Holiday Radio Programming

WUFT 89.1 / 90.1 HOLIDAY SPECIALS (Christmas, Chanukkah, & Kwanzaa)

SATURDAY, Dec. 21:

1 p.m.   Jonathan Winter’s ‘A Christmas Carol’
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.

2 p.m.   Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Stories
David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

6 p.m.   Hanukkah Lights 2019
A perennial NPR favorite, this special features all new Hanukkah stories written by Lynne Bronstein, R.L. Maizes, Susan J. Gordon, Jennifer Lang, and Kate Schmier. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

7 p.m.   Candles Burning Brightly®
MPR classical music host Mindy Ratner hosts this 2017 encore celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. “Candles Burning Brightly” explores the meaning and traditions of Chanukah, including holiday foods and Sephardic and Ashkenazi music.

8 p.m.   Soul Circuit with Margi Hatch
WUFT’s Margi Hatch features a mix holiday favorites from some of your favorite artists.

11 p.m.   A Jazz Piano Christmas 2019
This year’s edition features a mix of artists from the East Coast and West Coast jazz scenes. A Piano Jazz Christmas was recorded live from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22:

12 a.m.   Christmas with Morehouse & 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.

1 a.m.   Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration
Jazz Night in America brings you holiday classics from their past five seasons – featuring fresh arrangements and entertaining storytelling recorded live from Rose Theater in New York City. You’ll hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, plus special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. Christian McBride hosts.

2 a.m.   A Funk Show Christmas
Enjoy your holiday with a little funk in your stocking with The Ohio Players, Bootsy Collins, James Brown, The Temptations, The Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and others.

3 a.m.   UpFront Soul Christmas Special
We’re putting the Christmas cheer in high gear with seasonal songs from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, James Brown, and Michael Jackson, with a Latin Christmas set kicked off by (gulp) William Shatner.

2 p.m.   All Songs Considered for the Holidays: Bob And Robin’s Holiday Cruise to Bermuda
This year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. Along the way they meet a few special guests aboard the ship, including John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, William Shatner, Lucius, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell, who all try to share their own good cheer for the holidays.

3 p.m.   Hollywood Holiday: The Ebenezer Edition
Join movie fan and host Lynne Warfel for a Humbug Festival. Lynne features some of the best loved interpretations of the old miser with scores that are pure gold.

4 p.m.   Itzakh Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday — some serious, some silly.

8 p.m.   WUFT Encore! with Dana Hill: Sounds of the Season 2019
“A World of Joy” featuring the UF Symphony Orchestra, UF Concert Choir, and Gainesville Master Chorale, directed by Will Kesling.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25:

12 a.m.   Pittsburgh Symphony Radio: Handel’s Messiah
Stand up and sing along as Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and soloists in Handel’s Messiah.

2 a.m.   Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration (2017 Encore)
Celebrate the Return of the Sun – and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

4 a.m.   The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special from NPR
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.

5 a.m.   Joy to the World with Bob Thompson featuring Guest Paula Cole
Join Jazz pianist Bob Thompson, The Bob Thompson Band and guest vocalist, Paula Cole for a celebration of the holidays! This special celebrates the season with jazz arrangements of holiday favorites new and old, featuring special guest vocalist, Grammy winner Paula Cole. You’ll hear Cole put her special touch on some classic songs, including “Winter Weather,” “O Christmas Tree” and her whistling solo during “Let It Snow!”

SATURDAY, DEC. 28:

6 p.m.   A Season’s Griot
Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.

7 p.m.   Chanukkah in Story and Song – sung by The Western Wind, narrated by Leonard Nimoy
The acclaimed vocal sextet and the renowned actor present 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and their original version of “I Have a Little Dreydle.” The singers sing a cappella and are also joined by instruments including violin, accordion, bass and guitar. The narration written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik sheds light on the holiday customs and rituals.

TUESDAY, DEC. 31:

10 p.m. The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2019
What better time to laugh at politics than now, with election season gearing up? After all, the Capitol Steps won’t tell you any actual useful information, but they will tell you what rhymes with Pete Buttigieg.

11 p.m. NPR’s Toast of the Nation 2019 (4 hours)
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. This year we are featuring some of the best jazz collectives playing today. We’ll hear the Baltimore Collective recorded live at The Keystone Korner, The Michael Leonhart Orchestra at The Jazz Standard, The SFJAZZ Collective in San Francisco and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20:

10 p.m.   St. Olaf Christmas Festival: A New Song of Grace and Truth
This service in song and word has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes 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. Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21:

7 p.m.   Itzakh Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday — some serious, some silly.

10 p.m.   Music of Baroque: Brass and Choral Holiday Concert
Hosted by celebrated WFMT host Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22:

8 p.m.   The Carol Connection
This special features classical works that have inspired carols, and carols that have found their way into works by Bizet, Respighi, Liszt, and others.

9 p.m.   Christmastime in New York: Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Recorded live at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents a program that spans hundreds of years and tells the story of the nativity.

MONDAY, DEC. 23:

8 p.m.  Center Stage from Wolf Trap Holiday Special
The special includes previously unreleased performances by Calmus, Swingle Singers, Boston Brass and the Washington Symphonic Brass.

9 p.m. Center Stage from Wolf Trap Holiday Special
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TUESDAY, DEC. 24:

10 a.m.   A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2019 (Live)
Audiences will share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

8 p.m.   A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2019 (Rebroadcast)
Audiences will share in a recorded live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

10 p.m. Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church, New York (3 Hours)
Handel’s “Messiah” performed by The Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25:

8 p.m.   Pittsburgh Symphony Radio: Handel’s Messiah
Stand up and sing along as Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and soloists in Handel’s Messiah.

10 p.m.   A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2019 (Rebroadcast)
Audiences will share in a recorded live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue,

SATURDAY, DEC. 28:

7 p.m.   A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago A Cappella
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. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1:

11 a.m.   New Year’s Day from Vienna 2020
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna with Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting. You’ll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more — a great way to start off the New Year. Hosted by WBUR’s Lisa Mullins.