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It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas: KPR's 2017 Holiday Programming

KPR will air "Holiday Vespers," the annual KU concert, on December 21 and 22.

The holidays are here! KPR celebrates with a number of festive programs now through the New Year. See our list of specials and plan your life accordingly.​

Saturday, 12/16/2017

Right Between the Ears Best of Christmas Past – 1-2 p.m. (KPR2)
An hour of favorite Yuletide bits and satirical songs, drawn from past live performances of Right Between the Ears

Monday, 12/18/2017

A Chanticleer Christmas – 7-8 p.m.
This unique one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

Tuesday, 12/19/2017

Carols and Cheer – 7-8 p.m.
Host Scott Blankenship joins forces with Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers, to review their favorite carols this holiday season. From holiday classics to contemporary hits, you’ll love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

Wednesday, 12/20/2017

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – 7-8 p.m.
​The world-renowned Mormon 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. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite. ​      
        

Right Between the Ears Best of Christmas Past #1 – 7-8 p.m. (KPR2)​
An hour of memorable moments from past holiday shows.

Thursday, 12/21/2017

Holiday Vespers – 7-8 p.m.
The annual Yuletide concert from the University of Kansas, with the KU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs. 

Friday, 12/22/2017

Holiday Vespers – 2-3 p.m.
The annual Yuletide concert from the University of Kansas, with the KU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs.

Saturday, 12/23/2017 ​​

Right Between the Ears Best of Christmas Past #2 1-2 p.m. (KPR2)
Another hour featuring some of our favorite songs and comedy sketches from past broadcasts of Right Between the Ears.

The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Show – 7-9 p.m.
Music that’s “shaken, not stirred." Join host Darrell Brogdon for a round of holiday treats, straight from the underground martini bunker.

Sunday, 12/24/2017

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 9-10:30 a.m.
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.

The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Extra – 7-9 p.m.
Music that’s “shaken, not stirred” for Christmas Eve. Join host Darrell Brogdon for another round of holiday treats, straight from the underground martini bunker.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 9-11 p.m.
A rebroadcast of the Christmas Eve service 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.

Monday, 12/25/2017

Holiday Vespers – 9-10 a.m.
An encore broadcast of the annual Yuletide concert by the KU Symphony and choirs.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Hollywood Holiday – 12-1 p.m.
Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

A Chanticleer Christmas – 1-2 p.m.
This unique one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. 

Carols and Cheer – 2-3 p.m.
Host Scott Blankenship joins forces with Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers, to review their favorite carols this holiday season.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 7-9 p.m.
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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. 

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96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
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99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

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