Christmas

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Airs Thursday, December 22, at 11 a.m. This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

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Airs Monday, December 19, at 9 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 12, at 11 a.m. Scott Blankenship and The Singers' Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

Airs Friday, December 25, at 11 a.m. A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir.

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And suddenly it is Christmas. It is rainy and will be in the 70s. Three years ago it snowed on Christmas Day, the first white Christmas here in many decades. This year, we will be wearing T-shirts and shorts. You never know what an East Texas winter will bring.

This can be a melancholy season. Many of us equate the Christmas season with tragedy and loss. We push through it and prevail. Everything usually turns out OK as families gather, a few empty seats at the table. But there is a tear in the fabric of our lives that cannot be mended.

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