Airs Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. Setting the standard for choral excellence for 90 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The Choir has recorded Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works with Maestro Joe Miller and organist Ken Cowan. This recording is the centerpiece of Noël: A Christmas from Paris.
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. More than 500 talented students perform hymns, carols and choral works. A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Air Monday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they pay tribute to those who sacrifice and serve our nation through music. You'll hear the Choir in America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, Our God Is Marching On, Prelude on My Country, 'Tis of Thee', Distant Land, Spoken Word, The Last Full Measure of Devotion, Cohan's Big Three, God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand, This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is Your Land, The House I Live In, Our God Is Marching On, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, and My Country, 'Tis of Thee.
Airs Sunday, December 26 at 8:00 p.m. An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Lisa Simeone. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW