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Playlist: Holiday Specials from WFIU Public Radio

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'Tis the season! Here are some of our best holiday-themed shows. Happy holidays.

A Cool Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:02

An hour-long program of classic jazz. Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more...

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Santas_sleigh_lights_small It's "A Cool Christmas" as we usher in the holiday with a jazz tribute.  Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more.  Also featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Higgins, and Duke Pearson.

An Early Music Christmas

From WFIU | 57:59

An hour-long program of seasonal music from the distant past and through the ages -- both sublime and earthly, across time and place, across beliefs and traditions.

Early-music-christmas-image_small An hour-long program of seasonal music from the distant past and through the ages, both sublime and earthly, across time and place, and across beliefs and traditions. Featuring a rich selection of well-known holiday vocal music, including selections from Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and a variety of traditional hymns, carols and song.  A festive addition to your Christmas programming schedule!!!

Hep to the Holidays

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long program of "cool-Yule" classic jazz, featuring holiday jazz from Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Horace Silver and more, including poet Sascha Feinstein’s reading of his “Christmas Eve” jazz poem.

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Hep_small Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz, including Shorty Rogers' take on "The Nutcracker," pianist Bill Evans having some vocal fun with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (as well as the backstory on how the song came to be written), guitarist Emily Remler offering up a luminous version of "Snowfall," and poet Sascha Feinstein reading his poem about the legendary Miles Davis-Thelonious Monk Christmas Eve 1954 recording session.  Lighthearted and poignant, perfect for December. 

A Latin American Christmas

From WFIU | 58:55

One-hour special of warm and sunny holiday music from many latin-american locales. A festive program for the holiday season!!!

3269058996_1b6327ac81_o_small A Latin American Christmas brings your listeners some warm and sunny music of the season and a lot of good cheer from many lands south of the border and even the equator.  Feliz Navidad!  (A Spanish version is coming soon!)

A Very "Earth Eats" Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Specials series | 58:57

This hour-long program of cooking and conversation and music presents a festive Christmas meal of roast duck, parsnip soup and more. We'll share stories, have some laughs and taste a lot of food.

Table_setting_small Celebrate local and seasonal eating with A Very Earth Eats Christmas. "The tradition of using the seasonal ingredients is what brings these things out during the holidays," says Chef Daniel Orr, the mastermind behind our holiday feast today.

During this hour-long program, we prepare roast duck, parsnip soup, a goat cheese cheese ball and foraged mushrooms. He'll have some help preparing the food from three old friends. We'll share stories, have some laughs and taste a lot of food.

The day wouldn't be complete without some holiday music by southern Indiana-based singer-songwriter Krista Detor. So, pour yourself some eggnog, cozy up with a warm sweater and join us as we celebrate A Very Earth Eats Christmas. Annie Corrigan is your host.

The New Year’s Eve Jam

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long special featuring jazz music and spoken-word performances for the coming New Year from Charlie Parker, Lenny Bruce, Slim Gaillard, Ken Nordine, and more.

New_year_s_eve_show_small "The New Year's Eve Jam" ushers in the coming year in radio nightclub style, with music from Slim Gaillard, Harry the Hipster Gibson, Charlie Parker, Big John Patton, and more, as well as spoken-word pieces from Ken Nordine, Lenny Bruce, and Gregory Corso... an evening for hipsters, flipsters, and time-trippin' daddies.

Christmas Carols, Chant and Legend

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:57

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating Christmas from a variety of traditions, including the original tunes of two well-known carols, medieval music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and Byzantine chant sung during the Christmas season. Plus, a gift of Celtic holiday music from baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire.

750_st_nick_legend_cropped_small We're celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions. We'll explore the original tunes of two well-known carols, hear medieval music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and sample Byzantine chant sung during the Christmas season. Plus, baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire offers a gift of Celtic holiday music in our featured release.

All Is Calm: A Quiet Afterglow Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

At the end of a stressful year, relax with Afterglow, as I play some peaceful holiday songs to soothe your soul, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and more.

Christmas-1869533_640_small Merry Christmas, happy holidays to all you Great American Songbook fans out there. On this program, we’ll be celebrating the holiday with some familiar—and maybe a few unfamiliar—holiday favorites sung by some beloved songbook singers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more. However, after this unquestionably stressful year, we’ll be turning down the volume a bit, playing all ballads and other slow sentimental Christmas tunes to help you relax this holiday season.

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas from Venice, Naples, Milan and Beyond

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:59

We’re celebrating the holiday season with Nativity music from the late Renaissance to the early 17th century in Europe, performed by the musicians of Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

818-nativity-lorenzo_costa_cropped_small We’re celebrating the holiday season with Nativity music from the late Renaissance to the early 17th century in Europe, performed by the musicians of Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:00

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating the holiday season with festive music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia performed by the musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Join us for A Baroque Christmas in the New World.

792-baroque_christmas_in_the_new_world_cropped_small We’re celebrating the holidays with a unique performance of music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya – works that have not been performed since his lifetime!

Join us as musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University bring these sparkling works to life once again.

We’ll also hear villancicos, motets and so much more—all marking some part of the story of Christmas.

Music in this program is from a live performance at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music, October, 2014 by members and faculty of Historical Performance Institute / Dana Marsh, Dir.

Pieces are not available on a commercial recording.

Holiday special: Noel, Noel!

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:00

This hour, Harmonia explores the word "Noel" through music from the middle ages to the early baroque. Celebrate the season with this special, eclectic music!

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A Christian expression of joy, the word "noel" has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years. Harmonia looks at its many guises in music from the Middle Ages to the early baroque.

The Christmas Oratorio Quilt

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:00

As the winter nights get colder, we’ll keep warm with an “oratorio quilt” and weave together baroque music for the season from France, Germany, and Italy—plus medieval Christmas music performed by Gothic Voices. Join us!

946-christmas_quilt-230prx_small ‘Tis the season in which many of us roll out the sugar cookies, decorate the tree, and wrap the gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas, it is usually a time for family, celebration, and worship. This year will be a bit different for many of us. Some of us have suffered loss, and some of us struggle with seeking a balance between the desire to spend time with our loved ones and doing whatever needs to be done to keep each other safe. Either way, we often turn to music, which can wrap us up in its comforting warmth. This hour, baroque music composed for the Christmas season, stitched together into a kind of pastiche oratorio quilt... Plus, medieval Christmas music performed by Gothic Voices.