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Christmas season featured in December’s Public Radio programming
the Inland Register
(From the Dec. 3, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
Spokane’s Public Radio affiliate, KPBX, 91.1 FM, is offering a full slate of Christmas programming in story and song again this year, . Some highlights include:
Friday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-noon: “A Vermont Christmas with Counterpoint .” Highlights of holiday concerts by Counterpoint, Vermont’s premier choral ensemble.
Friday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-noon: “Chanukah in Story and Song.” The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble performs Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. Leonard Nimoy hosts.
Monday, Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m.: Local Christmas Concerts, including the Spokane Jazz Orchestra of Dec. 5: Holiday Songs of Nat King Cole with Horace Alexander Young.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon: “Happy Holidays with The Matinee.” A Broadway Matinee favorite celebrating stage and screen songs for the winter holidays.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-noon: “Guitar Hour Christmas Special.” Classical guitar music for the holidays.
Friday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-noon: “Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers.” Traditional and contemporary holiday music, recorded live at The Singers’ annual “Christmas on Logan Square” performance.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 1-2 p.m.: “Fascinatin’ Rhythm’ Home for Christmas.”
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2-3 p.m.: “Ornaments and Icing.” Some of the songs are familiar, but the interpretations are all new! With new holiday songs and old favorites, listen to artists’ anecdotes about the season. And, a take-a-turn reading of The Night Before Christmas.
Monday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-noon: “Mother of God: A Portrait in Song.” Performances by the Carmel Bach Festi-val’s orchestra and chorale and the local symphonic chorus. The composers span the globe from the 12th-20th century, and feature beautiful, reflective a cappella.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-noon: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Hosted by Judy Collins. A tour around the nation and beyond to hear musical takes on the holiday season from folk artists, complete with the stories behind the music. The show includes originals along with rarely heard traditional carols, a few holiday favorites, and two Hanukkah pieces.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-noon. “Handel’s Messiah.” The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and chorus perform the magnificent and chilling Messiah.
Christmas Day: Friday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-noon: Advent and Vespers from Apollo’s Fire. Apollo’s Fire gives a rousing, vital performance of music that the early 17th century German composer Michael Praetorius might have used at Lutheran services for Advent and Christmas Day Vespers. The concert features strings, winds, children’s and adult’s voices, and period brass including sackbuts, trumpets, and cornetti.