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Playlist: Holiday Specials

Compiled By: Denis McGilvray

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The Rhythm Atlas 64: 2018-12-23 Christmas Special

From Denis McGilvray | Part of the The Rhythm Atlas series | 58:58

The Rhythm Atlas Christmas Special is a celebration of Christmas music from all around the world. You’ll hear holiday favorites spiced up with festive musical flavors from the Caribbean, Africa, the British Isles, Hawaii, Spain, and more. Please join us for a cup of musical cheer - Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Merry Christmas! (This piece is part of a weekly program, but works perfectly as a stand alone special as well.)

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The Rhythm Atlas radio show explores music from all around the world - from Afrobeat to Zouk. The program airs on Sunday nights at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Central Time, USA) on KWGS 89.5 FM - Public Radio Tulsa, and streaming live at PublicRadioTulsa.org online. The Rhythm Atlas is hosted and produced by Denis McGilvray at the studios of Public Radio Tulsa at the University of Tulsa. Each week’s program usually features an eclectic mix of musical styles from all over the globe, and some weeks the program is focused around a particular theme or holiday. 

The Rhythm Atlas 61: Hanukkah Music Special 2018-12-02

From Denis McGilvray | Part of the The Rhythm Atlas series | 58:58

On this special edition of the weekly program, we’ll explore the many facets of Hanukkah music from around the world. We’ll hear some traditional klezmer tunes, several pieces from the new album 'Shimmering Lights' by Yale Strom's Broken Consort, songs from the Sephardic Jewish culture that has roots in Spain, and some festive modern takes by artists such as Pink Martini with Ari Shapiro, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Julie Silver, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Carole King. Many of the songs speak of the traditions associated with Hanukkah: gathering for parties with family and friends, lighting the candles on the menorah, and enjoying delicious food and drink. Also featured throughout the program are several spoken pieces from the wonderful album 'Oy Chanukah!' In these pieces we hear about Hanukkah traditions and reminiscences of Hanukkah celebrations from the early twentieth century by elders in the Jewish community. It's an eclectic mix of Hanukkah music with a little something for everyone.

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The Rhythm Atlas radio show explores music from all around the world - from Afrobeat to Zouk. The program airs on Sunday nights at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Central Time, USA) on KWGS 89.5 FM - Public Radio Tulsa, and streaming live at PublicRadioTulsa.org online. The Rhythm Atlas is hosted and produced by Denis McGilvray at the studios of Public Radio Tulsa at the University of Tulsa. Each week’s program usually features an eclectic mix of musical styles from all over the globe, and some weeks the program is focused around a particular theme or holiday.  

The Rhythm Atlas 14: Christmas Special 2017-12-24

From Denis McGilvray | Part of the The Rhythm Atlas series | 58:58

Christmas music from all around the world! You'll hear festive tunes from Cape Verde, Cuba, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, West Africa, Hawaii, Norway, Ukraine, the British Isles and more.

Rhythm_atlas_logo_square_240x240_small Travel along with Denis McGilvray, host of The Rhythm Atlas, for a celebration of Christmas music from all around the world. This festive edition of the weekly program features familiar favorites in fresh musical settings as well as holiday tunes that will likely be new to your ears. You’ll hear music from all over the globe, including the British Isles, Africa, the Caribbean, Scandinavia, France, Ukraine, Hawaii and more. Tune in for a cup of musical cheer - Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!

BEAT LATINO: Day of the Dead Celebration

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 58:00

¡Fiesta para los Muertos! Party for the Day of the Dead!

Screenshot_2017-10-25_16 ¡Fiesta para los Muertos! Party for the Day of the Dead! It´s an hour of songs to keep bring back the dead and keep the alive on the dance floor, music from LA’s La Santa Cecilia, Alejandro Y Maria Laura from Lima Perú, Lila Downs, Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and more. ¡Viva el Día de los Muertos! #beatlatino’s Day of the Dead special.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2020 (Two-Hour Version)

From HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS | Part of the The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2020 series | 01:58:57

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2020” (Two-Hour Version) is an all-new, 119-minute musical celebration of the winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

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"THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2020” (Two-Hour Version) is an all-new, 119-minute compilation of musical excerpts, plus a few short poetry and prose readings, selected from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions that took place in December, 2019, in eight cities across the United States.

 

CHRISTMAS REVELS performances have been described as entertaining collections of country, ritual and courtly dances, wassails, carols, songs and ballads, hymns and anthems, story-telling, poetry and drama. They are made up of sacred and secular folk materials, plus some composed popular and “art” music, from traditional European. Middle Eastern and American celebrations of Christmas, The Feasts of Saint Nicholas and Saint Stephen, Chanukah, Saint Lucia’s Day, the Feast of Fools, New Year's, Twelfth Night/Epiphany, and other end-of-the-year festivals, along with various cultures' hereditary observances of the Winter Solstice, some of which date back to pre-Christian times.

 

The music in this year's CHRISTMAS REVELS radio broadcast is almost entirely traditional, and it comes from several different cultures and eras. In Seventeenth-Century England, our Revelers celebrate the Yuletide with carols and wassails in the Great Hall of a sturdy but comfortable manor house which actually exists in real life and still stands in Britain’s Northwest Midlands. Villagers in the Balkan lands of Croatia, Serbia and Greece hail the arrival of Christmas, New Year’s and Epiphany with lively koledas and kalantas (carols) whose melodies and rhythms blend characteristics associated with both Western European and Middle Eastern cultures. We discover the soul of America in its traditional music – shape-note hymns, Appalachian ballads, Shaker and gospel songs, fiddle tunes and African American spirituals – as we travel around the country at Christmastime during the Great Depression years of the 1930s. Holiday party-goers at the Medieval castle of a wise and benevolent French king sing noels and an ancient chant announcing the Good News of the Holy Birth, and then they burn off some physical steam by stepping out to an estampie and an istanpitta, the latest French and Italian dance crazes to sweep Southern Europe in the Fourteenth Century. At a street market in Victorian London, everyday working-class people add warmth to the increasingly festive holiday atmosphere by singing carols from England’s rural parish church West Gallery tradition, while at a Royal Command Performance at the legendary Crystal Palace exposition and performance hall nearby, their upper-crust neighbors enjoy a light-hearted music-hall song about Old Father Christmas and a new Yuletide carol by Britain’s most popular composer of operettas, Sir Arthur Sullivan. We stop at a crossroads somewhere in Medieval Europe, where Christian, Muslim and Jewish merchants and travelers, soldiers, adventurers, pilgrims, sages and fools, and noblemen and thieves from both East and West, find themselves in each other’s company at the time of the Solstice and share their respective Winter festival customs, legends, songs and dances. And we accept the invitation of a troupe of commedia dell'arte players to join them on the streets of Renaissance-era Venice, Italy, where their lusty singing and dancing recall the raucous spirit of the Saturnalias of Ancient Rome, while the vibrant, highly spiritual music of Giovanni Gabrieli bursts forth from the reverberant interior of Saint Mark’s Basilica, lending both solemnity and an uplifting quality to the occasion.

 

The enthusiastic performers heard in the program include the adult and children's choruses of each of the Revels companies, their professional brass quintets and instrumental folk-music groups and soloists, plus a distinguished line-up of featured guest artists, including Dave and the Dalmatians, a Seattle-based a cappella ensemble specializing in the traditional music of the Balkan lands of southeastern Europe (Tacoma, WA); Squirrel Butter (Charlie Beck, banjo, fiddle, vocals, and Charmaine Li-lei Slaven, guitar, fiddle, flat-foot dancing, vocals) and Tui (Jake Blount, banjo, fiddle, vocals, and Libby Wittnauer, fiddle, vocals), two duos who perform the traditional old-timey string-band music of Appalachia (Cambridge, MA); early- and Celtic-music vocal soloist, soprano Susan Rode Morris (Oakland, CA); period-instrument virtuosos, Hildur V. Colot, Wayne Hankin and Karen Hansen, Medieval and Renaissance winds (Hanover, NH), Betsy Branch, violin (Portland, OR), and Shira Kammen, violin, vielle and folk harp (Oakland, CA); music-theater and gospel singer, Carolyn Saxon (Cambridge, MA); and klezmer clarinetist, Seth Kibel (Washington, DC). The program is hosted by Catherine Lu, popular announcer-producer at Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas.

 

Because all of the Revels music is traditional – and accessible! – the show will fit into almost any radio format: classical, folk, AAA, world beat, eclectic or what-have-you. Last year, 161 public stations and thousands of listeners around the country enjoyed this holiday treat. We hope you'll plan to license the 2020 CHRISTMAS REVELS radio special and include it in your broadcast schedule – to the delight of your audience! – this coming Yuletide season.