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Holiday Specials 2022

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2022 WEKU Holiday Programming

WEKU 88.9 FM:

Thu. Nov. 24 Noon-2p
Turkey Confidential
On the Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving show, Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and inner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

Sun. Dec. 11 at 8p
Lexington Philharmonic – Cathedral Christmas 2021
The Lexington Singers joins the Lexington Philharmonic for their annual Christmas concert. John Nardolillo, director of the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducts the combined groups in a performance ranging from the majestic cadences of selections from Handel's "Messiah" and Rachmaninoff's "Vespers" to the simple strains of the Shaker-like "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" to the soaring joy of "O Holy Night" and the quiet meditation of "Silent Night."

Sun. Dec. 18 at 6p
Hanukkah Lights
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.

Fri. Dec. 23 at 8p
Jazz Piano Christmas
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music, captured live in concert with a small audience. The all- star lineup includes Patrice Rushen, Gerald Clayton and Eric Reed. Felix Contreras hosts.

Fri. Dec. 23 at 9p
Jazz Classics Christmas Special
Roger Chesser has curated a special 3-hour Christmas presentation of classic jazz.

Sat Dec 24 at 12p
Selected Shorts: Holidays with Mom
Guest host Meg Wolitzer presents our holiday show--two stories about being home for the holidays and how you can count on your Mom to be there for you—and possibly to complicate things.

Sat. Dec 24 at 1p
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.

Fri. Dec. 30 at 9p
Jazz Classics New Year’s Special
Roger Chesser has curated a special 3-hour holiday presentation of classic jazz.

Sat. Dec. 31 Midnight-4a
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 festive jazz you can party to, all night long. The line-up is almost confirmed and it’s sure to be a good time.

WEKU Classical:
Thu. Nov. 24 at 11a
Every Good Thing
On Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from all around the country take some time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. It's "Every Good Thing" — an hour of stories and music to celebrate

Thu. Nov 24 12-2p
Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks sounds the way Thanksgiving feels: inviting, warm, and festive. It’s a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of the spirit of the holiday. Special guests Stanley Tucci and Naomi Shihab Nye join our Thanksgiving table, and music from Eric Whitacre, Bach, Copland and more complete the scene.

Wed. Dec. 14 at 9p
Lexington Philharmonic – Cathedral Christmas 2021
The Lexington Singers joins the Lexington Philharmonic for their annual Christmas concert. John Nardolillo, director of the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducts the combined groups in a performance ranging from the majestic cadences of selections from Handel's "Messiah" and Rachmaninoff's "Vespers" to the simple strains of the Shaker-like "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" to the soaring joy of "O Holy Night" and the quiet meditation of "Silent Night."

Sun Dec. 18 at 9p
Candles Burning Brightly
Candles Burning Brightly is a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music.

Tue. Dec 20. at 5p
A Paul Winter Solstice
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. John Schaefer hosts.

Sat. Dec 24 2-4p
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presents your audience with an opportunity to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be 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.

Fri Dec 23 at 5p
All Is Bright
Hosted by Lynne Warfel, All Is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas presents one hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism. This program uses 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

Sun. Dec 25 at 10a
Welcome Christmas
Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, conducted by Philip Brunelle. This program presents an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Sun. Dec 25 at 11a
A Chanticleer Christmas
This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert 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.

Sun. Dec 25 12-2p
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African American spirituals.

Sun. Dec 25 at 3p
Hygge Holiday
Join host Elena See for an hour-long program of nostalgic favorites for the winter season. Programming includes favorites from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Debussy and Blake.

Sun. Jan 1 at 2p
New Year's Day From Vienna 2022
The popular annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim. With this concert it is not only the desire of the Vienna Philharmonic to provide musically definitive interpretations of the masterworks of this genre, but also, as musical ambassadors of Austria, to send people all over the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace. Hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

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