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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Public radio schedules include Advent, Christmas programming

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 6, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Public radio station KPBX, FM 91.1 in Spokane, has scheduled a wide selection of special seasonal programming in the coming weeks. Highlights include:

Dec. 10: Concert of the Week: Local College Concerts, 7-9 p.m. Spokane Public Radio Program’s overview of the area’s college holiday musical festivities.

Dec. 10 and 11: The Bookshelf: Hanukkah Lights 2007, 6:30-7 p.m. A perennial NPR favorite, acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written expressly for the program. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg.

Dec. 12: Christmas Memories with Marian McPartland, 10-11 p.m. Marian McPartland celebrates the holidays with a special hour of her favorite holiday music and memories. McPartland and several of her “Piano Jazz” guests perform traditional Christmas songs, as well as more modern works that celebrate the season. Listeners are in for a special gift when McPartland shares classic Christmas tales set to an improvised musical score by the jazz legend.

Dec. 17: Christmas Around the Country 2007, 11 a.m.-noon. 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.

Dec. 18: A Baroque Christmas, 11 a.m.-noon. Public Radio International’s one hour celebration of Christmas music and themes featuring a leading interpretive ensemble of Baroque music, Chatham Baroque, hailed by National Public Radio and the National Association of Record Merchandisers as the “1999 Breakthrough Artists of the Year.”

Dec. 20: Guitar Hour Holiday Selections, 11 a.m.-noon. Leon Atkinson’s eclectic selections of guitar-based music for the holidays.

Dec. 21: Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers 2007, 11 a.m.-noon. An annual favorite, ‘Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers’ is a concert of traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by the renowned choral group. This year, the famed ensemble celebrates Christmas on Logan Square with a program of 20th-century music.

Dec. 22: Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show, 9-10 p.m. Clarence Fountain and his legendary gospel group have won four Grammy Awards in the last four years. In this encore presentation from the Discoveries of 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 Renée Montagne.

Dec. 23: The Pleasures of Winter with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, 2-3 p.m. “The Pleasures of Winter” is a live-performance music special hosted by folk duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and recorded at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY. The music ranges from a unique choice of lively seasonal offerings to deeply moving pieces that reflect the more thoughtful and reflective side of winter and the holiday season. Interspersed are short seasonal readings – some humorous, some thought-provoking.

Dec. 23: Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites, 4-5 p.m. 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.

Dec. 24: Footprints to Paradise: A Mediaeval Christmas 2007, 7-8 p.m. Join host Bill McGlaughlin for “Footprints to Paradise: A Mediaeval Christmas,” a captivating hour of Christmas stories taken from Britain’s celebrated mystery plays. Mystery plays of old were created by and for ordinary people and were often full of humor, domestic disputes, and stolen animals. Building on that, the action and humor in “Footprints to Paradise” are non-stop, and filled with light lessons and good cheer.
• Handel’s Messiah from Philadelphia, 10 a.m.-noon. An encore presentation of Handel’s holiday masterpiece performed by “The Fabulous Philadelphians” – one of the world’s great orchestras, and joined by the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Acclaimed British choral master Richard Hickox conducts.
• Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol, 6-7 p.m. 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.
• Christmas in Spokane, 8 p.m.-midnight. Spokane Public Radio Program Director Verne Windham collects highlights from the areas best holiday concerts.

Dec. 25: Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral, midnight-1 a.m. 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.
• National Public Radio Holiday Programming, 9 a.m-2 p.m. Continuous streaming of holiday music from NPR for your relaxation and enjoyment.
• Bach’s Christmas Oratorio from Carnegie Hall, 7-9 p.m. 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. Hosted by John Schaefer.

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