Special Holiday Programming on KETR

Listen to KETR for Christmas and New Years as we offer a whole slate of special holiday programming.

Full Holiday Music Overnights beginning Sunday, December 23rd

Holiday Music Overnights beginning Saturday, December 22 at Midnight

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Christmas Eve

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6am-9am

Holiday Music, NPR News each hour, Marketplace Morning Report, A Moment in Time at 7:35, Writer's Almanac at 8:15

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9am-11am:? A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

One live, two-hour stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England presenting the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service (Biblical readings and music) as performed by the 30-voice King's College Choir.

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11am-1pm:? St. Olaf Christmas Festival

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest and most cherished celebrations of the holidays in the United States. Begun in 1912, the Festival is a worship service of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections that celebrate the birth of Christ. Featuring more than 550 student musicians, it takes place on the St. Olaf campus in Northfield, Minnesota.

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1pm-3pm:? Bach's Christmas Oratorio from Carnegie Hall

NPR and WNYC offer an encore presentation of a Carnegie Hall concert performance of selections from one of the most joyful and sumptuous works from Johann Sebastian Bach. The Collegiate Chorale performs three of six sacred cantatas, each depicting a different scene from Christ's birth, known collectively as the Weihnachts-Oratorium, or Christmas Oratorio, along with some traditional holiday favorites. Robert Bass leads the acclaimed Chorale and soloists, including Soprano Lisa Saffer, Mezzo-soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Tenor Paul Austin Kelly, and Baritone James Maddalena. Host: John Schaefer.

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2pm-5pm:? Handel's Messiah from Philadelphia

WHYY and NPR present an encore presentation of Handel's holiday masterpiece performed by the "Fabulous Philadelphians" -- one of the world's great orchestras, joined by the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Acclaimed British choral master Richard Hickox conducts. Hosted by Fred Child and Melinda Whiting.

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5pm-6pm:? Concordia College Christmas Concert

For 80 years the small Lutheran Evangelical school out-on-the-Prairie, Concordia College, has had anything but a small vision when it comes to celebrating music. With a choir and orchestra of over 400, the Concordia College Christmas concert attracts capacity crowds from all faiths to celebrate the season and the promise it holds. For this Christmas, listen to nationally-renowned conductor Ren? Clausen as he leads the pure, youthful voices in a concert called "On our Way Rejoicing," a potpourri of familiar and traditional works intertwined with music that brings new sounds and meaning to the season. Come celebrate an hour of pure joy and peace with Concordia College Christmas.

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6pm-7pm:? Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

This year a new radio tradition -- 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.

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7pm-8pm:? Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Lisa Simeone. 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. From NPR and KCRW.

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8pm-9pm:? Welcome Christmas!

Welcome Christmas! is the annual Christmas concert from VocalEssence, recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral groups. John Birge is producer and host of this one-hour special.

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9pm-10pm:? Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Holiday 2007

Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Holiday concert celebrates the spirit of the season from a multi-cultural perspective. Ostroushko is a master fiddler, mandolin, and guitar player, and his musical journey features traditional and ancient carols.

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10pm-11pm: ?Christmas Around the Country 2007

The best of holiday music-making from coast-to-coast. NPR takes you from churches to concert halls to auditoriums to town halls all across the nation in search of performances that express the best of the holiday season. Lisa Simeone hosts.

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11pm-12am:? A Choral Christmas Card

Featuring the best choral ensembles from around the country, A Choral Christmas Card highlights America's singing celebration of the holiday.

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Christmas Day

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12am-1am:? Echoes of Christmas

Over the years, the Dale Warland Singers have provided magical performances for this season to listeners across the country. Drawing upon the archive of those live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse bring old and new treasures to listeners looking for Christmas inspiration.

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1am-3am:? Bach's Christmas Oratorio from Carnegie Hall

NPR and WNYC offer an encore presentation of a Carnegie Hall concert performance of selections from one of the most joyful and sumptuous works from Johann Sebastian Bach. The Collegiate Chorale performs three of six sacred cantatas, each depicting a different scene from Christ's birth, known collectively as the Weihnachts-Oratorium, or Christmas Oratorio, along with some traditional holiday favorites. Robert Bass leads the acclaimed Chorale and soloists, including Soprano Lisa Saffer, Mezzo-soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Tenor Paul Austin Kelly, and Baritone James Maddalena. Host: John Schaefer.

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3am-5am:? Handel's Messiah from Philadelphia

WHYY and NPR present an encore presentation of Handel's holiday masterpiece performed by the "Fabulous Philadelphians" -- one of the world's great orchestras, joined by the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Acclaimed British choral master Richard Hickox conducts. Hosted by Fred Child and Melinda Whiting.

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5am-7am:? Jazz Piano Christmas

NPR is onstage again at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for another LIVE incarnation of one of our most popular programs, mixing established jazz stars with promising newcomers to offer original and unique jazz interpretations of holiday favorites. Performers include Billy Taylor, Joey DeFrancesco, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, and vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Felix Contreas hosts.

This year's Jazz Piano Christmas will be immediately followed by an encore offering of last year's concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts features performances from New Orleans keyboard legend Allen Toussaint, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Jovino Santos Neto, Nancy King, and 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition award winner Tigran Hamasyan.

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7am-8am:? Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

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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8am-9am:? Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

Clarence Fountain and his legendary gospel group have won four Grammy Awards in the last four years. In this encore presentation from the "Discoveries at Disney Hall" series of specials, we join them on stage as they present their own take on the Christmas classics "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," along with some gospel favorites including "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord." Hosted by Ren?e Montagne.

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9am-10am:? Concordia College Christmas Concert

For 80 years the small Lutheran Evangelical school out-on-the-Prairie, Concordia College, has had anything but a small vision when it comes to celebrating music. With a choir and orchestra of over 400, the Concordia College Christmas concert attracts capacity crowds from all faiths to celebrate the season and the promise it holds. For this Christmas, listen to nationally-renowned conductor Ren? Clausen as he leads the pure, youthful voices in a concert called "On our Way Rejoicing," a potpourri of familiar and traditional works intertwined with music that brings new sounds and meaning to the season. Come celebrate an hour of pure joy and peace with Concordia College Christmas.

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10am-11am:? Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

This year a new radio tradition -- 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.

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11am-12pm:? Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Lisa Simeone. 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. From NPR and KCRW.

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12pm-1pm:? Welcome Christmas!

Welcome Christmas! is the annual Christmas concert from VocalEssence, recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral groups. John Birge is producer and host of this one-hour special.

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1pm-2pm:? Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Holiday 2007

Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Holiday concert celebrates the spirit of the season from a multi-cultural perspective. Ostroushko is a master fiddler, mandolin, and guitar player, and his musical journey features traditional and ancient carols.

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2pm-3pm:? Christmas Around the Country 2007

The best of holiday music-making from coast-to-coast. NPR takes you from churches to concert halls to auditoriums to town halls all across the nation in search of performances that express the best of the holiday season. Lisa Simeone hosts.

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3pm-4pm:? A Choral Christmas Card

Featuring the best choral ensembles from around the country, A Choral Christmas Card highlights America's singing celebration of the holiday.

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4pm-5pm:? The Rose Ensemble 2007: Christmas in Elizabethan England

Renaissance England was both a glorious and challenging place for composers. Music flourished as an essential part of royal functions and courtiers cultivated musical skills. Christmastime in the age of Elizabeth was a time to celebrate all aspects of the life of Christ, and seasonal music from this time describes Christ's passion, death and ascension as well as his birth. We'll take this journey with Rose Ensemble, a Twin Cities-based group recognized for its ability to reawaken the ancient through imaginative performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity.

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5pm-6pm:? Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with an elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and moving spirituals.

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6pm-8pm:? Jazz Piano Christmas

NPR is onstage again at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for another LIVE incarnation of one of our most popular programs, mixing established jazz stars with promising newcomers to offer original and unique jazz interpretations of holiday favorites. Performers include Billy Taylor, Joey DeFrancesco, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, and vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Felix Contreas hosts.

This year's Jazz Piano Christmas will be immediately followed by an encore offering of last year's concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts features performances from New Orleans keyboard legend Allen Toussaint, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Jovino Santos Neto, Nancy King, and 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition award winner Tigran Hamasyan.

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8pm-9pm:? Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

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

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9pm-10pm:? Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

Clarence Fountain and his legendary gospel group have won four Grammy Awards in the last four years. In this encore presentation from the "Discoveries at Disney Hall" series of specials, we join them on stage as they present their own take on the Christmas classics "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," along with some gospel favorites including "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord." Hosted by Ren?e Montagne.

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10pm-12am:? A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
From the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Paul Winter, one of the original world musicians, is back again with a unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. Hosted by John Schaefer.

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New Year's Eve

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Regular Programming until 2pm, then a special encore presentation of Marketplace Money followed by Car Talk, an hour earlier than usual.

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4pm-7pm:? Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special

Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion offer a special rebroadcast of their 2006 New Year's Eve special recorded primarily at Nashville's Historic Ryman Auditorium. Garrison Keillor hosts, and welcomes among others; Suzy Bogguss, Sam Bush, Cowboy Jack Clement, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Emmons, Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jon Randall, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Robin & Linda Williams. Also, APHC's own Tim Russell and sound-effects wizard Fred Newman will be on hand, along with Richard Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

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7pm-Midnight:? LIVE Toast of the Nation

For more than 25 years, NPR listeners have counted down, sung along, and danced the night away to these jazzy parties with live music from coast to coast. New Year's Eve '08 promises more and better!? This year we'll dance and sing to salsa, samba and swing.

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Midnight-3am:? Repeat of Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special

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New Year's Day

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10am-Noon:? New Year's Day from Vienna

NPR and WGBH, Boston take you direct to the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna for the most popular classical music concert in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day concert. The conductor this year is Georges Pr?tre. WGBH's Cathy Fuller hosts.

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Noon-3:45pm:? Selected rebroadcast of NPR's Toast of the Nation

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3:45pm-6pm:? A&M-Commerce Lions men's basketball

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6pm-10pm:? Selected rebroadcast of NPR's Toast of the Nation