HPPR Christmas Programming

Following 34 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.

  A Live Radio Play of Frank Capra's classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life". This performance is a collaborative effort of Garden City Recreation Commission and High Plains Public Radio. The play features a cast of 15 actors plus live sound effects, just like the great radio plays of the 1930's and 40's. This program will repeat Christmas night at 7:00 pm central time.

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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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  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.

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  Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela 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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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Eric Whitacre is America's most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In three, one-hour programs, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

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:

Tinsel Tales #3 includes extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. Baxter Black ponders the meaning of Christmas for Cows, Bailey White sneaks into her neighbor’s yard in search of an elusive hemlock tree; Julie Zickefoose serenades her neighbors on the coldest night of the year.   

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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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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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

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.

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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.

Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1755) is probably the best known composer from colonial Mexico and a shining star of the baroque era. In celebration of the holiday season, A Baroque Christmas in the New World brings you music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya, most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand!

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! With music director Seamus Egan returning, his ground-breaking group Solas will be back on stage as well. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley from Kilkenny on accordion and guitar, and Eamon McElholm, from Co. Tyrone will be supplemented by a new percussionist Steve Holloway, and the returning stalwart, Chico Huff on Bass.

A different kind of seasonal music from Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights," Enya's "And Winter Came", and R. Carlos Nakai's "Winter Dreams." It's music that's cool and chilled for winding down after that long Christmas Day.

Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-end review. It's all in our hour-long radio special of "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as:

"Is that guy jumping the White House fence, or is he just really into Michelle's 'Get Moving' campaign?"

"You say ISIS, I say ISIL. Let's call the whole thing off."

And of course, "I scream, you scream, we all scream EBOLA!"

The New Year’s tradition continues with jazz you can party to all night long. Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 will travel to the Newport Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  Enjoy festive jazz sets with countdowns in 3 time zones.  It’s sure to be a non-stop celebration of musical fireworks that will keep you dancing and swinging all night long.   

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All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new cds to find sneak previews of music that's worth getting excited about, whether it's the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by All Songs Considered with their top picks. It's the perfect show for listeners who want to stay current, but don't have the time. 

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2015. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2015 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo of WCRB Classical New England, a service of WGBH.

HPPR Program Host Adam Vos presents the best of the 2014 season of Amarillo Symphony Presents.