Holiday Specials on Red River Radio

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of holiday special for the season beginning the day before Thanksgiving. Programs for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, &  New Years, Passover, Easter, The High Holy Days, and more, which celebrate our diverse culture through the sacred and secular, classical, jazz, folk, world, and popular music, story telling, drama, humor, cooking, religion, philosophy, and more. Join us as we Celebrate with each other throughout this season of Joy. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at


Airs Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. Swing into the holiday season with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s take on Christmas classics, featuring Catherine Russell on vocals.

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Airs Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at 10 p.m. From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the producers of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce"- pianist Bob Thompson's "Joy to the World" celebrates the season with jazz arrangements of holiday favorites new and old, featuring special guest vocalist Meredith Dean Augustin. You'll hear Augustin put her special touch on "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah,"among others.

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Repeat Broadcast Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. Imagine a musical party that celebrates the hopes, dreams and joy that animates seasonal festivals the world over. That is what inspired Yo-Yo Ma to create "Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party" with a remarkable group of friends.

Hosted by John Schaefer, this one-hour holiday special combines the joy of music with the gift of discovery as shared and performed by friends old and new. James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Renee Fleming, The Silk Road Ensemble, Jake Shimabukuro and others discuss the collaborations they recorded with Ma.

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Airs Monday, December 25, 2017, at 11 p.m. This is a special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs 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.

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Airs Monday, December 25, 2017, at 10 p.m. 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.