Holiday Specials on WPSU-FM

Dec 18, 2017

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Join us for these seasonal specials on WPSU-FM!

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Jazz Piano Christmas - Friday, December 22, 10:00pm

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert hosted by Felix Contreras, highlighting the favorite seasonal music by acclaimed jazz artists.

Christmas on “Jazz Happening Now” -Friday, December 22, 11:00pm

Every holiday season, jazz musicians get in the Christmas spirit with fresh new recordings of traditional and original music. This year, Jazz Happening Now host Jeff Hanley will produce a new hour of 2017’s best new Christmas jazz. It’s the perfect jazzy soundtrack for your holiday programming.

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration - Saturday, December 23, 10:00pm

Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual 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 Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

CHRISTMAS EVE:

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - Sunday, December 24, 10:00am (live), December 25 at 10:00pm (rebroadcast)

Broadcast live from Cambridge, England, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast live to millions of people around the world. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol.

An Afro Blue Christmas - Sunday, December 24, 12:00pm

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. (NPR)

A Chanticleer Christmas -Sunday, December 24, 1:00pm 7 Monday, December 25 at 10:00am

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Sunday, December 24, 2:00pm & Monday, December 25, 7:00pm

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Joy to the World: a Holiday in Pink - Sunday, December 24, 3:00pm & Monday, December 25 at 6:00pm

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.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites - Sunday, December 24, 4:00pm

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.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays - Sunday, December 24, 6:00pm & Monday, December 25 at 3:00pm

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.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special from NPR -Sunday, December 24, 7:00pm & Monday, December 25 at 2:00pm

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Penn State's Essence of Joy
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Winterfest with Essence of Joy -Sunday, December 24, 8:00pm

Celebrate the season with holiday music in the African and African American choral traditions with “Winterfest: Our Gift in Song” from Penn State’s Essence of Joy  and Essence 2, directed by Tony Leach. WPSU recorded this concert live in December of 2011. Join us to hear a re-broadcast of the full concert Christmas Eve at 8:00pm on WPSU-FM.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn -Sunday, December 24, 10:00pm

Brian O'Donovan's "A Celtic Sojourn" has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years. For the last fifteen, the Christmas-themed live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

Holiday Music from WPSU - Sunday, December 24, 11:00pm

Bake those cookies and wrap those gifts to a holiday soundscape from WPSU’s music library.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Holiday Music from WPSU - Monday, December 25, 9:00am

Enjoy a locally-hosted eclectic blend of holiday tunes from WPSU’s library.

A Chanticleer Christmas -Monday, December 25, 10:00am

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

Holiday Music from WPSU - Monday, December 25, 11:00am

Kristine Allen is your host for holiday music from WPSU’s library.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Monday, December 25, 12:00pm

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices,. 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. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. Presented by NPR Music.          

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Holiday Music from WPSU -Monday, December 25, 1:00pm

The celebration continues with tunes from WPSU’s library.  You might hear choral, orchestral, folk, jazz and more.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special -Monday, December 25, 2:00pm

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays - Monday, December 25, 3:00pm

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.

  Joy to the World: a Holiday in Pink - Monday, December 25, 6:00pm

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.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir- Monday, December 25, 2:00pm

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite. (APM)

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Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony - Monday, December 25, 8:00pm

Handel's oratorio, Messiah, a seasonal favorite, 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.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Monday, December 25, 10:00pm (re-broadcast)

Broadcast live from Cambridge, England, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast live to millions of people around the world. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol.

NEW YEAR’s EVE

The Capitol Steps New Year’s Eve Special - Sunday, December 31, 6:00pm

When Capitol Steps bid farewell to 2017 with their special brand of musical political satire, you’ll have the last laugh!

Toast of the Nation - Sunday, December 31, 7:00pm

This program has been an NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s.  It's festive jazz you can party to, anytime. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment is hosted by Christian McBride. We’ll hear the Best Of -- Jazz Tiny Desk Concerts; John Scofield’s Uber Jam Band At Berklee, 2012 Encore; Dayme Arocena At The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017; Terence Blanchard At The 2017 Tri City Jazz Festival In Cleveland; The Herlin Riley Quintet From Jazz At Lincoln Center, 2017 and Blue Note 2017/2018 Toast of the Nation Encores.