KBIA Holiday Programming

Tues., 12/17,  9-10pm      

Highlights from the Missouri Symphony Societies’ 2013 Conservatory Concert  

Excerpts from the December 1, 2013 Missouri Symphony Society Conservatory Concert. Features selections from the MOSS’ Young Artists Philharmonic and MOSS Chorale.

Tues., 12/17, 10-11pm     

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

Weds., 12/18, 9-10pm      

Christmas with Morehouse and Spellman Glee Clubs           

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. Korva Coleman hosts.

Weds., 12/18, 10-11pm    

Welcome Christmas          

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.


Daniel Kantor - Night of Silence

Trad arr. Ola Gjeilo - The Holly and the Ivy

Mykola Leontovich - Carol of the Bells

Conrad Susa - Fum, Fum, Fum

James Pierpont - Jingle Bells (arr. Moore)

John Rutter - What Sweeter Music

David Biedenbender - This Night (World Premiere)

Dominick Argento - The Masque of Angels: Sanctus

Gian Carlo Menotti - Shepherd's Dance

John Gardner - Tomw Shall Be My Dancing Day

Franz Biebl - Ave Maria

Sheena Phillips - The Christmas Bird (World Premie..

Mark Sirett - Thou Shalt Know Him

Adolphe Adam - O Holy Night

Trad arr. Wilberg - I Saw Three Ships

Thurs., 12/19, 9-11pm     


The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wish you and yours A Joyous Holiday Season, as we offer our annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure.

Please join our host, Kerry Frumkin, as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Boris Ord, Paul Manz, Samuel Scheidt; Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli; Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britton, Harod Darke and John Tavener among others.

Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration.  Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion.  Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.  Diverse in nationality, temporality and musical style, the stories the pieces in this program tell are nonetheless similar in their message.  Many are related to the Christmas narrative, shedding light on different facets of the tale, while others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe the season inspires can last the entire year.  Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn’t the only one at work in this program.  What better way to celebrate the holiday season?

The chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque are comprised of approximately 60 professional musicians.  Chorus members have active operatic and recital careers and many perform regularly both in the United States and abroad.  Many members are also members of other leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras.

Fri, 12/20, 9-10pm

Jazz Piano Christmas XXIX           

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs. Additional artists TBA.

Fri., 12/20,10-11pm         

Big Band Holidays

No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center!  Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp.  The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts. 

Sat., 12/21, 9-11pm           

Winter Solstice Celebration

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Forces of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

The Winter Solstice Celebration is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the return of the sun, as the Earth begins its rotational cycle back towards summer. Now in its 33rd year, the performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest cathedral, is New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City Christmas.

The Consort musicians: Paul Winter, soprano sax; Paul McCandless, oboe and English horn; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboards; Jamey Haddad, drums; Eliot Wadopian, bass; and Tim Brumfield, pipe organ. The Sextet musicians: Paul Winter, alto sax; Warren Bernhardt, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Marvin Stamm, trumpet; and Howard Johnson, baritone sax.

Sun., 12/22, 7-8pm

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Featured Stories:

•          Dad 'n' Sam (Jay Allison)

•          Homeless Christmas (Lee Stringer)

•          Christmas Morning, 1949 (Sylvia Seymour/Paul Auster)

•          Low-Glamour Christmas Party (Bailey White)

•          Doing it in the Closet (John McIlwraith)

•          Christopher (Jay O'Callahan)

•          Ode to Christmas (Chuck Kramer)

•          Santaland Diaries (David Sedaris)

•          Modern Day Joseph and Mary (Scott Simon)

•          John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story (John Henry Faulk)

Sun., 12/22, 8-9pm

Festivo Alt.Latino   

Latin American holiday traditions often reflect both indigenous and European roots with distinct characteristics that are often only similar in the language used.

NPR Music's Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd take us on a Latin American holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four very different Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots.

Latin Alternative music is at its core a cultural hybrid of tradition mixed with genres like hip hop, rock, punk and electronic dance music. Contreras and Garsd have assembled a sampling of some of the genre's most creative minds to share holiday music from four very rich Latin American cultures.

Mon, 12/23, 9-10pm         


Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast. Begin a new tradition with your listeners.

Mon, 12/23, 10-11pm       

A Chanticlear Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

Tues, 12/24, 9-11pm        

St. Olaf Christmas Special

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. 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.

Weds 12/25, 9-11pm        

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols  

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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.

Sat., 12/28, 10-11pm         


This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program will celebrate Family with familiar and favorite elements of Griot, and plenty of music.

Tues., 12/31, 10pm – 4am

Toast of the Nation

Toast of the Nation 2013-14 will make New Year's Eve stops in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Denver and the Monterey Jazz Festival!

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.

Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO (Becca Pulliam) and NPR Music (Suraya Mohamed) with segments from Berklee College of Music and WGBH Boston, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz Forum Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, WFMT Chicago, KUVO Jazz 89 in Denver, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.


You’re invited to six parties, from east to west, with musical fireworks for midnight in all four continental time zones, guided all night by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton.

About The Performers

•          2100-2159 ET -- Donald Harrison Quintet LIVE at Berklee College of Music with MC Eric Jackson from 89.7 WGBH.

•          2200-2259 ET -- Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio from the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Festival.

•          2300-0014 ET -– NEW YORK: The Wynton Marsalis Septet LIVE at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, with WBGO MC Josh Jackson.

•          0015 - 0114 ET -- CHICAGO: Paquito D'Rivera with Strings and More at Mayne Stage with Elbio Barilari, host of WFMT's Fiesta!

•          0115-0214 ET -- DENVER: Convergence with Special Guest Larry Goldings, keyboards, at DazzleJazz with KUVO MC Carlos Lando.

•          0215-0314 ET -- Bobby McFerrin and the spirityouall band from the 56th Monterey Jazz Festival: Gil Goldstein: Piano, Electric Piano, Accordion, Arranger; David Mansfield, Violin, Mandolin, National Resonator Guitar, and Lap Steel; Armand Hirsch, Acoustic and Electric Guitar; Jeff Carney, Acoustic Bass; Louis Cato, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals; and special guest: Madison McFerrin, Vocals.

•          0315-0359 ET -- Donald Harrison Quintet (see 2100).

•          0415-0459 ET -- Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio (see 2200).

Weds., 1/1/14, 10am-noon

New Year's Day from Vienna 2014      

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo of WCRB Classical New England, a service of WGBH.