Holiday Program Guide 2020

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Monday, December 14

8 p.m. — Hanukkah Lights 2020

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Saturday, December 19

Noon — Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Featuring stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

1 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

2 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR’s past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

3 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites

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 in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

6 p.m. — A Mountain Stage Holiday

From the heartfelt to the humorous, Mountain Stage looks back at the songs and stories that remind us of this special time of year. The show features special guests Holly Cole, Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Loudon Wainwright III, The Roches, Kathy Mattea and more.

7 p.m. — Food & Fellowship: A Holiday Special from WBHM

Two of the South’s best-known performers come together for songs and stories for the holiday season. Food and Fellowship stars musician Bobby Horton and storyteller Dolores Hydock in a holiday classic like you’ve never heard before. Recorded live at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and produced by WBHM.

Wednesday, December 23

7 p.m. — Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Featuring stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

9 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR’s past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

10 p.m. — Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites

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 in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Thursday, December 24

9 a.m. — A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Live)

This 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 music.

11 a.m. — Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — two of the most prestigious historically Black institutions in the nation — get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It’s a joyous celebration of the schools’ tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Noon — An Afro Blue Christmas

A holiday concert with Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Hear the a-cappela group perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions — music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

1 p.m. — Festivo Alt Latino

NPR Music’s Alt.Latino presents a 2015 encore featuring songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada. Recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas, she was joined by special guests Gina Chavez, Chicano Zen, and bandleader and record producer Michael Ramos.

2 p.m. — Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

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.

3 p.m. — A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

This 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 music.

5 – 12 a.m. — Holiday-themed Classical Music

Friday, December 25

9 a.m. — Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church, New York

Handel’s “Messiah” performed by The Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner.

12 p.m. — St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 St. Olaf Christmas Festival will not be performed live. The program for this year will feature archived music from previous broadcasts as well as retrospective interviews.

1 p.m. — Holiday-themed Classical Music

4 p.m. — Food & Fellowship: A Holiday Special from WBHM

Two of the South’s best-known performers come together for songs and stories for the holiday season. Food and Fellowship stars musician Bobby Horton and storyteller Dolores Hydock in a holiday classic like you’ve never heard before. Recorded live at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and produced by WBHM.

5  p.m. — Holiday-themed Classical Music

Friday, January 1, 2020

8 p.m — New Year’s Day From Vienna

The ever popular annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti. You’ll hear favorite waltzes, polkas and more — a great way to start off 2021!