Holiday programs: Celebrate the season from wherever you are

Interlochen Public Radio's classic holiday programming begins once again on Dec. 12! View the list below for on-air schedules and program descriptions. 

 

Dec. 12

Advent Voices, 5 p.m.

Take time to reflect on the season as host Lynne Warfel presents an hour of music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story and its symbolism.

IPR Presents "Messiah," 6 p.m.

Join IPR's Amanda Sewell for a look at Handel's oratorio Messiah, with the Christmas portion as Handel presented it in Dublin in 1742.

 

Dec. 13

Handel's Messiah PSO, 5 p.m.

Handel's oratorio, Messiah, is led by Robert Page and features a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Dec. 14

 

Concierto Christmas, 5 p.m.

Frank Dominguez hosts special holiday music by Spanish and Latin American composers and presented in English and Spanish with Spanish language villancicos from 18th century Cuba, 19th century Uruguay, and 17th century Ecuador.

 

Dec. 15

Celtic Sojourn, 5 p.m.

This Christmas-themed live presentation draws on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

Hollywood Holiday, 6 p.m.

Join "Saturday Cinema" host Lynne Warfel for this one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Sounds of the Season (LIVE), 7:00 p.m.

Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble and Choir, hosted live by IPR's Kate Botello with Nancy Deneen and webcast on live.interlochen.org.

 

Dec. 16

A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m.

Traditional holiday readings and music by Carson Cooman, Herbert Howells, Mack Wilberg and Morten Lauridsen.
 

A Chanticleer Christmas, 6 p.m.

An hour-long program of live-in-concert holiday music featuring Chanticleer, a 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Hosted by host Brian Newhouse.

 

Dec. 17

St. Olaf Christmas Special, 5 p.m.

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World, 7 p.m.

Enjoy holiday music from 17th-and-18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.

Echoes Sonic Seasoning, 8 p.m.

Featuring music for the season that goes beyond the traditional carols, presented in reinvented forms.

Repose Christmas Special, 10 p.m.

Join Frank Slaughter for a stress-free hour of beautiful music on the Repose Christmas Special.

 

Dec. 18

Handel's Messiah PSO, 3 p.m.

Handel's oratorio, Messiah, is led by Robert Page and features a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Advent Voices, 5 p.m.
Take time to reflect on the season as host Lynne Warfel presents an hour of music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story and its symbolism.

Show Tunes with Kate Botello, Christmas Special, 7 p.m.

It's an hour of holiday treats from all over Broadway. We'll hear tunes both jolly and sentimental, some from unexpected places. At intermission, we'll have a chat with our friend Nate Patten, who had just opened the holiday run of ELF at Madison Square Garden.

 

Dec. 19

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle, 5 p.m.

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings familiar carols along with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Hosted by Julie Amacher.

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas, 6 p.m.

This special holiday presentation brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from Venice, Milan and Naples.

 

Dec. 20

 

Hollywood Holiday, 5 p.m.

 Join "Saturday Cinema" host Lynne Warfel for this one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Traverse Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays, 6 p.m.

The decades-long Traverse City tradition continues with guest conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas returning to conduct the Symphony's holiday celebration.

 

Dec. 21

Carols and Cheer, 5 p.m.

Classical24 host Scott Blankenship and the Singers' Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season.

Welcome to Christmas, 6 p.m.

A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Hosted by John Birge.

Echoes Winter Solstace, 8 p.m.

This program features music inspired by the first Windham Hill Winter Solstice albums and Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration.

 

Dec. 22

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas, 5 p.m.

This special holiday presentation brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from Venice, Milan and Naples.

Kate's Holiday Staff Favorites, 6 p.m.

Kate Botello hosts an hour of favorite holiday tunes from the IPR staff. Tune in for everything from ancient sounds to Motown!

 

Dec. 23

A Chanticleer Christmas, 5 p.m.

An hour-long program of live-in-concert holiday music featuring Chanticleer, a 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Hosted by host Brian Newhouse.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World, 6 p.m.

Enjoy holiday music from 17th-and-18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.

 

Dec. 24

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice, 8 a.m.
 

A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays – Christmas, the Solstice, Hanukkah, St. Lucia's Day, The Feast of Fools, New Year's and Epiphany/Twelfth Night – featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 10 a.m.

"Pipedreams" host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England.

Kate's Holiday Staff Favorites, 12 p.m.

Kate Botello hosts an hour of favorite holiday tunes from the IPR staff. Tune in for everything from ancient sounds to Motown!

 

Joy to the World 4 p.m.

Pianist Bob Thompson presents the 24th annual Joy to the World from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This year Bob and his band welcome vocalist Lena Seikaly and features vocal takes on "Santa Clause is Coming to Town," "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "Santa Baby". Bob and his band also perform modern-jazz instrumental takes on holiday favorites like "I saw Three Ships" "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Angels We Have Heard on High."

 

Celtic Sojourn, 5 p.m.

This Christmas-themed live presentation draws on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

Candles Burning Brightly, 6 p.m.

Mindy Ratner hosts this one-hour celebration exploring Chanukah foods, traditional activities and plenty of music.

Chanukah in Story and Song, 7 p.m.

 An hour-long celebration by The western Wind, performing songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. 

Welcome Christmas, 8 p.m.

A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

 

 

Dec. 25

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 9 a.m.

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings familiar carols along with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Hosted by Julie Amacher.

Carols and Cheer, 10 a.m.

Classical24 host Scott Blankenship and the Singers' Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World, 11 a.m.

Enjoy holiday music from 17th-and-18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.

Classics for Christmas with Nancy Deneen, noon

St. Olaf Christmas Special, 3 p.m.

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations.

Sounds of the Season, 5 p.m.

Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble and Choir, hosted live by IPR's Kate Botello.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m.

"Pipedreams" host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England.

IPR Presents Handel's Messiah, 8 p.m.

Join IPR's Amanda Sewell for a look at Handel's oratorio Messiah, with the Christmas portion as Handel presented it in Dublin in 1742.

Carols and Cheer, 9 p.m.

Classical24 host Scott Blankenship and the Singers' Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season.

Echoes Christmas, 10 p.m.

 

Dec. 26

Messiah: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, 12 p.m.

 

Traverse Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays, 5 p.m.

The decades-long Traverse City tradition continues with guest conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas returning to conduct the Symphony's holiday celebration.

Candles Burning Brightly, 6 p.m.

Mindy Ratner hosts this one-hour celebration exploring Chanukah foods, traditional activities and plenty of music.

 

Dec. 27

A Season's Griot

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

Dec. 28

Chanukah in Story and Song

An hour-long celebration by The western Wind, performing songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.

 

Jan. 1

New Year's Day Live from Vienna, 11 a.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever-popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of 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.