This holiday season Tri States Public Radio will again bring you a selection of programs to compliment your quiet moments or holiday gatherings. Please be sure to check the schedule as programs will be offered through the holiday season.
Details on all of our holiday program offerings can be found below.
Hanukkah Starts (12/12)
- 8-9pm Hanukkah Lights 2017 (NPR)
A perennial favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
- 9-10pm Candles Burning Brightly (APM)
Be enlightened with this one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner hosts this holiday favorite and exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.
- 9-10am Christmas with Madrigalia (PRSS)
The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2017, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season.Recorded live in concert at Rochester’s Clover Center for the Arts, features beautiful music by Pavel Chesnokov, Todd Smith, Erik Esenvalds, Robin Pecknold and John Rutter, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements. This year Madrigalia is joined by the Rochester Bach Children’s Chorus for traditional carols accompanied by flute, oboe, cello, harp and dulcimer. The chorus appears regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and other area ensembles.
- 10a-noon St. Olaf (APM)
This service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event - which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN - are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
- 9-10am Carols & Cheer (APM)
Host Scott Blankenship and The Singers' Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.
- 10-11am A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas (PRX)
Celebrate the season with this special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.
- 11am-noon The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here (PRX)
This Christmas special features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies. The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here."
- 9-10am Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir floated in to many homes during the holidays in the '60s & '70s on Goodyear and Firestone albums, bringing lush renditions of favorite Christmas carols. Those warm memories and feelings come right back again in this holiday special. The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that will surely become the new classics.
- 10-11am A Chanticleer Christmas
This unique, 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.
- 11am-noon Welcome Christmas (APM)
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.
- Noon-1pm Tiny Desk Holiday (NPR)
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.
- 1-2pm Tinsel Tales 4 (NPR)
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.
- 2-3pm Tinsel Tales 3 (NPR)
Tinsel Tales #3 includes extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. Baxter Black ponders the meaning of Christmas for Cows, Bailey White sneaks into her neighbor’s yard in search of an elusive hemlock tree; Julie Zickefoose serenades her neighbors on the coldest night of the year.
- 3-4pm Tinsel Tales 2 (NPR)
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
- 9-10am Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday, New Year's Edition 2017
Put down those indictments, Robert Mueller - if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in the Capitol Steps year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted. Also featured in the Capitol Steps' show will be the year's biggest stars - Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders and those who were gone too soon - Sean Spicer, Tom Price, and, of course, the Mooch.Now is your chance to finally enjoy the headlines you were too scared to read. After all, the Capitol Steps won't tell you what to think, but they will tell you what rhymes with Papadopoulos.
- 10am-noon NYD from Vienna 2018 (NPR), LIVE
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.