Holiday

Airs Thursday, November 26, at 1 p.m. With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it's Giving Thanks. New for 2015, two special guests: an artist in the kitchen, and an artist at the piano:

Christopher Kimball, founder, editor, and publisher of Cook's Illustrated Magazine, and host of public television most-watched cooking show, America's Test Kitchen. He’ll take us to his Vermont farm for a New England Thanksgiving, and talk about the experiences for which he’s most grateful.

Wednesday, November 25, 2 p.m. The Holiday season can be a minefield when it comes to good behavior. Do I wish people Merry or Happy or not? What if I get cornered by my weird uncle at the family gathering? How much of the menu do I need to change because my brother is now bringing a vegan? (Wait, now he's a vegan, too?) Can I still wear my favorite leather belt?

Wednesday, November 25, 1 p.m. Join us for the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate this season of gratitude and the gift of life with a wonderful array of musical selections featuring For the Beauty of the Earth; Prayer of Thanksgiving; Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Now Thank We All Our God; Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep; Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; Gently Raise the Sacred Strain; All Things Bright and Beautiful; the Shaker tune Simple Gifts; Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, from White Christmas; Hymn of Praise; and As the Dew from

Airs Friday, April 3, at 2 p.m.  Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal. "The music is an eclectic compilation of songs and compositions from many sources reflecting the tremendous diversity of Jewish cultures. Selections include Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder, including the 'adopted' song of slavery, the Negro spiritual "Go Down Moses"--all sung with the superb musicianship and zest that are hallmarks of Western Wind performances." Miami Jewish Journal.

Airs Thursday, December 25 at 2 p.m. What sweeter music can we bring than a carol… 17th-century English poet and cleric Robert Herrick captured the beauty of a joy-filled Christmas Day filled with sunshine and flowers. In 1988 John Rutter clothed these words in his own beautiful carol setting. This year the Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their new Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff, return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2014, a holiday concert that celebrates the beauty and joy of the season. This one-hour program, recorded live in concert, features beautiful music for the season by John Rutter, David Conte, Ola Gjielo, Michael Praetorious, Philip Stopford, and John Tavener, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.

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