WUSF Holiday Programming

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In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas From Venice, Naples, Milan and Beyond - 10:00-11:00am
12/19/2017 - 10:00am
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,...

A Baroque Christmas in the New World: 2:00-3:00pm
12/19/2017 - 2:00pm
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...

Florida Matters: 6:30-7:00PM
12/19/2017 - 6:30pm
WUSF 89.7

Telling Tampa Bay Stories, Part 2. [Photo: flickr/http://bit.ly/2im63i6]

Candles Burning Brightly: 2:00-3:00PM
12/20/2017 - 2:00pm
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.

Welcome Christmas: 8:00-9:00pm
12/20/2017 - 8:00pm
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!

St. Olaf Christmas Festival: 9:00-11:00am
12/21/2017 - 9:00am
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...

Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: 9:00–11:00pm
12/21/2017 - 9:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual 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 The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The...

Key Chorale: Christmas with Dale Warland - 10:00AM
12/22/2017 - 10:00am
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...

A Concierto Christmas Special: 5:00-7:00PM
12/22/2017 - 5:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of this national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. This new edition of the program features a broad range of sacred and seasonal selections, spanning...

Carols and Cheer!: 11:00am-12:00pm
12/23/2017 - 11:00am
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...

Metropolitan Opera: The Marriage of Figaro - 1:00-4:30pm
12/23/2017 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov—share the stage in Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro...

The Moth Radio Hour: 4:00-5:00pm
12/23/2017 - 4:00pm
WUSF 89.7

During this special holiday hour, you’ll hear stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfil her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and a man waits and waits for the perfect moment to...

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: 8:00-9:00PM
12/23/2017 - 8:00pm
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.

Joy To The World: A Holiday in Pink - 9:00-10:00pm
12/23/2017 - 9:00pm
WUSF 89.7

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, you’ll hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire...

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Live! - 10:00am-12:00pm
12/24/2017 - 10:00am
WSMR 89.1

Michael Barone presents a WSMR tradition – a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and...

Sunday Baroque with Suzanne Bona: 12:00-2:00pm
12/24/2017 - 12:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Suzanne offers cheery seasonal music to create a festive spirit - baroque Christmas Concertos, carols, and other special treats to help you get into the right frame of mind. Whether you're relaxing, preparing for guests to arrive or sharing gifts, it's the perfect holiday soundtrack!

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites - 3:00-4:00pm
12/24/2017 - 3:00pm
WUSF 89.7

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!  Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or...

Hollywood Holiday: 3:00-4:00pm
12/24/2017 - 3:00pm
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: bit....

The Story of The Bells: 5:00-6:00pm
12/24/2017 - 5:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Step back in time just a bit with us for an encore of Karl Haas’ Story of the Bells.  Karl Haas, the Radio Hall of Fame’s only “classical music” inductee, hosts this all-time holiday favorite. 

 

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