All Holiday Programming for WUSF Public Media

December 17, 2014

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 4:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. HOLIDAY HANDBELLS runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas score and other sounds of the season.

Xmas Without China
Xmas Without China
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 4:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

Tom Xia emigrated from mainland China to California at age eight. With China's assent to world superpower status heating up American fears, Xia challenges the Joneses to make it through the Christmas season without any Chinese products, beginning a journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings.

The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here
The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
WSMR 89.1

The ensemble will play holiday favorites from their new Christmas album, including the beloved Vince Guaraldi songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

Though he is considered one of the most important figures in early Christianity and the "rock" of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peter is also one of the most puzzling characters in history. In the fascinating two-part documentary, beloved actor David Suchet traces the footsteps of St. Peter in a quest to determine how a simple Galilean fisherman went on to become the first Pope.

Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

Special edition, "Naughty or Nice," makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

Suchet uncovers the story behind Peter's remarkable post-resurrection turnaround and learns about the vital role Peter played in keeping the early church from splintering. Along the way, he reveals surprising new discoveries and theories about the man who shaped a faith that came to dominate western civilization.

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert. Musical Gifts recreates Bell's personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season.

December 18, 2014

Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine at the Metropolitan Museum
Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine at the Metropolitan Museum
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The concert includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" with text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler.

Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:00am
WUSF TV 16.4

Special edition, "Naughty or Nice," makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

Special edition, "Naughty or Nice," makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

Christmas At The Movies
Christmas At The Movies
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:00pm
WSMR 89.1

The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites “It's a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle On 34th Street” and “The Bishop's Wife” are included.

Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Antiques Roadshow: Naughty or Nice
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 5:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

Special edition, "Naughty or Nice," makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

December 19, 2014

A Chanticleer Christmas
A Chanticleer Christmas
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites “It's a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle On 34th Street” and “The Bishop's Wife” are included.

Messiah from the Washington National Cathedral
Messiah from the Washington National Cathedral
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 7:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6,000 from the greater Washington area.

December 20, 2014

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 6:00am
WUSF TV 16.4

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert. Musical Gifts recreates Bell's personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season.

An Operavore Christmas
An Operavore Christmas
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

Metropolitan Opera Live – Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (1:00pm-4:40pm)
Metropolitan Opera Live – Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (1:00pm-4:40pm)
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Met Music Director James Levine, back to full strength, will resume his typical schedule of six operas in the 2014-15 season. His first opera will be Richard Eyre’s new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays
All Songs Considered for the Holidays
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 4:00pm
WUSF 89.7

It's the sixth edition of a weird holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall or your mother's house!

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The first time Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. A celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.

Saturday Night Christmas Jazz!
Saturday Night Christmas Jazz! (9:00 PM - 1:00 AM)
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Bob Seymour celebrates the season with favorites and some fun, original holiday songs by a variety of great jazz performers, including the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite.

Christmas on the Danube
Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture.

December 21, 2014

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Though he is considered one of the most important figures in early Christianity and the "rock" of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peter is also one of the most puzzling characters in history. In the fascinating two-part documentary, beloved actor David Suchet traces the footsteps of St. Peter in a quest to determine how a simple Galilean fisherman went on to become the first Pope.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Suchet uncovers the story behind Peter's remarkable post-resurrection turnaround and learns about the vital role Peter played in keeping the early church from splintering. Along the way, he reveals surprising new discoveries and theories about the man who shaped a faith that came to dominate western civilization.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The first time Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. A celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
WUSF 89.7

This year, host Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world…and beyond! This year’s show is again led by music director Seamus Egan, leading his groundbreaking group Solas, along with the virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley from Kilkenny on accordion and guitar, and Eamon McElholm, from County Tyrone. There’s also body percussion, harp, and distinctive music of Norway, Scottish singers and other Christmas surprises!

Christmas on the Danube
Christmas on the Danube
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 1:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture.

Key Chorale Holiday Special
Key Chorale Holiday Special
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Recorded by WSMR, Russell Gant is your host for this exclusive broadcast of familiar carols and seasonal music with both traditional and new arrangements, showcasing a variety of styles and genres. Including a cameo performance by the “Off-Key” Chorale!

The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
WUSF 89.7

This Christmas marks the centenary of the 1914 spontaneous Christmas cease-fire by opposing soldiers in WW1. Participants fraternized (against orders), sang carols together and even exchanged holiday gifts on a frozen battlefield. This special tells the true story. You’ll hear folksinger John McCutcheon performing and discussing his song about this remarkable event, hear excerpts from movie dramatizations, and comments by Penn State historian Stanley Weintraub. {Photo: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en}

 
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