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Playlist: Holiday Music Specials

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Music specials for your station's holiday programming.

For spoken word holiday specials, check out our Christmas and Hanukkah Editors' Picks.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can find other options for the holidays by using our search.

New in 2021

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 (Series)

Produced by HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2021” is a newly-updated, 119-minute or 59-minute musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s, Jonkonnu 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.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 (One-Hour Version)

From HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS | Part of the The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2021 series | :40

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THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2021” (One-Hour Version) is a newly-revised, 59-minute compilation of musical excerpts, plus a couple of short poetry and prose readings, selected from live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions presented in six 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 Feast Days of Saints Nicholas, Lucia, Basil and Stephen, Chanukah, the Feast of Fools, Jonkonnu, New Year's, Twelfth Night/Epiphany, and other end-of-the-year festivals, along with various cultures' hereditary observances of the Winter Solstice, some elements 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 medieval Britain, holiday party-goers at the castle of a wise and benevolent king sing the carol that is still sung every year – as it has been since the early Fifteen-Hundreds – when the main course, the Boar’s Head, is brought out at the annual Christmas banquet held at Queen’s College in Oxford, England. In a modest but cozy cabin in the hills of late Nineteenth-Century North Carolina, we discover the soul of America in its traditional music – shape-note hymns, Appalachian ballads and carols, and fiddle and square-dance tunes – and we join in the traditional Caribbean and African American New Year’s procession known as Jonkonnu, which features elaborate, brightly-colored costumes, music, drumming, singing and dancing, and which has become – in the southeastern United States, at least – a commemoration of the freeing of the slaves on the First of January, 1863. Irish children go from door to door in their village, re-enacting the annual “Hunting of the Wren” Winter Solstice ritual, while their parents sing a song by the legendary Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, which tells of the equally legendary excesses committed back in the Sixteenth Century during the annual Christmas festivities hosted by the Irish chieftain, Brian O’Rourke. 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 a sacred song-setting of a Nativity poem by the most influential woman of Fifteenth-Century Italy, political strategist and writer, Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici, lends 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 award-winning traditional Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke (Portland, OR); the early-music ensemble, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band (Washington, DC); Appalachian traditional singer and clog-dancer, Suzannah Park; gospel and spirituals singer, Janice Allen; and traditional-music duo, Notorious: Eden MacAdam-Somer, fiddle, and Larry Unger, guitar and banjo (Cambridge, MA). 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, 102 public stations and thousands of listeners around the country enjoyed this holiday treat. We hope you'll plan to license the 2021 CHRISTMAS REVELS radio special and include it in your broadcast schedule – to the delight of your audience! – this coming Yuletide season.


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A Cool Christmas Mix with Paul Ingles

From Paul Ingles | 59:35

Music History Producer Paul Ingles gently hosts an hour of pop, rock and soul holiday music. Paul Simon, Otis Redding, Charles Brown, Pretenders, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Kinks, Shawn Colvin, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Beatles, and more. Perfect for giving your regulars time off for the holidays and treat your listeners to some of the cooler holiday tunes.

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PLAYLIST:

Getting Ready for Christmas Day – Paul Simon

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown

River – Joni Mitchell

Love Came Down At Christmas – Shawn Colvin

Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding

Christmas Time In The City - Curtis and Loretta

Hannukah Oh Hannukah – Deborah Holland

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty

Father Christmas – The Kinks

2000 Miles – Pretenders

Christmas Time Is Here – Shawn Colvin

Please Come Home For Christmas – Al Green

Joy To The World – Aretha Franklin

Christmas Record Highlights – The Beatles

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon

Enchanted Christmas - Rob Williams

Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell (Series)

Produced by WILLIAM CROMWELL

Visit The Third Floor this holiday season for the best sacred and secular choral, vocal, and instrumental works from around the world and across the centuries. Each week through December, host Bill Cromwell will bring you music celebrating the season from the last thousand years.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Finale of Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell: #230

From WILLIAM CROMWELL | Part of the Classical Christmas on The Third Floor with Bill Cromwell series | 02:58:12

Ttf_xmas_pic_base_small Classical Music for Christmas through December on The Third Floor. Join host Bill Cromwell for three hours of glorious choral, vocal, and instrumental classical music for the season, including arias and choruses from Messiah, instrumental Christmas favorites with the Empire Brass and LA Guitar Quartet, plus long segments of sacred choral music from across the centuries from the great choirs of the world: King’s College, Cambridge; the Robert Shaw Chorale; the Choir of Men and Boys, St. Thomas 5th Avenue New York; The BBC Singers; the American Boychoir; Pomerium; The Elora Festival Singers; St. Olaf Choir, NY Polyphony, and many others.

A Latin Jazz Christmas Experience

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 58:33

"Ho ho ho," A mixture of Mambo, Rhumba, Latin Jazz and fun in this blend of "Christmas Season" arrangements all in this musical presentation.

Imageedit_2_5647239326_small Enjoy your Christmas break and winter holiday seaon with a little "Latin Jazz" fun. Soak in the excitment with Poncho Sanchez, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Sheila E, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, The Joe Loco Quintet, and others.

The Anatomy of A Christmas Song

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

'Tis the season and we're going dissect successful Christmas songs.

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Episode #449 - Hey! Santa Claus: R&B Christmas, Pt. 1

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

The "Juke In The Back" begins a 2 part Holiday Music Extravaganza with a tribute to Santa Claus. This week, we find the "man in red" doing the boogie woogie, the mambo and just plain ol' rockin' his way into song. Matt The Cat fills the red and green Rockola Jukebox with classics from The Moonglows, The Hepsters, The Enchanters, Louis Armstrong, The Voices and many more. Miss Rosie stops by to share her favorite nog recipe as we light up the tree, stoke the fire and spin R&B Santa Claus songs on part 1 of an R&B Christmas with the "Juke In The Back."

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The "Juke In The Back" begins a 2 part Holiday Music Extravaganza with a tribute to Santa Claus. This week, we find the "man in red" doing the boogie woogie, the mambo and just plain ol' rockin' his way into song. We'll pour some nog and dig on some vintage Rhythm & Blues Santa songs you know and some you might be hearing for the first time. Matt The Cat fills the red and green Rockola Jukebox with classics from The Moonglows, The Hepsters, The Enchanters, Louis Armstrong, The Voices and many more. Did you know that Little Willie John's very first record was a Christmas song that he recorded at the tender age of 16? Miss Rosie stops by to share her favorite nog recipe as we light up the tree, stoke the fire and spin R&B Santa Claus songs on part 1 of an R&B Christmas with the "Juke In The Back." 

Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas

From All Classical Public Media | 59:00

Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas.

Prx_image_small Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas . Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis

From WQXR | 01:00:44

Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Wynton_marsalis_small Titles include Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Night in Harlem, Zat You, Sanata Claus?, The Nutcracker Suite, and more. See song list for details.

A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas

From Capital Public Radio | 59:00

Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

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Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.  Founded in 1815, the Society is celebrating their bicentennial season, including their 400th performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”  Join Host Cale Wiggins for this program featuring music from the 15th century to the late 20th ; a Christmas for all times.

The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

From WQXR | 58:57

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here."

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the Canadian Brass made an exclusive New York appearance in The Greene Space for a festive and nostalgic program of holiday music. The event was video webcast on WQXR.org.

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, the program features music by Vince Guaraldi and arrangements by Luther Henderson, including favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with lush and brassy jazz harmonies.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, Christmas Time is Here.

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | Part of the 3 Holiday Music Specials Hosted by Judy Collins series | 58:40

Singing legend Judy Collins headlines the third in a series of hour-long holiday specials featuring musicians from around the country performing original holiday songs and some classics. Artists include Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tish Hinojosa and many more.

Collins4_small Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro. Ian Anderson of Jehro Tull makes a guest appearance from London. This program was distributed by NPR in 2004 and is available for the first time to all public radio outlets. It comes with an optional 5:00 content window making it newscast compatible. It includes one 60-second break opportunity midway through program. The performers include: Judy Collins ("Silent Night" and "All On A Wintry Night"); Trout Fishing in America ("I Got A Cheese Log"); Steve Earle and Maria McKee ("Nothing But A Child"); Tish Hinojosa ("Arbolito"); Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull ("Last Man At The Party"); Bill Miller ("I Saw The Star of Bethlehem"): The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits("Go Tell It On The Mountain"); Peter Case ("Fourth of July/Christmas Rag"); Jesse Colin Young ("Some Children See Him") and Lowen + Navarro ("A Song of Christmas"); The program is a follow-up to the successful specials "Do You Hear What I Hear: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins," and "Peace on Earth: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins." Both are also available at PRX (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6742) (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6766).

The Christmas Story through Carols Old and New

From Kimberlea Daggy | 59:00

New for 2012! An hour long choral music show telling the Christmas story through familiar and lesser known carols.

Holly_and_ivy_small This hour long choral music show tells the Christmas story through a variety of carols.  They range from medieval music to carols written in the last few decades.  Each set focuses on a different part of the story, from the angels to Mary and the baby, the shepherds and how they spread their joyous message.

Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine

From WQXR | 58:59

The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The program includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen. Kent Tritle, conductor; Nimet Habachy, host.

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Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kent Tritle, director

Gregorian Chant: Veni, veni Emanuel

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet O Magnum Mysterium                        

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium                      


Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612): Verbum caro factum est                                

Franz Biebl (1906-2001): Ave Maria                                                      

Peter Philips (c. 1560-1628): O Beatum et sacrosanctum diem                 

Eric Whitacre (c. 1970): Lux aurumque (2000)                                    

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Four Motets for the Christmas Season         

        I. O magnum mysterium                         

        II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite   

        III. Videntes stellam                      

        IV. Hodie Christus natus est        


William Byrd (1674-1744): Senex puerum portabat [4 voice]                  

Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): O magnum mysterium                                  

Gregorian Chant: Conditor alme siderum    

An Operavore Christmas

From WQXR | 57:59

WQXR's Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

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Program details:

Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joan Sutherland, soprano

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Bonynge, conductor

London/Decca  4756153

 

Traditional: The First Noel

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, conductor

Teldec  73135

 

Traditional: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella

Marilyn Horne, mezzo

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Jerold Ottley, conductor

CBS/Sony  63305

 

George Frideric Handel: Messiah: Comfort Ye...Every Valley

Jon Vickers, tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Beecham, conductor

Met  212

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?

Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Christa Ludwig, mezzo; Fritz Wunderlich, tenor

Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 427236

 

Hall Johnson: Ride On, King Jesus

Leontyne Price, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Leonard de Paur, conductor

RCA 61867

 

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Hymn)

Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo

Munich Radio Orchestra

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Teldec 22801

 

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Have you seen a child?

Lorna Haywood, soprano; John Dobson, tenor; Curtis Watson, bass; Donald Maxwell, baritone

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David Syrus, conductor

Jay Records 1303

 

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: Act II

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Lucine Amara, soprano; Jussi Bjoerling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone; John Reardon, baritone; Giorgio Tozzi, bass

RCA Victor Orchestra; RCA Victor Chorus; The Columbus Boychoir

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor

Angel/EMI 56236

 

George Frideric Handel: Joy to the World

Anna Moffo, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Met 212

 

Ralph Blaine; Hugh Martin: Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Bryn Terfel, baritone

Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera

Tecwyn Evans, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 1491472

 

Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

The Three Tenors

Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Sony 89131

Wind & Rhythm Christmas Special

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

Back in 1946, in the middle of a heat wave in Washington DC, the chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence dreamed up a piece of music that took him a couple of years to complete. Did you know that Leroy Anderson worked at the Pentagon at the end of World War 2? The piece he wrote, Sleigh Bells was written between his service to our country in World War 2 and his recall to active Duty for the Korean War. It was just a short time between the two conflicts, and what do you think he was thinking about?

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

A CHILD IS BORN. A SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS WITH GERI ALLEN.

From Jim Luce | 59:00

A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others.

Screen_shot_2011-11-01_at_2 From Peabody Award Winning Producer Jim Luce, A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others. Jim Luce host.

Austin Music Unlimited Holiday Special - 'Home for the Holidays'

From KUT | 55:15

An hour of rare, exclusive and fun seasonal music from deep in the heart of you-know-where!

Holidaytruck_small Willie Nelson, Kelly Willis, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Asleep at the Wheel, Ruthie Foster, the Rev. Horton Heat and many more are among the featured artists in this hour-long seasonal music showcase.  There are inventive reworkings of some holiday classics, surprising originals, and exclusive live music recorded in KUT's legendary 'Studio 1A'.  Hosted by David Brown of KUT's Texas Music Matters with minimal interruption. This program has been modified to suit broadcast over any station without need for local 'set-up' or explanation; just press play.  Accommodates newscasts; includes two built-in instrumental beds for local underwriting and announcements.   Happy Holidays and warm wishes from all of us at KUT Austin!

A '40s Radio Christmas

From BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM | 58:31

Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940s ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies. All of them contained a generous portion of music from swing to sentimental to religious.

Prxlogoholiday_small Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940's ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies... all of them, containing a generous portion of music, from swing to, sentimental, to religious. The decade of the 40's represents three distinct periods... continued recovery from the depression, America's entry into World War Two, and the beginning of the cold war. This was the last decade before the advent of television, and many radio performers of the 40's became household names to early television viewers. Produced by Wes Sims, "A 40's Radio Christmas" is the 2008 Gold Award winner for Best Radio Program, from the Utah Broadcasters Association.

An Elizabethan Christmas w/ the Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:14

The Rose Ensemble brings the time of the Tudors to life. Splendor, tension and intrigue, all reflected in the dark and light of tender carols, and soaring anthems. A fresh holiday program that captures the essence of the reign Elizabeth I.

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Grand candlelit halls, lavish feasts, and stately dances. Escape to the regal elegance of the Elizabethan era. The time and culture of Elizabeth I also contained tension and intrigue; dark and light. And it’s all evident in the music of their Christmas celebrations.    

The Rose Ensemble’s captures all of that in their popular holiday concert, as they reawaken the ancient with An Elizabethan Christmas. Add it to your holiday lineup, and treat your listeners to medieval carols, and motets and anthems by the beloved English Renaissance composers, Robert Parsons, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons, accompanied by lute and viola da gamba. In a couple of pieces, The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests Voces8, the vibrant young a capella group from London, for a glorious soaring sound.

In this one-hour special, you’ll hear stratospheric soprano lines, surprising harmonies, spirited poetry, and tender carols. And a brand new setting of a Tudor-era carol text by acclaimed composer Abbie Betinis. 

Captured live in concert, An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann with artistic director Jordan Sramek. 

  • Total time = 58:17
  • 1 optional mid-point break opportunity for ID or underwriting  

music rundown: 

15th century carol:  Ecce, quod natura (3:40)

15th century carol:  Hail Mary, full of grace  (3:52)

Parsons:  Ave Maria (featuring Voces8) (4:30)

Mundy: Magnificat (6:37)

Ravenscroft: Remember, O thou man (2:45) 

  • optional :03 break for local annct. 

Byrd: Sing Joyfully (featuring Voces8) (3:30)

Amner: O ye little flock/Fear not (5:35)

anon 15th century:  Lullay, lollow, lully (3:00)

Gibbons: See, See, the Word is incarnate (7:00)

Abbie Betinis (b. 1980): In this Tyme of Chrstmas (2006) (5:18)  

 

Would You Believe: Jews who wrote Christmas songs

From Allen Secher | 58:47

12 of the 25 ASCAP most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews. "Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be.

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Would You Believe!: Jews who wrote Christmas Songs 58:47

 The ASCAP list of the 25 most popular Christmas songs includes 12 written by Jews. Billboard has similar findings. Overall, there are at least 22 Christmas songs written by Jews. Beyond Irving Berlin's well-known song, "White Christmas," the tally includes: "The Christmas Song," "Rudolph," "The Christmas Waltz," "Santa Baby," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," and even "Mistletoe" (as sung by Justin Bieber).

"Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be. The program is hosted by Allen Secher, whose lifetime of radio experience includes, most recently, "You Must Remember This," a regular feature on Montana Public Radio that explores the Great American Songbook. Secher also has a solid Judaic background 

¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:00

The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a free one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico.

Rose_ensemble_2011_formalindoor_4prx_small The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a free one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico. The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

Take your listeners along as we “dance our way to Bethlehem”! Add ¡Vamos a Belen! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule. Available to stations via Content Depot and PRX November 15. For more information, contact info@roseensemble.org.

“The feel of a rambunctious street festival in La Paz or La Plata back in the days when the Spaniards had fairly freshly arrived…The singers were in high spirits and fine voice, and… the music shone a brightly hued light upon the music of the Mexican baroque and its Bolivian cousins…”

Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Here We Come A-Caroling (hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the Holiday Specials series | 53:58

A cappela group Note-Riety on challenging social pressures - Flory Jagoda on keeping Sephardic singing alive - A big night for bagpipes and a military marching band - A poet, a historian, a conductor, and a vocalist share their favorite Christmas classics

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A music video by the all female a cappela group Note-Reity went viral and amplified their efforts to challenge the social pressures that were crippling their classmates. Also: Singer and accordionist Flory Jagoda is known as “the keeper of the flame” of the once rich Sephardic Jewish song tradition.  Flory sings songs she learned from her Nona -- or, grandmother -- as a child in pre-WWII Sarajevo. Her accordion also helped her escape the holocaust as a young girl.  And:  John Brodie is working tirelessly with the VMI Regimental Band and Pipes for their appearance in the Tournament of the Roses. The moment of truth will come:  can this band with bagpipes make the 110-degree wheel turn on the field? 

 

Later in the show: Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.  Poet Tim Siebles, ethnomusicologist Anne Rasumssen, conductor John Guthmiller and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:39

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

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A Mexican Baroque Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

"Because of the beauty of the music, the variety of the voices, the liveliness of the personalities and the improvisatory support of gentle instruments, the performance was engaging from beginning to end." 
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Add A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule, and your listeners will get a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story with some ancient music that sounds fresh and new today. Mexico in the 17th century was a time of great cultural and musical diversity. Those cross-currents produced church music that was infused with indigenous rhythms and dances. That colorful music is the centerpiece of this gorgeous and engaging Christmas special by the internationally-acclaimed Rose Ensemble. 

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. With rich instrumental and percussive accompaniment, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that's a far cry from the same old Christmas show. Plus a couple of surprises for the season in this one hour production.  The music is all rhythmic and tuneful and totally appealing.

Hosted by public radio veteran Tom Crann, with the Rose Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Jordan Sramek, It’s A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble.  Add this hour of beautifully performed fresh sounds for the season to your station’s holiday line-up.

complete music listings:  

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Deus in Adiutorium (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD:  Celebremos el Niño)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Atención, atención

Fray Gerónimo Gonzles: Serenissima una Noche   

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: A siolo flasiquiyo

William Tans’ur:  The Old Angels Hymn/St. Luke’s Tune/Kimbolton Tune (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: And Glory Shone Around)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Tarara tarara qui yo soy Anton
Sebastián Durón:  Al Dormir el sol

Fabien Ximeno Perez: Ay ay galeguinos.

Juan Garcia de Zéspedes: Convivando esta la Noche

Sergei Khvoshchinsky: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (The Russian Ave Maria from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: Fire of the Soul

'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 58:57

From Leontyne Price to Kate and Anna McGarrigle, the Ronettes to Middle Eastern music…

Harp_small Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock n' roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. A poet, an ethnomusicologist, a conductor, and a vocalist share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule

From PVP Media | Part of the Rivewalk Jazz series | 59:00

An all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer take the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood.

Lane_small It?s December. The days are short. And with everything to do to get ready for the holidays, they seem even shorter. Never mind. It?s time for hearth and home, and sitting by the fire with family and friends. It?s a time of 'peace on earth' even as we scramble to cross one more item off our to-do lists. Thank goodness, it is also a time for musical traditions that keep a holiday mood in the air. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, it's Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule as Jim Cullum and the Band welcome an all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer to the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood. Using his dancing feet as a percussion instrument, tap sensation Savion Glover joins cornetist Jim Cullum and drummer Eddie Torres on a highly original jazz interpretation of the holiday classic, ?The Little Drummer Boy.? A Tony Award-winning performer, Glover changed the way people think about tap with his hit, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, and his star turn 'standing in' for the animated Penguin hero in the motion picture Happy Feet. Over the years, Savion has continued his creative experiment in dance, tapping to musical forms from hip-hop and jazz to classical compositions. Our Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule Holiday Special captures a bevy of jazz legends in a holiday mood: Champion of trumpet and flugelhorn and veteran of Ellington and Basie Bands, Clark Terry offers a luscious rendition of ?The Christmas Song? (You can almost catch the scent of 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire'.) Milt "The Judge" Hinton, a legend of the jazz bass fiddle, holds forth with a genial stroll through ?Winter Wonderland.? Dick Hyman once again proves he is the 'Fred Astaire of the Keyboards' as he joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on a high-energy romp through "Jingle Bells Swing". Bechet protegee and soprano sax genius Bob Wilber sails through a playful interpretation of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", making young and old believe once more in the jolly fat man. Broadway's Carol Woods sings ?Santa Baby?, vamping it up in a sultry Eartha Kitt style. Piano man John Sheridan sets sugar plum fairies in perpetual motion, and gets a standing ovation for his original "Nutcracker Rag". Providing the perfect tree-trimming, mood-lifting sound track for holiday magic, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings through classic carols, including "We Three Kings", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Joy to the World". All in all, it is a very Cool Yule.

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.

Soul Christmas!

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 55:39

Here are some great soul and R&B holiday winter classics. You will hear Christmas tunes from James Brown, Otis Reading, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and more.

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Christmas would not be Christmas without The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, Otis Redding, The Jackson Five, The Ronettes, James Brown, Issac Hayes and others. Deck the halls! It’s Christmas Time and it’s time for Soul and a happy good time.

Seasons Greetings let’s have a very Soul Christmas


Jingle Bell Jazz

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 53:59

Ho Ho Ho! Start out your holiday with fun Christmas Jazz Classics. They are all here in one solid hour. This musical holiday program includes: "Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Little Drummer Boy" plus others. Jingle Bell Jazz all the way today on Jazztime.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

We will jingle all the way today with classic holiday gems from Louis Armstrong , Miles Davis , Ella Fitzgerald , Dinah Washington and others.

It's “Jingle Bell Jazz ” on Jazztime !


A Christmas Gift For You

From Joyride Media | Part of the Holiday Programming Extravaganzas series | 59:00

The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs. Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.

Xmasgift_small The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs.  The All Music Guide says,  “This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged,” and Rolling Stone lists it as one of the best albums ever made.  Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine.  Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.  

365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass

From Listener Directed Productions, Inc. | 59:59

The Canadian Brass play holiday favorites in new and classic arrangements. Includes their exhilarating "Hanukkah Medley," "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," a new arrangement of "Jingle Bells" in the style of Handel -- and many other tunes for the season.

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Looking for a new way to say "Ho Ho Ho" this holiday season?

 

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" 


The Canadian Brass performs new arrangements of Christmas music along with classic versions of Christmas and Hanukkah songs they've made popular over their 30 year history.  

Meet the players, hear how they celebrate the holiday spirit 365 days a year and enjoy their fun and inspiring holiday arrangements. 
(59 minutes with an internal 60 second [optional] Break.)


End of Year Fundraising

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" is fundraising friendly for stations that are producing
an end-of-year fundraising campaign.

Sly Crooner One Hour Christmas Special

From Geoffrey Tozer | Part of the Sly Crooner series | 59:00

A Damon Runyon Christmas story set to music.

Christmascdartjpg_small In the continuing saga of Swanktown we take a short break for the Christmas holidays as Sly Crooner, your lounge companion, recalls a very special Christmas past. What makes it special is that in following their natural instincts to share the holiday spirit with those around them the three wise men of Swanktown, Good Time Charley, Dancing Dan and Sly Crooner also advance the cause of true love. Not to mention Dancing Dan stays healthy in a very toxic environment. This warm, sweet and loving holiday tale is actually a Damon Runyon story set to original swank arrangements of Christmas classics. Laughing Jingle Bells, Cool Angels We Have Heard On High, The Swank Wassail Song, Reggae Silent Night and a Latin version of We Three Kings (Los Tres Reyes) and many others are highlighted. This show is also available as two half hour episodes. Merry Christmas and a very swank New Year to you!

A Celtic Christmas

From Jefferson Public Radio | 58:55

An hour-long holiday special featuring Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley and his charming tale "Parcel from America." The program also features music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

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Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for.

Long, long before Riverdance, ordinary Irish men and women in hobnailed boots knocked sparks off the flagstone floors with jigs, reels and hornpipes, and the rafters rang with the fiery music of the fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, and the mesmerizing uilleann pipes.

Storyteller/Director Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Rego Irish Records says he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas his show Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US. His show A Saint Patrick Celebration tours from late February through mid-March; two other shows, Tomáseen Foley's Irish Times, and his one-man Lines from my Grandmother's Forehead tour throughout the remainder of the year. The Oregon Cabaret has developed a hit musical from his story Parcel From America.

The Kabbalah of Chanukah

From Russ Jennings | Part of the Days of Wonder series | 55:54

A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah!

Menorahlit_small The Kabbalah of Chanukah: An Inspirational Program for the Festival of Lights A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah! Weaving a tapestry of tales and teachings from the Kabbalah together with sacred music from around the world, this dynamic duo reveals some of the hidden treasures of this ancient spiritual tradition. This program is being offered for Chanukah programming in 2006. (Chanukah is from after nightfall on 12/15, ending at nightfall of 12/23.)

Santa's Greatest Hits

From Fred Flaxman | 58:00

Steve Jencks hosts this trip down Memory Lane featuring Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Bob Dylan, Dinah Washington, Louis Prima, Mel Torme, Mitch Miller, Tex Beneke, June Christy, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Included is a brief history of Santa Claus.

Snta_icn_small The songs include: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Night Before Christmas, Zat You, Santa Claus?, Ol' Santa Claus, What WIll Santa Claus Say?, The Christmas Song, Here Comes Santa Claus, A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus, Must Be Santa, Here Comes Santa, and Ride on Santa Ride On.

Jingle Them

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

Emmy Award winner Julie Giroux worked in Hollywood for years and her credits are formidable. When she thought of giving Christmas gifts to the high rollers in the film and television industry, she came up with a unique approach... she wrote Christmas carol arrangements, just for them. It became a Hollywood tradition and now it is becoming a wind band holiday tradition, too!
Of course, lots of people have written and arranged Christmas carols... but, not like this.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Cool Yule

From WFUV | 59:01

Host Rita Houston talks with Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann about holiday music and traditions, featuring exclusive live performances and new additions to the Christmas catalog.

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Wfuvlogo_small Host Rita Houston talks with Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann about holiday music and traditions, featuring exclusive live performances and new additions to the Christmas catalog.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

From Monique Healing | 59:24

The Annie Moses Band’s phenomenal US, PBS debut is now available as a 1 hour Concert Special, 30 minute or as individual songs for your Radio network. Touching the depths of your listeners’ hearts with the message of Christmas with this remarkable mix of Jazz, Classical and Celtic sounds, this all-sibling group will inspire your listeners. With a breathtaking mix of holiday classics and originals performed by highly skilled Juilliard Musicians that will touch your audience like no other artists this year.

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The Annie Moses Band is a family of Juilliard trained musicians and award winning songwriters dedicated to virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex, viola, Benjamin, cello, Camille, harp/keyboard, Gretchen, violin/mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance  through musical excellence and strength of family, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

A Cowboy Christmas

From Western Folklife Center Media | 54:24

A musical and poetic celebration of Christmas from the open ranges of America's outback.

Default-piece-image-0 A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

Holiday Light: Singing Angels, Silver Bells

From William Zukof | 58:23

A diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind, one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles.

Hl1_small Holiday Light is a wonderfully diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles. The music is a delightful mix of familiar and historical songs and carols, including "Angelus ad Virginem," a popular carol from the thirteenth century; Spanish Renaissance motets and villancicos by Victoria, Guerrero, and Fernandes; early American music by William Billings; Appalachian folk songs and spirituals; and contemporary English and American carols. Featured are unique arrangements of the popular Christmas songs "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Christmas Time is Here," created especially for the Western Wind. Guest host, Roma Downey, weaves together the music with a narrative that is informative, witty, fresh and moving. Ms. Downey became a household word through her portrayal of the angel Monica in the hit CBS television series Touched by An Angel. The narration was written by Reverend K Karpen, the spiritual leader of the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew on the upper West Side of Manhattan, a well-known center of social activism. Karpen takes a relevant and charming approach to the themes and stories of Christmas that makes the events seem like they happened just yesterday.

Symphonic Holiday

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

If you’re a last minute Christmas shopper, or one who has already bought everything for the upcoming holiday you have already seen the beginning of the season that is either: as the song goes “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” or you have gotten your “Scrooge” on.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Juke In The Back #032 - R&B Christmas

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:59

The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll. So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

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The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s.  It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll.  From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys.  So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

A Latin American Christmas

From WFIU | 58:55

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!)


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A Shortcut To the North Pole

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 28:56

Hohoho...a remix like no other for the holidays. The Beatles and much more.

Santa_small Featuring Gene Autry, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band, The Crystals, Dilly dally, Lionel Barrymore, The Chipmunks, The Firesign Theatre, Howdy Doody, The Kinks, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Laurel & Hardy, Darlene Love, Martin Mull, NRBQ, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and George Bernard Shaw.

'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 28:57

It's time to rock around the Christmas tree.

Harp_small Everybody's heard Bing Crosby dream of a white Christmas and the Beach Boys harmonize about a little Saint Nick, but how about The Ronettes singing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?  Poet Tim Siebles, ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen, conductor John Guthmiller and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs share some lesser known holiday songs and explain why the music resonates with them this time of year.

A Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer

From Heidi Chang | 29:51

Experience the magic of a Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer, who weaves tales of Hawaiian holiday traditions along with his family's musical legacy.

Kaponobeamer4_small A Hawaiian Christmas with slack key master Kapono Beamer will fill your heart and soul with the Aloha spirit on Christmas Day.  He shares memories of what it was like growing up in the Beamer family, one of Hawaii's most respected musical families, and how they celebrated the holidays.  On his CD, "Great Grandmother, Great Grandson," Kapono plays music inspired by his great grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer.  She was a prominent Hawaiian songwriter in the first half of the 20th century, who was known for her exquisite melodies.

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uring this half-hour long music special hosted by Heidi Chang, Kapono also performs live, singing "Silent Night" in Hawaiian.  Hawaiian culture is based on the oral tradition.  So Kapono is passing on his family's rich cultural heritage, through his stories and music.  His island roots goes back to the 15th Century.  Kapono also talks story about music and life, and explains how his pop hit, "Only Good Times," ended up on the soundtrack of Hollywood's first big budget surf film, "Big Wednesday," directed by John Milius.

Kapono Beamer is a talented guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right.  As a member of the Beamer Brothers, one of Hawaii's most popular duos, he helped spark the Hawaiian renaissance in the 70's, creating a new contemporary Hawaiian sound.  The Beamer Brothers “Honolulu City Lights" album remains one of the most successful selling records in the history of Hawaiian music.  In 2006, Kapono’s recording, "Slack Key Dreams of the Ponomoe,” was nominated for a Grammy for Hawaiian Album of the Year.  He is a multiple winner of Hawaii's version of the Grammy Awards, known as the "Na Hoku Hanohano" Awards.

Note:  Since this music special initially aired, Kapono's grandmother, and also his mother, Nona Beamer, a gifted composer and hula master, have passed away.  But their spirit lives on through Kapono's storytelling, and the depth and beauty of his music.

To learn more about Kapono Beamer, visit his website. 

Tis the Season (half)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:56

Christmas music from jazz, to blues, to classical to world music, all introduced by artists, musicians, and writers.

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Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.  Poet Time Siebles, ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen, conductor John Guthmiller, and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burns, share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.