Holiday

WEKU Holiday Schedule
(scroll down for Classic 102.1 Holiday Programs and printable schedule)

 

Sunday, November 22

7pm - 8pm    Thanksgiving is for Eaters
Would you like to spend Thanksgiving with Mo Rocca, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Krulwich? Well unfortunately, you can't. But listening to this one-hour radio special, hosted by Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast and Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong, is the next best thing.

Thursday, November 26
         
10am – 11am    The Science of Gratitude
What are you grateful for? It's a more important question than you might think. "The Science of Gratitude" is a 1-hour program that explores how feeling grateful may be the true key to healthy and happiness. The program is Narrated by the Academy Award-winning Susan Sarandon.

11am – 12pm    America’s Test Kitchen: True Stories from The Butterball Turkey Hotline

12pm – 2pm      The 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. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

8pm – 10pm     Performance Today

Sunday, November 29  
    
6pm – 7pm    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.

7pm – 9pm    A Paul Winter Solstice
Celebrate the Return of the Sun -- and the Warming of the Earth with an exuberant Feast of Sound captured live in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts this all new performance, featuring the Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Danny Rivera -- the "National Voice of Puerto Rico”, and Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature percussion and dance ensemble.

Sunday, December 6        

7pm – 8pm    Chanukah in Story and Song
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.

Sunday, December 13          

7pm – 8pm     Hanukkah Lights 2015
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by Kathryn Blume, Leah Lax, Eric Kimmel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Jonathan Safran Foer as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

8pm – 10pm    Kentucky Center Stage:  Christ Church Messiah

Sunday, December 20  
    
7pm – 8pm     Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink
The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro, and co-produced by OPB and Murray Street Productions.

8pm – 9pm     Kentucky Center Stage:  Christ Church - Lessons & Carols

Thursday, December 24
         
6pm – 7pm    Tinsel Tales 3 
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8pm – 10pm     Christmas Eve with Performance Today

Friday, December 25 
         
10am – 12pm    A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) 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’ 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.
   
6pm – 7pm     The World - Christmas

7pm – 8pm     A Dinner Party Christmas
A special episode of The Dinner Party Download stuffed with holiday goodness--Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels, the "DMC" of Run DMC, riffs on his mega-hit "Christmas in Hollis" - and on the tenderness of Charlie Brown ... TV's "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (but don't mess with his decadent cheese toasty) ... Humorist Fran Lebowitz keeps the season from getting too sappy with very tart etiquette tips ... And chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis craft a Yuletide playlist, featuring crazy relatives and, even crazier, David Bowie's "Labyrinth." You'll also hear winning remembrances of both The Star Wars Holiday Special – arguably the worst show ever on TV – and of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, courtesy of star Beverly D'Angelo. Plus, a tale of Santa's whereabouts ... during the Iranian Revolution. Featuring good cheer and comic relief, the episode's a perfect companion to the hectic and happy holiday season. Join us, won't you?

9pm – 10pm     An Afro Blue Christmas
Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut.  Hear the a-cappela group perform 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.

10pm -11pm     Jazz Piano Christmas XXXI
NPR Music brings you another great concert from Kennedy Center. Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, and Carmen Staaf perform their favorite holiday songs in a program hosted by Felix Contreras.

11pm – 5am     Overnight Christmas Jazz
            
Sunday, December 27

6pm – 7pm     All Songs Considered for the Holidays
It's the lucky seventh edition of a weird 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. Hear renditions of great holiday music you’ll never hear at the mall or your mother’s house.

7pm – 8pm     Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
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     Kentucky Center Stage:  The Lexington Philharmonic - Vivaldi Gloria and Messiah

Thursday, December 31
         
8pm -9pm     Capitol Steps

9pm – 4am    Toast of the Nation
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long 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, contributing something new to the musical feast. 8 hours of music will start at 9pm EST and continue throughout the night until 5am.  It will sound live and in the moment but will actually be all on tape. Listeners won’t know the difference when they hear the energy infused live concert recordings of Wynton Marsalis, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.  More bands TBA soon.  Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton.

Friday, January 1 
         
2pm – 3pm     Capitol Steps

Sunday, January 3

7pm – 8pm     Selected Shorts: Holiday Gift Set
"Selected Shorts" offers a selection of four special episodes this holiday season featuring marquee guests hosts, like David Sedaris. Delight your listeners with these classic short stories narrated by some of the most talented actors from stage, screen and television!

8pm – 10pm     Kentucky Center Stage: Carnegie Hall Live, Bach & Brandenburg

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Classic 102.1 Holiday Schedule

Thursday, November 26

9am – 10am    Thanksgiving with the Cantus Ensemble
Cantus is one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music, and food.

10am – 12pm    Giving Thanks    
Christopher Kimball, host of  America's Test Kitchen takes us to his Vermont farm for a New England Thanksgiving, and to talk about the experiences for which he's most grateful. Stephen Hough, world famous concert pianist, composer, prize-winning poet, and MacArthur genius, shares his wonderful essay "Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving" which he wrote for the London Telegraph, and we'll hear an excerpt from his favorite Thanksgiving author Willa Cather, plus his new Grieg album. Also, Patrick Stewart reads autumn poems from John Keats and Antonio Vivaldi.

5pm – 7pm    Performance Today Thanksgiving    
                
Friday, December 11

8pm – 10pm     Kentucky Center Stage:  Christ Church Messiah    
                
Saturday, December 12

7pm – 9pm     A Jazz Classics Christmas - 1    

Friday, December 18

8pm – 10pm    Kentucky Center Stage:  Christ Church - Lessons & Carols    
                
Saturday, December 19

7pm – 9pm     A Jazz Classics Christmas - 2  
 
9pm – 10pm     A Jazz Piano Christmas XXXI    
 NPR Music brings you another great concert from Kennedy Center. Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, and Carmen Staaf perform their favorite holiday songs in a program hosted by Felix Contreras.
            
Thursday, December 24

10am – 12pm   A  Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (live)
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) 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     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.

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    

7pm – 8pm     Christmas Eve with Bill McLaughlin    

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

10pm – 4am    Christmas Jazz    
                
Friday, December 25

12pm – 1pm     Messiah from Washington National Cathedral    

1pm – 2pm     A Chanticleer Christmas    
A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

2pm – 3pm     Welcome Christmas    
Enjoy this perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.  

5pm – 7pm     Performance Today Christmas    

7pm – 8pm     Bill McLaughlin Christmas    

8pm – 10pm     Kentucky Center Stage:  Lexington Philharmonic - Vivaldi Gloria and Messiah    
                
Thursday, December 31

8pm – 10pm     A Paul Winters Solstice    
Celebrate the Return of the Sun -- and the Warming of the Earth with an exuberant Feast of Sound captured live in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts this all new performance, featuring the Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Danny Rivera -- the "National Voice of Puerto Rico”, and Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature percussion and dance ensemble.

Friday, January 1

11am – 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. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

5pm - 7pm     Performance Today New Year's            

8pm – 10pm    Kentucky Center Stage:  Carnegie Hall Live, Bach Brandenburg