Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Spokane Public Radio offers Christmas programming

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 4, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

KPBX, 91.1 FM in Spokane, will feature a broad selection of religious programming in the days leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Highlights include:

Dec. 15, 11a.m.-noon: “The Rose Ensemble: An Early American Christmas.” Older music of North America, performed by a premier early music ensemble.

Dec. 17, 10-11 p.m.: “A Jazz Piano Christmas,” with performances by Latin jazz musicians as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis.

Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-noon: “Welcome Christmas!” Performed by the Minneapolis-based ensemble VocalEssence, spotlighting African-American composers.

Dec. 21, 4-5 p.m.: “Hanukkah Lights.” Acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written for the program.
• 10 p.m.-midnight: “A Paul Winter Solstice Concert,” performed by the Winter Consort, from New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-noon: “Happy Joyous Hanukkah.” Music by The Klezmatics.

Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-noon: “A Harpist’s Christmas with Yoland Kondonassis,” accompanied by flautist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps.

Dec. 24, 9-10 a.m.: “Handel’s Messiah,” performed by The Calvin Oratorio Society from the Calvin College Fine Arts Center Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Mich.
• 7-12 p.m.: “Christmas from Spokane,” with the best of the area’s concerts, including college and community music groups.
• Midnight-2 a.m.: “Saint Olaf Christmas Festival,” with hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity.

Dec. 25, 9-10 a.m.: “Choirs and Carols,” including performances around the world by Trio Medieval, the Riga Dom Boys Choir, the Pittsburgh Brass, and Finland’s YL Choir.
• 10-11 a.m.: “Christmas Around the Country.” From churches and concert halls, from auditoriums and town halls.
• 11 a.m.-noon: “A Chanticleer Christmas.” An elegant blend of traditional carols, sacred medieval works, and jazzy spirituals from the all-male chorale group.
• 4-5 p.m.: “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol,” a unique reading of the traditional story by the master comedian.
• 6-7 p.m.: “Cantus: All is Calm.” A musical drama about the spontaneous World War I Christmas truce.

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