WUSF Holiday Programming

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In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas From Venice, Naples, Milan and Beyond - 3:00pm – 4:00PM
12/11/2017 - 3:00pm
WSMR 89.1

In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic.  This special brings you wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino,...

Candles Burning Brightly: 5:00-6:00PM
12/11/2017 - 5:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - with plenty of music.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: 1:00-2:00pm
12/12/2017 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

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.

Florida Matters - 6:30-7:00PM
12/12/2017 - 6:30pm
WUSF 89.7

Telling Tampa Bay Stories, Part 1. [Photo: pixabay/smccreedy1-5942732]

A Baroque Christmas in the New World: 10:00-11:00am
12/13/2017 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

In celebration of the holiday season, A Baroque Christmas in the New World brings you music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya — most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own...

Hanukkah Lights 2017: 8:00-9:00pm
12/13/2017 - 8:00pm
WUSF 89.7

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Stories include “The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee” by R.L. Maizes, “Week At A Glance” by Elisa Albert, “Erev Christmas” by Ellen Orleans, and “i” by Lia Pripstein. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Key Choral: Christmas with Dale Warland - 2:00PM
12/14/2017 - 2:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Sarasota’s Key Chorale rings in the holiday season with a performance of exquisite festive music specially programmed by Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins and Grammy-nominated guest conductor and composer, Dale Warland.  Harp, oboe and cello combine in a stunning program of Dale’s favorite...

Welcome Christmas: 10:00-11:00am
12/15/2017 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

"Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest! [Photo: pixabay/...

Master Chorale of Tampa Bay: The Morning Star Festival - 3:00PM
12/15/2017 - 3:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Tampa’s Master Chorale Ensemble Singers perform the music of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo, and Roberto Sierra – all music based on the well-known holiday theme, “how brightly shines the morning star... ” [Photo: Pixabay/geralt-9301]

Hollywood Holiday: 11:00am-12:00pm
12/16/2017 - 11:00am
WSMR 89.1

Hooray for "Hollywood!"  Join host Lynne Warfel for this one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies. Whether you’re running holiday errands or trimming the tree, you’re likely to sing and dance with the stars you’ve loved for years. [Photo:...

Metropolitan Opera: Norma - 1:00-4:15pm
12/16/2017 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

It’s a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative...

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special: 4:00-5:00pm
12/16/2017 - 4:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from NPR’s Tiny Desk!  This first ever special includes Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! The holiday special is hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 5:00-7:00pm
12/16/2017 - 6:00pm
WSMR 89.1

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. 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...

Jazz Night in America: Happy Holidays!: 8:00-9:00pm
12/16/2017 - 8:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Swing into the holiday season with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s take on Christmas classics, featuring Catherine Russell on vocals.  

Florida Matters - 7:30-8:00am
12/17/2017 - 7:30am
WUSF 89.7

Telling Tampa Bay Stories, Part 1.  [Photo: Pixabay/Simon_Goede-188986]

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2017: 12:00-2:00pm
12/17/2017 - 12:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years, and is a holiday tradition on WUSF. This Christmas-themed live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

A Chanticleer Christmas: 3:00-4:00pm
12/17/2017 - 3:00pm
WSMR 89.1

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.

Messiah with The PSO: 7:00-9:00pm
12/17/2017 - 7:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, and featuring a cast of guest vocalists with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: 10 - 11 AM
12/18/2017 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

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.

Carols and Cheer!: 5:00-6:00pm
12/18/2017 - 5:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Host Scott Blankenship joins forces with Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers, to review their favorite carols this holiday season. From holiday classics to contemporary hits, you’ll love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's...


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