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Make plans to tune in for one, or all, of these favorite and new holiday programs from American Public Media, NPR, and PRX. We hope that these programs add to your family’s holiday celebrations, and maybe even create some new traditions.

December 18th @ 6pm

Hanukkah Lights 2022 – NPR

This NPR favorite returns with the best of the best Hanukkah Lights stories from the last 30 years. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

December 18th @ 7pm 

Candles Burning Brightly – APM

Sponsored by: Greensboro Jewish Federation

A delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights! Lots of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus a hilarious lesson on how to prepare a classic Chanukah dish, and a timeless and touching holiday story that brings light into every home.

December 19th @ 8pm 

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella – PRX

Sponsored by: Greensboro Jewish Federation

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include “I Have a Little Dreidel” (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of “S’vivon” by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for “Al-Hanissim” (“For the Miracles”) by Elliot Levine. 

December 20th @ 8pm

All Is Bright – APM

Sponsored by: Moore Music

Hosted by Lynne Warfel, All Is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas features one hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism. Presenting sacred choral music grouped in a way to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene, All Is Bright includes artists such as Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

December 21st @ 8pm

A Paul Winter Solstice – NPR

Sponsored by: Kneaded Energy

Celebrate the return of the sun with a performance recorded in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Musicians include gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist and singer Arto Tunçboyacıyan and double reed wizard Paul McCandless. Hear the American Performance Premiere of the Grammy-winning suite MIHO with The Paul Winter Consort: Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield, and the thundering Cathedral Pipe Organ. WNYC’s John Schaefer hosts. 

December 22nd @ 8pm

A Chanticleer Christmas – APM

Sponsored by: Pennybyrn

A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as “an orchestra of voices.” 

December 23rd @ 8pm

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – APM

Sponsored by: Pennybyrn

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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and features more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. 

December 24th @ 10am 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – APM (click to learn more about the service and its rich history)

Sponsored by: Pennybryrn

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King’s College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. 

December 24th @ 7pm

The Martha Bassett Show

Sponsored by: The Martha Bassett Show

Tune in to The Martha Bassett Show and celebrate the holidays with the festive sounds of big band jazz, Americana, and many of your favorite classics. Martha sings a few and shares some of her favorite performances from right here in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

December 24th @ 8pm

A Mountain Stage Holiday – NPR

Sponsored by: Eastern Music Festival

Join Mountain Stage and Larry Gross for an hour filled with beautiful music to mark the season. The show features Holly Cole, Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Loudon Wainwright III, The Roches, Kathy Mattea and more. All performances were recorded live on the Mountain Stage.

December 25th @ 6pm

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs – NPR

Sponsored by: Moore Music

Korva Coleman hosts one of the great holiday traditions in America: the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation — get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It’s a joyous celebration of the schools’ tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. 

December 25th @ 7pm

Occasional Shivers – PRX/WUNC

Sponsored by: Crossnore

Set in 1960s Manhattan, this radio drama is composed by Southern-pop icon Chris Stamey.  With music, song and dialogue, the hour-long piece tells the story of two young musicians who fall in and out of love at Christmas time.  Featured performers include Mike Wiley, Branford Marsalis, Nneena Freelon, Marshall Crenshaw, Presyce Baez, WUNC’s Eric Hodge, Don Dixon, Millie McGuire, Kirsten Lambert, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz, Marti Jones and an all-star band that includes jazz greats Scott Sawyer, Will Campbell, John Brown and Bill Frisell.

December 25th @ 8pm

A Mountain Stage Holiday – NPR

Sponsored by: Eastern Music Festival

Join Mountain Stage and Larry Gross for an hour filled with beautiful music to mark the season. The show features Holly Cole, Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Loudon Wainwright III, The Roches, Kathy Mattea and more. All performances were recorded live on the Mountain Stage.

December 26th @ 8pm

We Stand On Top Of The Mountain: A Kwanzaa Celebration – APM

Sponsored by: Crossnore

This Kwanzaa, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 1, we celebrate African-American culture with composers that have imbued the essence of the Seven Principles in their timeless and joyous music hosted by Jeffrey Yelverton. This brand new Kwanzaa special features music from Black Violin, Jessie Montgomery, Billy Childs and Leonard Brown.

December 27th @ 8pm

An Afro Blue Christmas – NPR

Sponsored by: The Martha Bassett Show

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Hear the a-cappella group perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions…music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris. 

December 28th @ 8pm

A Soulful Christmas – APM

Sponsored by: Mother’s Finest Family Farm

Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu host this uplifting Christmas program. A Soulful Christmas celebrates classical music by Black artists, while exploring Spirituals, Gospel Music, Jazz, and other Black musical traditions. 

December 29th @ 8pm

Welcome Christmas – APM

Sponsored by: Pennybyrn

This perennial Christmas favorite is from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries. 

December 30th @ 8pm

Festivo AltLatino with Cantigas – NPR

Sponsored by: Hispanic League

NPR Music’s Alt.Latino presents a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

December 31st @ 8pm – Midnight

Toast Of The Nation – NPR

Sponsored by: Moore Music

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, and it’s sure to be a good time, even without big parties. 

January 1st @ 11am – 1pm

New Year’s from Vienna 2022 – NPR

Sponsored by: Pennybyrn

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever-popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You’ll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas, and more – a festive way to start off the New Year.


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