Once again KMST of Rolla & Lebanon, Missouri is the first station that I found with their Christmas schedule posted. KMST offers an online broadcast so you can enjoy these specials on your computer!
Many public radio stations across the US will follow a similar schedule.
Harvest Home: Thanksgiving with the Dale Warland Singers
The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create an autumn musical feast.
The Pleasures of Winter
The Pleasures of Winter 2008 is a collection of favorite live performances by acclaimed folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Gleaned from years of holiday radio specials, the music ranges from lively and sometimes humorous offerings, to pieces that reflect the more thoughtful side of winter and the holiday season.
The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential
A live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving morning for public radio listeners across the nation. Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and their guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year! Join Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of public radio's national food show, The Splendid Table, for real time turkey triage during the live broadcast of Turkey Confidential 2008.
Giving Thanks with John Birge
A music-and-stories celebration of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday—perfect for broadcast while families gather at the table to share common blessings.
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence, led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.
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.
A Choral Christmas Card
What better way to greet the Christmas season than with voices, raised in song? Here are songs to usher us into the mystical and to transport us to Yuletides past, whether it's hundreds of years past or just last year. A Choral Christmas Card is a coast-to-coast sampler of the country’s best choirs singing carols for the season.
Conspirare: Christmas at the Carillon
America’s reining mixed-voice choir in a surprising classical- and popular-music collage for the season. The Austin, TX choir of 38 voices is America’s best-kept musical secret—but not for long as their powerful performances gain them new audiences worldwide. This special is a fresh take on Christmas, blending sacred and secular songs, as well as centuries-old classics and pop standards.
Christmas with Madrigalia
On a summer night in 1975, a small group of singing friends in Rochester, N.Y., decided to form a madrigal group. The original members of Madrigalia performed their first Christmas concert at the University of Rochester the following year, and in the 33 years that have followed, this annual holiday celebration has become a beloved tradition in Western New York.
Echoes of Christmas
The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archives of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
A 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. The San Francisco based men’s chorus, Chanticleer, is one of the world’s best male choruses, recognized worldwide for their brilliant technique and musicality.
Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers
An annual favorite, "Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers" is an hour-long concert of traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by the renowned choral group and hosted by Ed Cunningham. This year, the chorus presents new twists on recognizable favorites in Stephen Chatman's "Carols of the Nativity," and renews the tradition of the Burt Family Carols with several Alfred Burt selections.
Carols for Dancing
Carols for Dancing explores the intimate connection between song and dance in this rich heritage of holiday music. Built around vigorous performances by Renaissonics — an award-winning improvisatory Renaissance dance band that produced new arrangements for this special — the program tells the story of the mid-winter holiday dance tradition with brief, intriguing narratives by host Ellen Kushner, creator and host of PRI's "Sound & Spirit."
Songs of Joy and Piece – the Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party
Imagine a musical party that celebrates the hopes, dreams and joy that animates seasonal festivals the world over. That is what inspired Yo-Yo Ma to create "Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party" with a remarkable group of friends.
Hanukkah Lights 2008
A perennial NPR favorite, now well into its second decade. Acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg.
The Rose Ensemble: An Early American Christmas
Gorgeous Shaker Tunes, Kentucky Harmonies, and Acadian dances done by one of America’s premiere early-music ensembles. Since it began in 1996, The Rose Ensemble has surprised and delighted audiences with performances of music from centuries past. Their 2008 Christmas program highlights the treasures of Appalachia.
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.
A Car Talk Christmas Carol Redux
A refreshed and updated version of the holiday classic. Starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit. From NPR and WBUR.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
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—now in its 134th year—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.
Jazz Piano Christmas XIX
This year, we’ll hear lots of Latin Jazz onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. This ever-popular program will include original interpretations of holiday favorites performed in concert by established jazz stars and talented newcomers. This year’s exciting lineup includes Brazilian pianist and singer, Eliane Elias; Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer, Arturo O’Farrill; prolific pianist and composer of Latin and world music, Rebeca Mauleón; and New Orlean’s own premier modern jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis. Felix Contreas hosts.
Joy to the World 2008 is a rich, hour-long live performance of holiday jazz hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1993 in Charleston, W. Va., it is performed before a consistently sold-out audience at Charleston's Cultural Center Theater. Joy to the World has traditionally been the kickoff to the holiday season in Charleston.
Echoes of Christmas
Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
A Harpist's Christmas with Yolanda Kondonassis
America’s premiere harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis, celebrates the season with treasures of Christmas harp music. Yolanda has custom-created this program for American Public Media listeners, spotlighting her heavenly instrument alone and with Joshua Smith, flute and Cynthia Phelps, viola—two of America’s top professionals.
Choirs & Carols: An NPR Christmas
Hear musicians from around the world in NPR's performance studio as they share special holiday moments. Join host Lisa Simeone for ancient harmonies from Trio Medieval, traditional carols from the Riga Dom Boys Choir, and a rarely heard Christmas song by Sibelius, straight from Finland's YL Choir. The Pittsburgh Brass unpacks a pair of 500-pound bells to ring in the holiday, and the members of Trio Voronezh tune up a balalaika or two.
According to the Gospel of Luke, when the Angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, she replied with the familiar words of the Magnificat, which begins, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my savior."
"Magnificat," an American broadcast debut, features the Yale Schola Cantorum in a period-style performance of Felix Mendelssohn's setting of the text, directed by Simon Carrington.
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.
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.
Join The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Brandenburg Consort for this magnificent recording of Handel’s classic masterpiece.
Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral
Each Christmas Eve, the Cathedral hosts a quietly spectacular Lesson and Carols, one of its most attended and cherished events of the year. The service combines biblical readings that chronicle the story Jesus' birth with age-old and all-new carols, from folk to ethereal polyphony. Attendees and listeners thrill to the swell of many voices and organ together, as well as to the contemplative hush of "Silent Night" as the service ends.
Thursday, Christmas Day
An uninterrupted day of the best Christmas specials the season has to offer.
A Choral Christmas Card (see earlier description)
Echoes of Christmas (see earlier description)
A Chanticleer Christmas (see earlier description)
Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers (see earlier description)
A Harpist's Christmas with Yolanda Kondonassis (see earlier description)
St. Olaf Christmas Festival (see earlier description)
New Year’s Eve
12/31 7:00 PM to 1/1/09 4:00 AM
Toast of the Nation
Count down to 2009 this New Year’s Eve with live jazz on Toast of the Nation. Party with live music from coast to coast, celebrating midnight in four time zones. From New York to Chicago and Denver to Seattle, we’ll hear exclusive performances by many talented jazz artists. The show starts in Boston with the dynamic pianist Hiromi performing at the Berklee College of Music. Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton.
New Year’s Day from Vienna
The traditional live New Year’s Day Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM.