/ Modified dec 19, 2018 12:56 p.m.

Holiday Programming on Classical 90.5. and NPR 89.1

Arizona Public Media radio stations NPR 89.1, and Classical 90.5 present a festive line-up of holiday specials.

NPR/Classical Holiday Programming December means great holiday programming all month long on NPR 89.1 and Classical 90.5.

Join Classical 90.5 and NPR 89.1 for a variety of festive holiday specials.

Holiday programming on Classical 90.5

Holiday programming on NPR 89.1

Classical 90.5

December 24
5pm
Winter Holidays Around the World
Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Host Bill McGlaughlin gets us started with in the 12th century Italian Christmas music. We’ll also hear jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s classical composition La Fiesta de la Posada, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Debussy in Paris, a Polynesian hymn, and an exceprt from Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production.

6pm
Arizona Repertory Singers
“Heaven Full of Stars,” a special holiday concert by the Arizona Repertory Singers.Repeats December 15 at 1pm)

7pm
Exploring Music
Bill explains the essence, resonance, and imagery in each of Bach’s six cantatas comprising the Christmas Oratorio -- written for the days of the Lutheran church year -- celebrating Christmas to Epiphany with intimate arias and spirited choruses. (Repeats December 25 at 7 p.m.)

8pm
Holiday Card to Tucson
The University of Arizona Choirs presents their 18th annual holiday gift to their southern Arizona community. (Repeats December 25 at 10am)

10pm
New York Philharmonic
Winter Holiday Jukebox.

December 25
6am
Winter Holidays Around the World
Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.

7am
St. Olaf Concert
Enjoy hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

9am
Welcome Christmas
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. Enjoy an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

10am
Holiday Card to Tucson

12pm
Chatham Baroque: A Jubilant Season 2018
Ring in the holiday season with Baroque music from internationally renowned Chatham Baroque. Each year the Pittsburgh-based ensemble presents dazzling historically informed interpretations of 17th and 18th century music at Chatham University.

1pm
Arizona Repertory Singers

2pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Messiah
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh come together for one of the most festive musical events of the year.

4pm
A Concierto Christmas 2018
Concierto is the nation’s first bilingual classical music program presented in English and in Spanish. This new holiday edition of the program features a broad range of sacred and seasonal selections, spanning from Renaissance Spain to the 20th century in South America and the U.S. Southwest.

6pm
Hollywood Holiday
Host Lynne Warfel offers a festive musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

7pm
Exploring Music

8pm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu conducts Gounod's Saint Cecilia Mass.

Tuesday, January 1
9am
New Year’s Day From Vienna 2019
The Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Riccardo Muti present its annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more.

NPR 89.1
December 24
7 pm
Tinsel Tales (4)
Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. (Repeats December 25 at 9am)

8pm
Holiday Jazz with Dee Alexander Pianist Miguel de la Cerna, bassist Junius Paul and drummer Yussef Ernie Adams, will accompany beloved Chicago vocalist and WFMT Jazz Network host Dee Alexander in songs and reminiscences of holidays past. The performance includes favorites “White Christmas,” “Coventry Carol”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and show-stopping renditions of spirituals inspired by Chicago gospel legend Mahalia Jackson

9pm
A Jazz Piano Christmas
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music A Jazz Piano Christmas, an annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. This year, Jason Moran will be joined by artists including Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones and James Francies.

10pm
Joy To The World, A Holiday In Pink
The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro.

11pm
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson. (Repeats December 25 at 11am)

December 25
9am
Tinsel Tales 4
A public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. 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.

10am
Hollywood Holiday
Whether you head out for a Christmas movie or not, you’re invited to join American Public Media’s Lynn Warfel for Hollywood Holiday. The program offers a festive musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

11am
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

December 29
3pm
The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday- Year End Special
The Capitol Steps’ comedy troupe presents a New Year’s edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday,” featuring songs from their latest album, Make America Grin Again.

December 31
7pm to 1am
Toast Of The Nation
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Each stop along the way features a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. We’ll hear sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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