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 Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. This holiday season, Madrigalia returns to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia: A Time to Rejoice. This program of holiday cheer fills the season with joy, and features many Madrigalia favorites along with some new seasonal tunes to brighten the darkest of winter's days. The program features settings of familiar tunes and texts by some of today's most brilliant young composers along with some less familiar, yet captivating melodies. Christmas with Madrigalia was conducted by Lee Wright and recorded live in concert at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. The special includes music by David Hogan, Eric Whitacre, Roger Wilhelm, Cary Ratcliff, Libby Larsen and others.
Airs Tuesday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. The 12-man San Francisco vocal ensemble bring their special seasonal glee to traditional carols and newer works. A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.
Airs Thursday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate Thanksgiving in song and spoken word with Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, For the Beauty of the Earth, the Shaker Song Simple Gifts, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, Thanks be to God, Look at the World, We Gather Together, Because I Have Been Given Much, and Come Ye Thankful People.
Airs Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. Bloomington, Indiana is home to a thriving arts scene. Music, theater, and dance performances abound, with local talent coming from one of the nation’s top ranking music schools, Indiana University. The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music made 2011 an especially exciting year by debuting the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. Joshua Bell, classical music superstar and one of the school’s most famous alumni, played Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern. Other highlights of the festival included performances by legendary pianist and Distinguished Professor Menhem Pressler and by the eclectic string trio Time for Three.