Veteran pianist Bob Thompson brings us his annual concert for the holidays, Joy to the World, this year featuring guest vocalist Heather Masse (one of The Wailin’ Jennys, heard frequently on A Prairie Home Companion). The band plays original arrangements of old favorites, and her selections include an original song called ‘Mittens’.
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Highlights from shows from throughout the year in 2014.
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras.
Back for another year by popular demand, sit back and enjoy an hour from the NPR archives that touches on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – along with other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary.
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.
Join us for this very special Christmas eve 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.
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Town program last year, here 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
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.