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 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 wbeckett@lsus.edu

Holiday Specials 2016

Advent Voices - Airs Tuesday, November 29, at 11 a.m.

The Rose Ensemble: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas - Airs Thursday, December 1, at 11 a.m.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World - Airs Monday, December 5, at 11 a.m.

Christmas with Madrigalia - Airs Tuesday, December 6, at 1 p.m.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Airs Wednesday, December 7, at 1 p.m.

A Chanticleer Christmas - Airs Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m.

Harmonia: Anonymous 4 Holiday Special - Airs Friday, December 9, at 11 a.m.

Carols & Cheer - Airs Monday, December 12, at 11 a.m.

Peace On The Battle Field: The Christmas Truce of WW I - Airs Monday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Airs Tuesday, December 13 at 11 a.m.

The Rose Ensemble: An Elizabethan Christmas - Airs Tuesday, December 13, at 1 p.m.

Harmonia Holiday Special: Noel, Noel! - Airs Wednesday, December 14, at 11 a.m.

Welcome Christmas 2016 - Airs Wednesday, December 14, at 1 p.m.

A Winter Solstice with Helicon - Airs Friday, December 16, at 9 p.m.

Christmas in Appalachia - Airs Friday, December 16, at 11 p.m.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band - Airs Sunday, December 18, at 9 p.m.

A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols - Airs Monday, December 19, at 11 a.m.

An Afro Blue Christmas - Airs Monday, December 19, at 9 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble: Early American Christmas - Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 11 a.m.

Christmas with Madrigalia 2016 - Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 1 p.m.

Welcome Christmas 2016 - Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 2 p.m.

The Dinner Party Download Holiday Special, Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 9 p.m.

Jazz Piano Christmas - Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 10 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble: Vamos a Belén - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 11 a.m.

Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 1 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble: Slavic Wonders - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 2 p.m.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 9 p.m.

Joy to the World 2016 - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 10 p.m.

Occasional Shivers - Airs Wednesday, December 21, at 11 p.m.

A Chanticleer Christmas 2016 - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 11 a.m.

The Rose Ensemble: Christmas in Baroque Malta - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 1 p.m.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 2 p.m.

The Splendid Table's Homemade Holidays with America's Test Kitchen - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m.

Hanukkah A Great Miracle Happened There - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 8 p.m.

Jazz Piano Christmas XXVII - Airs Thursday, December 22, at 9 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party - Airs Friday, December 23, at 2 p.m.

Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration - Airs Friday, December 23, at 9 p.m.

An Afro Blue Christmas - Airs Friday, December 23, at 11 p.m.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Airs Saturday, December 24, at 9 a.m.

Advent Voices - Airs Saturday, December 24, at 3 p.m.

A Cajun Christmas - Airs Saturday, December 24, at 9 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church, New York - Airs, Sunday, December 25, at 11 a.m.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 2 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble: Christmas in Baroque Malta - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 3 p.m.

Hollywood Holiday - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 5 p.m.

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 6 p.m.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 7 p.m.

Song Travels: Home For The Holidays - Airs Sunday, December 25, at 8 p.m.

Hanukkah Lights 2016 - Airs Monday, December 26, at 11 a.m.

Yiddish Radio Project Holiday Special, - Airs Monday, December 26, at 8-10 p.m.

Candles Burning Brightly - Airs Tuesaday, December 27, at 2 p.m.

The Kabbalah of Chanukah - Airs Tuesday, December 27, at 8 p.m.

A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe - Airs Wednesday, December 28, at 8 p.m.

Toast of the Nation - Airs Saturday, December 31, at 8 p.m.

New! New Year's Day From Vienna 2017 - Airs Sunday, January 1, at 10 a.m.

Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2016 - Airs Sunday, January 1, at 12 noon

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2016 - Airs Sunday, January 1, at 8 p.m.
 

Airs Saturday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll! Each holiday season, join singer-songwriter Monty Brown for A Cajun Christmas. Brown offers up spicy reminiscences from some of the bayou folk, and draws out more poignant memories from others. But mostly it's the music that tells the story. You'll find yourself two-steppin' and waltzin' to "Joyeux Noël" as swamp fiddles, accordions, and singers cook up a holiday gumbo, a delicious feast for the spirit and the ears! The program features internationally known and locally prized music-makers. Some of the songs are familiar, like "Vive le vent" ("Jingle Bells") and the traditional French "Il est né." Artists include fiddler Michael Doucet, accordionist Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold, and Harrison Fontenot. These Cajun revelers' mirth is positively infectious, and their gift, compelling. 

Airs Friday, December 21 at 9:00 p.m. An hour of rare, exclusive and fun seasonal music from deep in the heart of you-know-where...! 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. 

Airs Thursday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. This year's annual special Christmas broadcast from the Washington National Cathedral with the Cathedral Girls' Choir brings a unique performance of Benjamin Britten's much-loved Ceremony of Carols, marking 70 years from its first performance in England in 1942. Often performed by boys and harp, its first performance was in London with women's voices and the celebrated Welsh harpist Osian Ellis. The girls are joined by young actors from Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ, who present the biblical narrative in their own words and commentary.

Airs Thursday, December 20 at 1:00 p.m. The Dallas Christmas Lessons & Carols has emerged as one of the most distinctive holiday events in Texas. Taking its British forebear as a starting point, it has made the rhythm of the familiar service its own in both song and text. The artistic director, Scott Dettra, is widely regarded as one of the finest concert organists of his generation, whose career has taken him from major appointments in Philadelphia and Washington, where he was associate director at National Cathedral.

Airs Wednesday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m.  “The Gift of the Magi” is Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s first radio play. The half-hour adaptation of O. Henry’s classic Christmas story was dramatized by Jack Heifner, SFA resident playwright and Broadway veteran writer, and directed by SFA Senior Lecturer Jackie Rosenfeld. Heifner opens his play in an early 20th century pub where an author named William Sidney Porter (O. Henry's real name) is heard worrying about a deadline for a Christmas story due to a New York magazine. An affectionate pair of youthful pub-goers inspires Porter to write what would become his best-known work—the story of a struggling young wife and husband who make extraordinary sacrifices to buy one another Christmas gifts. The presents prove so ironic that the twist ending has become one of the most famous in the history of the short story form.

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