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2022 Holiday Program Schedule

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Thursday, 12/15/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
Welcome Christmas!
An hour of joyful, classic holiday music from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, singing traditional carols and new discoveries.

Friday, 12/16/22
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.                            WSHU-FM
WSHU seasonal music
Selections made by WSHU’s music staff, including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

10 p.m. to 12 a.m.                           WSUF
Profiles in Folk: Songs of the Season
This is a program of folk and acoustic music for Hanukah, Judaism’s “Festival of Lights”, along with mostly secular works for Christmas and the coming Winter Solstice that range from the sublime to the serious.

Sunday, 12/18/22
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.                              WSHU-FM
A Victorian Christmas with David Bouchier                            
Join David Bouchier for the annual Victorian Christmas Show — an afternoon of seasonal music and stories about the traditions, myths and entertainments of Christmas a century and more ago.

Monday, 12/19/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
Hanukkah Lights 2022
This NPR favorite returns with the best of the best Hanukkah Lights stories from the last 30 years. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.   WSHU-FM
A Chanticleer Christmas
This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, 12/20/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                             WSHU-FM
An Afro Blue Christmas
A very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere, a-cappella vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. They perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico (NPR)
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. Hear the group’s luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

Wednesday, 12/21/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
Candles Burning Brightly (APM)
A delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights! Lots of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus a hilarious lesson on how to prepare a classic Chanukah dish, and a timeless and touching holiday story that brings light into every home.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs (NPR)
The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation, get together to present 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.

Thursday, 12/22/22
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
Handel’s Messiah                                                           
WSHU’s Lauren Rico presents a wonderful performance of Handel’s Messiah with John Rutter conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Singers and soloists.

Friday, 12/23/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
All Is Bright
All Is Bright is an hour of contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism using sacred choral music grouped in a way to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
Festivo AltLatino with Cantigas (NPR)
This special holiday concert features the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas and the many rich styles of Latino choral music. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures

10 p.m. to 12 a.m.                               WSUF
Profiles in Folk: The Christmas Story in Folk Music
Our annual show tracing the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the Angel Gabriel’s proclamation to Mary, through Christianity’s season of Advent, to the Nativity in a Bethlehem manger, then to Epiphany and the march of the Magi, following the star in the East to Bethlehem, to pay homage to the Newborn King. It’s a story that begins in darkness and ends in reaffirming light for all humankind.

Saturday, 12/24/22
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.                             WSHU-FM
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (APM)
An encore presentation of the world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast, recorded live, of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music, presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.                             ALL STATIONS
A Merry Little Christmas Carol
Based on the timeless tale by Charles Dickens, Westport Country Playhouse’s A Merry Little Christmas Carol is a tale perfect for the radio, and through its magic, we bring to life the greatest miser of all time, Ebenezer Scrooge; the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future; and along the way we find the true spirit of Christmas.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                              WSHU, WSUF
Thistle & Shamrock
Enjoy the rich acoustic instruments and voices of the festive season, with tales of tradition, rhymes of remembrance, and the unique flavors of a Celtic Christmas.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.                              WSHU, WSUF
Acoustic Connections
On the Christmas Eve edition of AcousticConnections, we'll hear acoustic arrangements of familiar carols, as well as songs that express the hope for peace in the years to come.

Sunday, 12/25/22
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM    
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.                               WSUF-FM
Sunday Baroque
Make Sunday Baroque part of your Christmas Day when host Suzanne Bona brings carols that date back to the baroque era and earlier, joyful baroque Christmas Concertos, music inspired by the arrival of the Winter Solstice and engaging tidbits of holiday lore.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM    
A Victorian Christmas with David Bouchier      
Join David Bouchier for the annual Victorian Christmas Show — an afternoon of seasonal music and stories about the traditions, myths and entertainments of Christmas a century and more ago.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WSUF, WSHU-AM, WYBC
A Merry Little Christmas Carol
Based on the timeless tale by Charles Dickens, Westport Country Playhouse’s A Merry Little Christmas Carol is a tale perfect for the radio, and through its magic, we bring to life the greatest miser of all time, Ebenezer Scrooge; the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future; and along the way we find the true spirit of Christmas.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WSHU, WSUF
An Echoes Winter Solstice
John Diliberto creates a soundscape of snow-shrouded trees, silent saguaro cacti and white-out conditions. It’s a winter fantasy with no Christmas carols, but a sleigh-full of music taking you into the celestial and chilled side of the season.

8 p.m to 10 p.m. WSHU, WSUF
A Slow Flow Seasonal Echoes
In an all-instrumental program, we create a winter soundscape. We play music inspired by the season in all its quiet majesty and interior warmth.

11 p.m. to 12 a.m.                            WSHU-FM, WSUF
A Paul Winter Solstice (NPR)
Celebrate the return of the sun - and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's 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 a performance of The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.

Monday, 12/26/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
A Season’s Griot  (PRX)
This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party  (WQXR/PRX)
Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also shares jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel.

Tuesday, 12/27/22
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU-FM
St. Olaf Christmas Festival  (APM)
This festival began in 1911 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota as a simple service in word and song for students, faculty, friends and family. It has grown to include more than 500 student musicians who share their gifts with more than 12,000 audience members at the four live concerts, with sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African-American spirituals.

Wednesday, 12/28/22
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.                               WSHU- FM
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Kate Remington presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in a stellar performance with the Dresden Chamber Choir, soloists and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Thursday, 12/29/22
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.                                 WSHU-FM
An Afro Blue Christmas (NPR)
A very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere, a-cappela vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. They perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.

Friday, 12/30/22
10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Profiles in Folk: A Toast to the New Year
We’re popping the cork a day early, but this edition of Profiles offers two hours of traditional and contemporary folk music and ritual songs sung and played around the world to celebrate the passing of the Old Year and to greet the arrival of the New Year.

Saturday, 12/31/22
9 p.m. to 10 p.m. WSHU, WSUF
Acoustic Connections
The turning of the year is a time to contemplate the past and look forward to new beginnings. AcousticConnections celebrates New Year's Eve with songs about that age-old tradition.