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UPR Holiday Program Schedule 2018-2019


Holiday programming is generously supported by the Intermountain Budge Clinic in Logan.


THANKSGIVING

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GIVING THANKS: A CELEBRATION OF FALL, FOOD AND GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving Day  9:00 a.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

Giving Thanks is a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving falls on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Host John Birge is using the occasion to invite one of the world’s most treasured composers to the table. John Rutter is a choral music icon, and a new piece for VocalEssence gives thanks for the joy of music. Audiences will hear the world premiere of Rutter’s “When Music Sounds,” and how gratitude inspires him. Conductor Nic McGegan will share an 18th-century recipe for St. Cecilia punch will liven up any Thanksgiving celebration, and we’ll revisit the poetry of former “Giving Thanks” guest and American Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who passed away this year. “Giving Thanks” also continues a tradition: a spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton, giving thanks for art that connects us all to the creative spirit.

THE SPLENDID TABLE’S TURKEY CONFIDENTIAL

Thanksgiving Day  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Turkey Confidential is a live, two-hour, call-in program. Thanksgiving is full of high expectations, a huge menu and a house full of guests – which can make for a stressful day or two in the kitchen. That's why holiday cooks, hosts and eaters tune into The Splendid Table's “Turkey Confidential” live on Thanksgiving morning, complete with turkey triage from host Francis Lam. This year’s special guests include former host Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Pati Jinich, Dorie Greenspan, and Samin Norsat. Phone lines - (800) 242-2828 - will be open nationwide from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

EVERY GOOD THING

Thanksgiving Day  9:00 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, host Elena See and classical music fans from around the country take time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Audiences will hear listeners from across the U.S. share stories about their favorite classical music pieces.

BRAINS ON! THE SCIENCE OF COOKING

Friday, November 24  9:00 a.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

Brains On!, the science show for kids and curious adults, heads to the kitchen to examine the science of cooking. In partnership with America's Test Kitchen Kids, hosts Molly Bloom and Nantene Ba break down four elements essential to cooking: Mix, Chop, Heat and Chill. Special guests include The Splendid Table host Francis Lam, and various America's Test Kitchen hosts and contributors: Molly Birnbaum, Dan Souza, Tucker Shaw, Katie Leaird, Kristin Sargianis and Elle Simone.

 

CHANUKAH / HANUKKAH

CANDLES BURNING BRIGHTLY

Monday, December 3  9:00 p.m.

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.

CHANUKAH IN STORY AND SONG  

Thursday, December 6  9:00 p.m.

Narrated by the late 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.

HANUKKAH LIGHTS 2018

Friday, December 7  10:00 a.m.

AND

Saturday, December 8  3:00 p.m.

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

 

CHRISTMAS / WINTER SEASON

CHRISTMAS WITH THE MOREHOUSE & SPELMAN GLEE CLUBS

Tuesday, November 27  9:00 p.m.

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.

A CHORAL CHRISTMAS WITH STILE ANTICO

Wednesday, November 28  9:00 p.m.

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. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.

JOY TO THE WORLD - A HOLIDAY IN PINK

Thursday, November 29  9:00 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro.

ALL IS BRIGHT CONTEMPLATIVE MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 4  9:00 p.m.

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

CAROLS AND CHEER

Wednesday, December 5  9:00 p.m.

Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN 2018

Friday, December 7  9:00 p.m.

Brian O'Donovan's "A Celtic Sojourn" has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years. For the last fourteen, the Christmas-themed live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. For the past few years, one of the shows at the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston has been broadcast nationally. This year will see a new edition featuring highlights from the 2017 program. Music director Seamus Egan returns as did Harpist/Singer Maeve Gilchrist. Mairi Campbell from Scotland (who gained fame for her traditional version of Auld Lang Syne in the movie of Sex in the City) is the lead vocalist. The show also features virtuosic cellist Natalie Haas, and three fine and stylistically contrasting fiddlers, Liz Knowles, Jenny Moynihan and Haley Richardson. And a new four-piece harmony group in Windborne is added. Uilleann Piper Joey Abarta also joins the ensemble and his virtuosity is featured in his solo work on this most Irish of instruments.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS: CHRISTMAS WITH THE NEW JERSEY MASTER CHORALE

Monday, December 10  9:00 p.m.

The New Jersey MasterChorale, accompanied by musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Friends, with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and mezzo-soprano Deidra Palmour presents music of the season, including John Rutter’s festive Gloria, the Te Deum by William Gorton and other much-loved carols including ‘I wonder as I wander’ and the ‘Coventry Carol’.

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAY

Tuesday, December 11  9:00 p.m.

Join Lynne Warfel for a festive one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

WELCOME CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 12  9:00 p.m.

"Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral groups. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

ACCESS UTAH HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2018

Thursday, December 13  9:00 a.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

The Lightwood Duo (guitarist Mike Christiansen & clarinetist Eric Nelson) and playwright and UofU Theater Professor (and “Christmas Chronicles” author), Tim Slover join us for great music and funny and heartwarming stories for the holidays.

JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS 34

Thursday, December 13  9:00 p.m.

(also Christmas Day  1:00 p.m.)

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. This year, Jason Moran will be joined by artists including Booker T. Jones and James Francies. Felix Contreras hosts.

PAUL WINTER'S 31ST ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Friday, December 14  8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate the return of the sun with an encore 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.

FESTIVO ALT.LATINO: CANTIGAS IN CONCERT

Saturday, December 15  7:00 p.m.

Hear the healing and uplifting power of the human voice with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Cantigas. The group's 25 members assembled in NPR's Studio 1 in front of a live audience to present an eclectic mix of songs and rhythms from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Puerto Rico–the home country of its artistic director, Diana Sáez. From folk to sacred to contemporary sounds, Cantigas presents a broad view of Latin music for audiences around the country through sophisticated vocal interpretations and by also reaching back into history to embrace choral traditions brought to and developed in the "New World." Hosted by Felix Contreras.

SELECTED SHORTS HOLIDAY GIFT SET: FUNNY FAVORITES FROM ANDY BOROWITZ Sunday, December 16  1:00 p.m.

Guest host Andy Borowitz shares some of his favorite comic writing. First, the late newspaper columnist, humorist, and political commentator Molly Ivins skewers Texas politics in “Tough as Bob War and Other Stuff.” Next, Sloane Crosley confesses a shameful secret in “The Pony Problem,” and poses a dilemma we can all relate to: how would our drawers and closets appear to an outsider, and what do you do with sentimental leftovers? Borowitz says you can’t have funny without Algonquin Round Table with Dorothy Parker. In “The Waltz” we are treated to a hilarious inner monologue as the speaker is dragged around the dance floor by an inept partner. Finally, Ian Frazier lays down the law in “Lamentations of the Father.” Imagine your Dad crossed with an Old Testament patriarch.

TINSEL TALES 4: SO MUCH MORE NPR CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

Monday, December 17  9:00 a.m.

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES

Episodes 1&2 - Monday, December 17  7:00 p.m.

Episodes 3&4 - Tuesday, December 18  7:00 p.m.

Episodes 5&6 - Wednesday, December 19  7:00 p.m.

Episodes 7&8 - Thursday, December 20  7:00 p.m.

(also the series will run in its entirety on Christmas Day  5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

A snowy December evening in the Rockies. A car stuck off the side of the road. A sleigh flashing past chased by something terrible and bleak. These are the curious events that lead to an astounding discovery—the true and complete story of the man the world has come to know as Santa Claus. “The Christmas Chronicles” is a radio drama (8 half-hour episodes) about Klaus, the carpenter; Anna, the racer; a greathearted reindeer, Dasher; and the malevolent Rolf Eckhof.  The series originated in accounts of the astonishing life and activities of Santa, recalled and told by the author, Tim Slover, to his children over the years. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay. Slover is the author of “Joyful Noise” and “Hancock County.” He teaches dramatic literature and script analysis at the University of Utah and directs the playwriting and London study abroad programs for the university’s Department of Theatre.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE TABERNACLE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA AT TEMPLE SQUARE

Monday, December 17  9:00 p.m.

The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Audiences will enjoy a warm, nostalgic holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests. A 600-person cast will share a stunningly beautiful mix of carols in various unique arrangements. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

TINSEL TALES 3: EVEN MORE NPR CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

Tuesday  December 18  9:00 a.m.

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.  Featured Stories:

§  December's Soundtrack (Amy Dickinson)

§  Christmas With UPS (Loree Gold)

§  Merry Stressmas: It's That Time Of The Year (Kevin Kling)

§  Appreciating The Ugliness Of The Christmas Tree (Ken Harbaugh)

§  Stealing Hemlock (Bailey White)

§  Christmas Lights Tour (Bill Harley)

§  Christmas With The Totenbergs (Nina Totenberg)

§  The Gift Of The Magi (O. Henry, read by NPR's Audie Cornish)

§  Christmas For Cows (Baxter Black)

§  Christmas Pudding (Marialisa Calta)

§  Caroling In The Cold (Julie Zickefoose)

§  Christmas Magic (Joseph C. Phillips)

§  Grinch's True End (John Moe)

AN AFRO BLUE CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 18  9:00 p.m.

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premier 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.

TINSEL TALES 2: MORE NPR CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

Wednesday, December 19  9:00 a.m.

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Featured Stories:

§  Santa Claus, Private Eye (Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco)

§  Pass The Foie Gras: Christmas Menu Hard To Digest (Firoozeh Dumas)

§  A 'Silent Night' That Brought Healing (Steve Banko)

§  The Christmas Club (Bill Harley)

§  All I Wanted For Christmas (NPR staffers)

§  Christmas Gift Records (The Ban-Smo Label)

§  The Night Before Christmas, Latin Style (Read by NPR's Claudio Sanchez)

§  The Designated Celebrator (Melinda Shoaf)

§  Christmas Truce (Historian Douglas Brinkley)

§  Wolf Christmas (Daniel Pinkwater)

LIVING ON EARTH: THE EARTH IS OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND ALWAYS 2018

Wednesday, December 19  10:00 a.m.

Living on Earth celebrates the holiday season with music and stories. "The Earth Is Our Home For the Holidays and Always" features songs and stories from three performers about living on Earth, sharing the planet and universal themes of the season. Three performers join host Steve Curwood for conversation and a performance. The roster includes storyteller Jay O'Callahan, singer Denny Breau, and green hip-hop artist Tem Blessed. They sing, rap, and talk the need for love, good food, kindness toward all creatures and the value of imagination.

A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 19  9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

TINSEL TALES: NPR CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

Thursday, December 20  9:00 a.m.

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)

WINTERSONGS 2018

Thursday, December 20  7:00 p.m.

(also  Christmas Day  1:00 p.m.)

An annual Cache Valley tradition. The combined forces of the USU Music Department, under the direction of USU Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Cory Evans, perform music for the season in acoustically-rich St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park. Hosted by UPR’s Tom Williams and Dr. Cory Evans.

A UPR CHRISTMAS 2018

Friday, December 21  7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

(also  Christmas Day  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

UPR staff members present an eclectic mix of holiday music and memories.

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2018

Saturday, December 22  8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

"The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2018" is an all-new, two-hour compilation of musical excerpts, plus a few short poetry and prose readings, selected from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions that took place in December 2017, in eight cities across the United States. Christmas Revels performances have been described as entertaining collections of "traditional and ritual dances, processionals, carols and drama." They are made up of sacred and secular folk materials, plus some composed popular and "art" music, from traditional European and American celebrations of Christmas, The Feast of St. Nicholas, Hanukkah, St. Lucia's Day, the Feast of Fools, New Year's, Twelfth Night, and other end-of-the-year festivals, along with various cultures' hereditary observances of the Winter Solstice, some of which date back to pre-Christian times. Examples of the kinds of music to be heard in this year's Revels holiday broadcast include seasonal carols, songs, chants, villancicos, hymns and wassails; ritual sword and stick dances, reels, polkas, waltzes, and country, courtly, social, circle, clog and step dances; as well as rounds for peace, rousing pub songs and children's singing-games (some of them with deep symbolic connections to the themes of the season). These various types of music come from such diverse regions and eras as the Celtic lands of Wales and Galicia (in northwestern Spain); early nineteenth-century French Canada; Renaissance Italy; Spanish-speaking Old California; Medieval England, and the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Hosted by Catherine Lu.

SELECTED SHORTS HOLIDAY GIFT SET: TOUGH LOVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Sunday, December 23  1:00 p.m.

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard introduces our unusual holiday program, which mixes tradition with humor. For heartwarming, we’ve got a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, “The Fir Tree.” This little tree is ambitious, but may be missing out on something. Our second work offers the biggest celebrity interview ever. The lucky reporter in “Interview with God,” has a sit-down with the Almighty about life, love, war, and celebrity. And if it sounds a little like the People Magazine version, that may be the point of this gently comic piece. Christmas can be a little over the top, and Kurt Vonnegut pushes things right to the edge. In “A Present for Big Saint Nick,” Santa Claus is the local crime boss, lording it over his nervous employees. The author of books such as Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five has fun imagining what you’d give a Santa who has an offer you can’t refuse.

JAZZ TIME WITH STEVE WILLIAMS - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Sunday, December 23  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Jazz Time with Steve Williams features live performances, interviews, commentary, history, a local jazz calendar of events, and of course music – curated by legendary radio host Steve Williams. From ragtime to bop, from Havana to Paris to Salt Lake City, from Billie Holiday to Joe Lovano, Steve is your guide through the many varieties of jazz music – past and present.  Steve Williams has a lifelong love of jazz. His father was a horn player in New York, performing with American jazz legends Charlie Parker, Gene Krupa and Joe Venuti, among others. Williams is a champion of the jazz scene in Utah and a legend in his own right – having interviewed the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Lionel Hampton, and emceeing jazz festivals around the United States.

ST. OLAF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Sunday, December 23  10:00 p.m. to midnight

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. Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Monday  December 24  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England. Michael Barone hosts this live, worldwide 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.

This year’s broadcast will be the last service for Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel Music Director, who has conducted the chapel choir since 1982. Cleobury will retire from his King’s College post at the end of the 2019 school term.

JONATHAN WINTERS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Monday, December 24  6:00 p.m.

(also  Christmas Day  9:00 a.m.)

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.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH FROM UPR

Monday, December 24  7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

An annual UPR tradition: On Christmas Eve we present a wonderful performance of Handel’s great oratorio led by Trevor Pinnock with The English Concert and Choir and soloists Arleen Auger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Howard Crook and John Tomlinson. This special program features insightful and poignant commentary from Craig Jessop, former Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and current Dean of the USU Caine College of the Arts and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Hosted by UPR’s Tom Williams.

JONATHAN WINTERS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Christmas Day  9:00 a.m.

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.

A UPR CHRISTMAS 2018

Christmas Day  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

UPR staff members present an eclectic mix of holiday music and memories.

JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS 34

Christmas Day  1:00 p.m.

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. This year, Jason Moran will be joined by artists including Booker T. Jones and James Francies. Felix Contreras hosts.

WINTERSONGS 2018

Christmas Day  2:00 p.m.

An annual Cache Valley tradition. The combined forces of the USU Music Department, under the direction of USU Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Cory Evans, perform music for the season in acoustically-rich St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park. Hosted by UPR’s Tom Williams and Dr. Cory Evans.

CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES Marathon

Christmas Day  5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A snowy December evening in the Rockies. A car stuck off the side of the road. A sleigh flashing past chased by something terrible and bleak. These are the curious events that lead to an astounding discovery—the true and complete story of the man the world has come to know as Santa Claus. “The Christmas Chronicles” is a radio drama (8 half-hour episodes) about Klaus, the carpenter; Anna, the racer; a greathearted reindeer, Dasher; and the malevolent Rolf Eckhof.  The series originated in accounts of the astonishing life and activities of Santa, recalled and told by the author, Tim Slover, to his children over the years. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay. Slover is the author of “Joyful Noise” and “Hancock County.” He teaches dramatic literature and script analysis at the University of Utah and directs the playwriting and London study abroad programs for the university’s Department of Theatre.

SELECTED SHORTS HOLIDAY GIFT SET: SHAKEN AND STIRRED

Sunday, December 30  1:00 p.m.

Guest host Jane Curtin introduces some alcohol-infused stories from an evening hosted by Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist. In the first story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Doughnuts,” Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwartz parody Raymond Carver’s famous tale “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Our second story, “The Office Party,” is a vintage New Yorker piece by Corey Ford. Ford was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, and this tale of corporate glee melting into social debacle is a winner. The final story is by the American prose master John Cheever, whose tales of suburbia get beneath conventional surfaces to the humanity below. In “The Sorrow of Gin,” a young girl is concerned about the alcoholic rituals of her parents.

 

KWANZAA

A SEASON’S GRIOT 2018

Saturday, December 29  7:00 p.m.

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 23 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

NEW YEAR’S

JAZZ TIME WITH STEVE WILLIAMS - NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL

Sunday, December 30  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Jazz Time with Steve Williams features live performances, interviews, commentary, history, a local jazz calendar of events, and of course music – curated by legendary radio host Steve Williams. From ragtime to bop, from Havana to Paris to Salt Lake City, from Billie Holiday to Joe Lovano, Steve is your guide through the many varieties of jazz music – past and present.  Steve Williams has a lifelong love of jazz. His father was a horn player in New York, performing with American jazz legends Charlie Parker, Gene Krupa and Joe Venuti, among others. Williams is a champion of the jazz scene in Utah and a legend in his own right – having interviewed the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Lionel Hampton, and emceeing jazz festivals around the United States.

TOAST OF THE NATION 2018/2019

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m.  to Tuesday, January 1, 2018, 3:00 a.m.

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation features festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. Hear sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

NEW YEAR’S DAY FROM VIENNA 2019

New Year’s Day  8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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.