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Cathedral choir among public radio’s seasonal programming

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 19, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

The coming season of Christmas finds the Spokane Diocese helping underwrite programming for Spokane public radio affiliate KPBX, FM 91.1.

The music of the season is presented in varied programs by a wide variety of artists. Selections include several productions of Handel’s Messiah, as well as music from the choir of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Among the programs on tap this year:

Thursday, Dec. 19, 7-8 p.m. Record Shelf: Excerpts of Handel’s Messiah.

Friday, Dec. 20, 1-4 p.m. Holiday Jazz on a Friday Afternoon. Brian Flick hosts an afternoon of jazz holiday classics.

Friday, Dec. 20, 7-8 p.m. Holiday Big Band Era Jazz. Bruce Davis hosts some of the best in Big Band holiday tunes.

Saturday, Dec. 21, noon-1 p.m. “From the Top Holidays,” featuring the Bel Canto Voices –an all-girls choir from the Twin Cities, a brass ensemble from the Minnesota Youth Symphony, and other young musicians from around the country performing seasonally-appropriate selections.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-2 p.m. “Fascinatin’ Rhythm: American Christmas.” The holiday seen through American popular music.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 1-2 p.m. “Front Porch Bluegrass Decorated for Christmas.” Holiday bluegrass music with host Kevin Brown.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2-3 p.m. “A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins.” Judy Collins hosts an all-new hour-long tour around the nation featuring musical takes on the holiday season from folk artists. The music includes many new originals — some thoughtful, some tongue-in-cheek — along with a number of holiday favorites. Along the way, many of the artists reflect on the holidays and tell the stories behind their songs.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 3-4 p.m. “Thistle & Shamrock: Celtic Holidays.” Seasonal music from the British Isles.

Monday, Dec. 23, 7-9 p.m. “Concert of the Week: A Cleveland Orchestra Christmas.” Robert Page conducts the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Children’s Chorus in several holiday favorites, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and many lesser-known works such as Kodaly’s “Christmas Dance of the Shepherds,” Hovhaness’s “Prayer of St. Gregory,” and “King Jesus Hath a Garden.”

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-noon. A recording of the late Robert Shaw conducting Handel’s Messiah. Handel’s beloved masterpiece from the late choral master Robert Shaw, in top form with first-rate soloists and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by NPR’s Lisa Simeone.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, noon-1 p.m. “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol.” The master comedian presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7:30-7 p.m. “The Power of Christmas: Joy, Miracle and Redemption.” Readings of three holiday poems by local professor John Geary.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7-midnight. “Verne Windham’s Christmas Card.” Windham, the music director for KPBX, hosts an evening of highlights of local holiday concerts, including music from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, the Clarion Brass Ensemble, Spokane Area Children’s Chorus, Spokane Falls Community College, and Eastern Washington University.

Wednesday, Dec. 25, midnight-1:30 a.m. “St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert.” The St.Olaf Christmas Festival takes place every December on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. This year’s theme is “Ris’n With Healing In His Wings.”

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 9-11 a.m. “Music of the Baroque Christmas.” A concert of brass and choral music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Giovannie Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, Michael Praetorius and Jacob Handl, among others.

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. “Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.” The world’s most famous orchestra on their “home turf” –Symphony Hall in Boston – performing music for the holidays under the leadership of charismatic conductor Keith Lockhart. Hosted by NPR’s Korva Coleman and Ron Della Chiesa.

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 6:30-7 p.m. “KPBX Holiday Tales.” Phyllis Silver tells the tale of “Hanna the Great;” other stories include “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas.

Thursday, Dec. 26, 8-10 p.m. “Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah.” Nicholas McGregan conducts the University of Michigan Chamber Choir.

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