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Airs Monday, December 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. New for 2017, "Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

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Airs Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. "Dreams of the Fallen: Coming Home" is a musical tribute to the men and women we honor each Veterans Day. Hosted by Steve Seel, the hourlong special's centerpiece is the short masterwork of the same title by young American composer Jake Runestad. The work sets the poetry of Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, and features pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the VocalEssence. Runestad’s and Turner’s works combine into a deeply moving exploration of experiences familiar to many veterans: returning home from war. The rest of the hour includes music performed by or related to the armed forces that veterans once served—the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard—and features music that emerged out of numerous American conflicts, including the Civil War, world wars I and II, Iraq, and Viet Nam.

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Airs Tuesday, December 20, at 2 p.m. A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

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Airs Wednesday, December 14, at 1 p.m. A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

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Airs Tuesday, December 22, at 2 p.m. A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. This year, a tribute to the late Dave Brubeck with his classical Christmas cantata "La Fiesta de la Posada." Playlist Still, Still, Still — Trad arr. Norman Luboff It Came Upon the Midnight Clear — Edmund Sears, arr. P. Brunelle When Christmas Morn is Dawning — Trad arr. Leland Sateren Deck the Halls — Trad arr.

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