Nov. 29, 2014   28°F   School Closings
Listen Live WCPN / WCLV
ideastream
Mission 4
Values 1
Values 2
Values 3
Vision 3
Vision 4
Vision 5
Values 4
Values 5
Values 6
Vision 1
Vision 2

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9
WVIZ/PBS

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9
WVIZ/PBS

Holiday Delights

Explore the holiday program offerings from WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream below.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Gerald Freedman, Paula Vogel and Neil Gaiman

Gerald Freedman, Paula Vogel and Neil Gaiman
The Sound of Applause: 2:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Dee Perry shares her interview with former artist director for Great Lakes Theater Gerald Freedman the creator of Great Lakes' A Christmas Carol production. Plus Dee welcomes Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel to preview Dobama Theater's production of A Civil War Christmas. And Dan Polletta talks with author Neil Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer about the art of the audio book.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Chanukah in Story and Song

Chanukah in Story and Song
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, “Chanukah in Story and Song” is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners.

This delightfully engaging program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble’s original version of “I Have a Little Dreydle.”

The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday’s customs and rituals. Listeners of all ages will hum the tunes after enjoying this wonderful program.

Hanukkah Lights 2014

Hanukkah Lights 2014
10:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there’s one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, “Love is the only miracle.” Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

A Paul Winter Solstice 2014

A Paul Winter Solstice 2014
10:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s All New 34th 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 Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.

Ivan Lins has moved audiences with his Latin Grammy-winning compositions for over 30 years. His music has been performed and interpreted by countless artists, including icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand, and Quincy Jones. Lins joins Winter in St. John The Divine’s to mark the Solstice in song.

Renato Braz began to sing at five. He spent his teens playing the bars of Sao Paulo. Braz’s four solo albums in the past two decades have established him as great world vocalist and remarkable songwriter. This year he takes the Solstice stage with Paul Winter to perform his own achingly beautiful compositions, some Solstice favorites, and songs of iconic Brazilian songwriter Ivan Lins, alongside Lins, gospel singer Theresa Thomason, The Paul Winter Consort, and a Brazilian chorus. 

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

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)

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

All Songs Considered for the Holidays

All Songs Considered for the Holidays
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

It’s the sixth edition of a weird holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you’ll never hear at the mall or your mother’s house. 

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
10:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

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.

As It Happens annual reading of The Sheppard
8:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

The Shepherd is a 1976 novel by Frederick Forsyth; created originally as a Christmas gift to his wife after she requested a ghost story be written for her. Written on Christmas Day, and published near that time a year later, the idea came while trying to think of a setting away from the typical haunted homes, and seeing planes flying overhead. Forsyth, a former RAF pilot, relates the story of a De Havilland Vampire pilot going home on Christmas Eve 1957, whose aircraft suffers a complete electrical failure en route from northern Germany to Suffolk. Lost in fog and low on fuel, he is met and led (or shepherded) to a disused RAF dispersal field by the pilot of a De Havilland Mosquito fighter/bomber of WWII vintage, who has apparently been sent up to guide him in. His attempts to find a rational explanation for his eventual rescue prove troublesome. However, some time after he lands at the airfield he learns that his savior was Johnny Kavanagh, a wartime RAF pilot who had been stationed there and who had guided crippled bombers home. The Vampire pilot also learns that Kavanagh disappeared over the North Sea in his Mosquito on his last mission, on Christmas Eve, exactly fourteen years before. Beginning in 1979 the story has been broadcast each year on Christmas Eve on the CBC As It Happens, read by the late Alan Maitland.

The Cleveland Orchestra Messiah
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

The Cleveland Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at Severance Hall

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols re-air

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols re-air
11:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

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.

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

A Jazz Zone Christmas

A Jazz Zone Christmas
1:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

Hosted by Billy and Renee Foster, this is a two hour program of music by top jazz musicians, Wynton Marsalis, Vincent Herring, Nnenna Freelon, Carmen Lundy, Charlie Parker, Tim Warfield and many more, playing their exciting arrangements of your favorite Christmas classics. This entertaining program includes quips, quotes and enlightening holiday wishes from your hosts. This is the third in a series by the Billy Foster Jazz Zone. 

Jazz Sounds of Christmas

Jazz Sounds of Christmas
3:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

The perfect holiday stocking stuffer. Hosted by Billy and Renee Foster, this is a two hour program of music by top jazz musicians, Wynton Marsalis, Vincent Herring, Nnenna Freelon, Carmen Lundy, Charlie Parker, Tim Warfield and many more, playing their exciting arrangements of your favorite Christmas classics. This entertaining program includes quips, quotes and enlightening holiday wishes from your hosts. This is the third in a series by the Billy Foster Jazz Zone. 

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol
9:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

An updated version of 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. 

An Afro Blue Christmas

An Afro Blue Christmas
10:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The acappela group performs 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. 

Jazz Piano Christmas XXX

Jazz Piano Christmas XXX
11:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The “Master” Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras. 

Festivo Alt.Latino with Coral Cantigas

Festivo Alt.Latino with Coral Cantigas
2:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

NPR Music’s Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino—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. The many rich styles of Latino choral music will unite listeners through the joyful and transformative power of music. Hosted by Felix Contreras. 

Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Favorites

Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Favorites
10:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Listeners tune to NPR for holiday stories of all kinds; funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Hear the latest version of evergreen delights while driving to the mall, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling fire. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Story details coming soon! 

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

A Seasons Griot

A Seasons Griot
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

"A Season’s Griot” is public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Toast of the Nation 2014

Toast of the Nation 2014
9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Toast of the Nation 2014-2015 will make New Year’s Eve stops all around the country.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2014

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2014
9:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-end review.  It’s all in their hour-long special of “Politics Takes a Holiday!”

CAPITOL STEPS:  POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY!  NEW YEAR’S EDITION

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2015

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2015
11:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN

The 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. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston. 

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2014

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2014
7:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-end review.  It’s all in their hour-long special of “Politics Takes a Holiday!”

CAPITOL STEPS:  POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY!  NEW YEAR’S EDITION

Get Social with ideastream more