol Steps

They put the "mock" in democracy. Join Capitol Steps for a hilarious holiday special.

9pm-4am - Toast of the Nation

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, January 1

2pm-3pm - Capitol Steps

They put the "mock" in democracy. Join Capitol Steps for a hilarious holiday special.

Sunday, January 4

7pm-8pm - Selected Shorts Holiday Gift Set

"Selected Shorts" offers a selection of seven special episodes this holiday season featuring marquee guests hosts, like Cynthia Nixon, who hosts two programs devoted to James Joyce's most memorable story, "The Dead." Enjoy these classic short stories narrated by some of the most talented actors from stage, screen and television!

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage: Lexington Philharmonic Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

A special holiday presentation of the 2013-14 season finale concert on May 16, 2014 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.


 

 

Classic 102.1 Holiday Special Programs:

Thursday, November 27

9am-10am - Thanksgiving with the Cantus Ensemble

Alison Young is joined by Cantus, one of America's best all-male ensembles, for singing and storytelling about gratitude and what it is to be thankful.

10am-12pm - Giving Thanks

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. 

5pm-7pm - Performance Today Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving selections from great orchestras around the country.

Friday, November 28

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Marine Band

A special holiday presentation of the September 4, 2014 performance at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville.

Friday, December 5

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage – Kentucky Bach Choir

The November 8, 2014 performance at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, featuring an all-choral program including two motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, choral pieces from Elijah by Mendelssohn, sacred and secular choral works by Johannes Brahms, three English part songs, and more!

Friday, December 12

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Lexington Philharmonic Messiah

The annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Messiah will again feature the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists.

Saturday, December 13

8pm-9pm - A Jazz Classics Christmas – 1

Jazz Christmas classics hosted by Roger Chesser.

Friday, December 19

8pm-10pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Christ Church Cathedral: Nine Lessons & Carols

A special broadcast of this year's service, recorded December 14, 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington.

Saturday, December 20

8pm-9pm - A Jazz Classics Christmas – 2

Jazz Christmas classics hosted by Roger Chesser.

9pm-10pm - 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, December 24

10am-12pm - Nine Lessons & Carols from King's College Cambridge

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.

12pm-2pm - Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the season with a performance of Handel's Messiah. Betsy Burleigh conducts the orchestra, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall. 

2pm-3pm - Christmas with Morehouse & Spelman

3pm-5pm - 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

5pm-7pm - Christmas Eve with Performance Today

Special Christmas Eve edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

7pm-8pm - Christmas Eve with Bill McLaughlin

Exploring Music's Bill McLaughlin presents holiday favorites

8pm-9pm - A Baroque Christmas in the New World

In celebration of the holiday season, A Baroque Christmas in the New World brings music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya — most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand.

9pm-4am - Christmas Jazz

Christmas jazz favorites for your overnight listening pleasure.

Thursday, December 25

12pm-1pm - 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. Featuring the finest international soloists, from the US and abroad.

1pm-2pm - A Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is a 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.

2pm-3pm - Welcome Christmas 

3pm-5pm - 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.

5pm-7pm - Performance Today Christmas

Special Christmas Day edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

7pm-8pm - Bill McLaughlin Christmas

Holiday selections from Exploring Music host, Bill McGlaughlin.

8pm-9pm - 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. Featuring the finest international soloists, from the US and abroad.

9pm-10pm - Light & 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 this holiday special, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

10pm-4am - Christmas Jazz

Christmas jazz favorites for your overnight listening pleasure.

Friday, December 26

8pm-9pm - Christ Church Cathedral - Messiah

The 24th annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. Presented in the beauty of Lexington's Christ Church Cathedral, this is the essential Christmas music experience. The Lexington Baroque Ensemble, guest soloists and the Cathedral’s boy, girl and men’s choirs join forces under the direction of Canon Musician Erich Balling. Christ Church Cathedral offered the first Lexington performance of this work. Today, it is considered by many to be the premier performance of its kind in the city.

Wednesday, December 31

8pm-10pm - A Paul Winter's Solstice

Once again on the darkest night of the year, NPR Music presents the illuminating tradition From New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine: the 33nd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, with The Paul Winter Consort and special guests plus the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.

Thursday, January 1

11:00am-1pm - New Year's Day from Vienna

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston.

5pm-7pm - Performance Today New Year's

A Special New Year's Day edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

Friday, January 2

8pm-9pm - Kentucky Center Stage - Lexington Philharmonic Beethoven Ninth Symphony

A special holiday presentation of the 2013-14 season finale concert on May 16, 2014 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.