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KPR Holiday Specials


Brighten your holidays by listening to these seasonal specials on Kansas Public Radio.

Right Between the Ears Holiday Special
Sunday, Dec. 7, 7-8 p.m.
An all-new show, recorded at Liberty Hall on Nov. 22.

Advent Voices
Monday, Dec. 8, 7-8 p.m.
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Candles Burning Brightly
Monday, Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m.
Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

Holiday Vespers
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m.
The 90th annual performance of Holiday Vespers at the University of Kansas, recorded Dec. 7 at the Lied Center.

Big Band Christmas 2014
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2-4 p.m.
The annual Yuletide concert from Liberty Hall featuring the KC Jazz Orchestra, with singers Ron Gutierrez and Kathleen Holeman.

Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Show
Saturday, Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m.
You'll cha cha all the way with an all new Christmas special from the Retro Cocktail Hour. It's two hours of swinging bachelor pad tunes, crooner classics, over-stimulated stereophonic pop and tiki tunes for the season.

Right Between the Ears
Sunday, Dec. 21, 7-8 p.m.
An hour of favorite holiday-flavored songs and sketches from past shows.

Welcome Christmas!
Monday, Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m.
The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas! the VocalEssence holiday concert. It's an hour of joyful holiday music featuring one of the world's premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle.

Light and Gold: The Christmas Music of Eric Whitacre
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7-8 p.m.
Eric Whitacre is America's most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In this one-hour program, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 9-11 a.m.
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live 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.

Holiday Vespers rebroadcast
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2-3 p.m.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols rebroadcast
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 9-8 p.m.

Holiday Vespers rebroadcast
Thursday, Dec. 25, 9-10 a.m.

Music of the Baroque Holiday Special
Thursday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Music of the Baroque offers a Brass and Choral Holiday Concert hosted by Candice Agree. Tune in to the great works of composers like Giovanni Gabrieli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Scheidt and John Tavener, among others.

Messiah from Washington’s National Cathedral
Thursday, Dec. 25, noon-1 p.m.
Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances attract an audience of 6,000 fans with a team of the finest international soloists from the U.S. and abroad.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Thursday, Dec. 25, 1-3 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 and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.  

Music of the Baroque Holiday Special rebroadcast
Thursday, Dec. 25, 6-8 p.m.

Light and Gold: The Christmas Music of Eric Whitacre rebroadcast
Thursday, Dec. 25, 8-9 p.m.

Big Band Christmas rebroadcast
Thursday, Dec. 25, 9-11 p.m.