Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.



Sun December 23, 2012
Holiday Special

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Airs Sunday, December 23 at 5:00 p.m. This program features 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. 


Sat December 22, 2012
Holiday Special

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert

Airs Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.  Once again on the darkest night of the year, NPR Music presents the illuminating tradition From New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine: the 32nd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Mbira Master Chris Berry and The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. 


Sat December 22, 2012
Holiday Specials

A Cajun Christmas

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. 

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Sat December 22, 2012
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

A scene from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville"
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 22 at 12:00 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, a new holiday presentation designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. Bartlett Sher’s adaptation of his popular 2006 production will have a running time of approximately two hours and feature an English-language libretto by J. D. McClatchy, the American poet who also provided the translation for the Met’s holiday production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars as the feisty heroine Rosina, opposite tenor Alek Shrader as the lovestruck Count Almaviva, and baritone Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, the titular man-about-town. Yves Abel conducts, and the cast also includes bass-baritone John Del Carlo and bass Jordan Bisch. The Barber of Seville will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 Noon CT on Saturday, December 22.


Fri December 21, 2012
Holiday Special

Austin Music Unlimited Holiday Special

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.