Holiday Specials

Nov 20, 2017

The holiday season is upon us.  At KWBU we're adding some seasonal specials to the line up.  

December 13                    

8pm                       Hanukah Lights - A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

9pm                       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.

December 14   

Credit Joani Livingston

11am         Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas - This KWBU production has become a favorite of many listeners and we are happy to bring this program back to our holiday schedule. The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends making memories and for starting traditions.  Join KWBU for a Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas…a program featuring music of the season along with delightful conversation between Award winning songwriter of Contemporary Christian music, Kurt Kaiser and his daughter Kris. 

December 15                      

7pm                       All Songs for the Holidays - Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the north pole.            

December 17                       

3pm                       All Songs for the Holidays (rpt)

December 18                       

8pm                       Jonathan 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. 

December 19                       

8pm                       Messiah from the PSO - 

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression. Handel's celebration of the human response to the divine will lift spirits and provide the perfect start to the holiday season.

Jim Cunningham is your host for this very special presentation of Messiah

December 20                      

8pm                       Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas - This KWBU production has become a favorite of many listeners and we are happy to bring this program back to our holiday schedule. The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends making memories and for starting traditions.  Join KWBU for a Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas…a program featuring music of the season along with delightful conversation between Award winning songwriter of Contemporary Christian music, Kurt Kaiser and his daughter Kris. 

9pm                        In Italia:A Renissance Christmas from Venice, Naples, Milan and Beyond 2017 - In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special holiday edition of Harmonia brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffurius, and southerly to the Naples of Diego Ortiz.

December 21                       

10am                       Messiah PSO (rpt)

8pm                         Paul Winter 36th Winter Solstice  - Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's 2014 encore 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

December 22  

11am                      Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas -  This KWBU production has become a favorite of many listeners and we are happy to bring this program back to our holiday schedule. 

Credit Joani Livingston

The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends making memories and for starting traditions. 

Join KWBU for a Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas…a program featuring music of the season along with delightful conversation between Award winning songwriter of Contemporary Christian music, Kurt Kaiser and his daughter Kris.  

7pm                       Conceirto Christmas - Concierto is the nation’s first bilingual classical music program presented in English and in Spanish. This new holiday edition of the program features a broad range of sacred and seasonal selections, spanning from Renaissance Spain to the 20th century in South America and the U.S. Southwest. 

There is also holiday music from the Baroque era in Mexico and Cuba, as well as traditional carols in fresh settings by artists such as clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, pianist Gabriela Montero, guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, and tenors Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Flórez singing sacred selections.

9pm                       Afro Blue Christmas - Here's a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela 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.

December 23                        

2pm                       Festivo Alt Latino

NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 2014 edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The many rich styles of Latino choral music will unite listeners through the joyful and trans-formative power of music. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

5pm                       Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

6pm                       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.

7pm                       I Hear America Singing Holiday 2017

8pm                       Tinsel Tales 4 - In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. 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.

9pm                       Jazz Piano Christmas - Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert hosted by Felix Contreras, highlighting the favorite seasonal music of four acclaimed performers. Winner of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition Helen Sung and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen return to the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, along with Brazilian virtuoso Abelita Mateus and Cajun blues master Marcia Ball.

December 24    

3pm                      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                 

7pm                      Jonathan Winter's - A Christmas Carol

8pm                      Messiah with PSO

10pm                   Classical Christmas

December 25                   

Mid – 2p             CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

2pm                     Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas -  

Credit Joani Livingston

This KWBU production has become a favorite of many listeners and we are happy to bring this program back to our holiday schedule. The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends making memories and for starting traditions.  Join KWBU for a Sharing Traditions and Carols of Christmas…a program featuring music of the season along with delightful conversation between Award winning songwriter of Contemporary Christian music, Kurt Kaiser and his daughter Kris.  

3pm                       Jonathan Winter's - A Christmas Carol

4pm                       Celtic Christmas Sojourn

5pm                       Tinsel Tales 4

6pm                       Jazz Piano

7pm                       Joy to the World : A Holiday  in Pink 

8pm                       Concerito Christmas (2hrs)

December 26                                 

8pm                  The Earth is Our Home

9pm                  Seasons 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.