HPPR Christmas Programming

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions.  Each of the programs is profiled below and are listed in order of nearest to broadcast time.  In many cases these profiles include links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.  To download a printable calendar of all the programs, click here.

We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.  And we hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

Holiday Programming
7:53 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Special Programming this Fourth of July

This Independence Day, tune in to HPPR for a diversion from the standard weekday public radio fare. Enjoy comedy, farce, and good music with Capitol Steps' Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July edition and Front Porch Fourth of July with HPPR's own Cindee Talley and Stephen Johnson.

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HPPR Holiday Special
5:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday

HELP roast 2013 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-in-review awards ceremony. It's all in our hour-long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as:

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Holiday Programming
2:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Paul Winter Solstice 2013: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10 am CT

Paul Winter
Credit Rhonda Dorsett

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

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Holiday Programming
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Toast of the Nation: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9 pm CT

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, 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.  Headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

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Holiday Programming
2:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Year's Day Live from Vienna: Wednesday, Jan 1 at 10 am CT

Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra

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.  Click here for full details of the concert and its long tradition or download a copy of this year’s concert program.

HPPR Holiday Special
6:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - Sunday, Dec 22 at 9 am CT

The Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Credit http://www.nationalcathedral.org

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast.  

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:12 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 am CT

Stile Antico of London

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.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Christmas with the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs - Sunday, Dec 22 at 11 am CT

Spelman College Glee Club

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.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Jazz Piano Christmas XXIX - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 pm CT

Andy Bey

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Top jazz pianists--including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs. This Washington tradition continues to bring new twists to holiday classics with world-class musicians.

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Holiday Programming
6:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2013: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 am CT

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.

Holiday Programming
6:40 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Welcome Christmas!: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 am CT

VocalEssence

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media.

Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

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Holiday Programming
6:30 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Christmas on Sinfonia: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 1 pm CT

HPPR presents 3 hours of all Christmas music hosted by Mindy Ratner. Festive holiday music celebrating family on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Programming
6:20 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Advent Voices: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7 pm CT

Advent Wreath (File Photo)
Credit http://minnesota.publicradio.org

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.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Holiday Programming
5:10 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

A Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 8 pm CT

Erica Washburn

A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration celebrates the Britten centennial with a holiday program created in the renowned WGBH Fraser Performance Studio featuring the NEC Chamber Chorus, the New England Conservatory’s elite choral ensemble led by Erica Washburn, along with the NEC Brass Ensemble and the Back Bay Ringers. In addition to the Hymn to the Virgin, the centerpiece of the program will be Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which will also feature other Britten holiday works and standard carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

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Holiday Programming
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 pm CT

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.

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Holiday Programming
5:40 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites: Monday, Dec 24 at 10 pm CT

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. The program is hosted by Lynn Neary and features these stories:

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Holiday Programming
5:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 pm CT

Jonathan Winters

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.

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Holiday Programming
5:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 9 am CT

St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. 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.

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Holiday Programming
5:10 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Chanticleer Christmas 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 11 am CT

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Holiday Programming
5:00 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Cantigas de Santa Maria (Canticles of Holy Mary): Wednesday, Dec 25 at 1 pm CT

Digital illustration from the book of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Original illustration art print by Emilio Villalba.

Explore a glimpse of this vast (420 compositions) repertoire of poetry, songs, stories, and recitations about the “Blessed Virgin Mary” in this holiday special.  The immense collection of Marian songs and poetry came from the Court of King Alfonso X (1252-1284) of Castile-Leon (now Spain).  We will visit the songs and stories as interpreted by musicologist and contemporary musicians playing on period and modern instruments.  Join the growing number of enthusiasts who appreciate the complex themes and musical surprises of the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Hosted by HPPR’s Debra Bolton.

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Holiday Programming
4:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Glad Tidings of Great Joy: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 3 pm CT

A one-hour holiday special, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, featuring medieval and baroque music.

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Holiday Programming
4:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 7 pm CT

The Tallis Scholars

As part of the world-renowned choir’s 25th Anniversary Tour of the US, the Tallis Scholars, with director Peter Phillips, perform a stunning holiday concert exploring themes of love, redemption, and of course, the Nativity in concert at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, Mass.  Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller. 

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Holiday Programming
4:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 8 pm CT

Every year, Celtic Sojourn host Brian O'Donovan assembles some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world, and beyond! Fionnuala O'Donovan sings the Christmas classic In the Bleak Midwinter, though not to the usual air. Seamus Egan, the music director of this series of concerts arranged it with input from the great ensemble of Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, Chris Stout, Caitriona McKay, Eamonn Murray, Sean Og Graham, Chico Huff, Amanda Cavanaugh, and of course Seamus himself.

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