WBAA Holiday Programming Schedule

Tinsel Tales 4: Stories of the Season Told Through Music
Friday, December 14 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Christmas in Appalachia: Greengrass to Bluegrass
Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM

WBAA's Greg Kostraba hosts this special program from the New Harmony Music Festival and School in historic New Harmony, Indiana. You’ll hear great music from fiddler Tony DeMarco, guitarist Cesar Pacifici, bassist and percussive dancer Abby Ladin, Irish flutist, music festival founder, and Lafayette native Christopher Layer, and The Kostraba Sisters.

Harmonia: In Italia, A Medieval Christmas
Sunday, December 16 from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on on WBAA Classical 101.3 FM
In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special holiday edition of Harmonia brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffurius, and southerly to the Naples of Diego Ortiz.

Christmas in New Harmony: A Family Affair
Sunday, December 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920

WBAA's Greg Kostraba hosts “Christmas in New Harmony: A Family Affair” from the historic Thralls Opera house in New Harmony, Indiana. You’ll hear music for the season performed by Irish piper, flutist, and Lafayette-native Christopher Layer, harpist Martha Waldvogel and her children Ben and Ellie Rose, the Kostraba Sisters, Lily & Julia, and artist/songwriting troubadour Clem Penrose.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
Monday, December 17 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM

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.

Holiday Special with the Washington Symphonic Brass
Tuesday, December 18 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM

Celebrate the season with holiday music from England, France, Poland, and the United States performed by the Washington Symphonic Brass at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Carols and Cheer
Wednesday, December 19 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

Gloria in Excelsis: Christmas with the New Jersey Masterchorale 2018
Thursday, December 20 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
The New Jersey MasterChorale, accompanied by musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Friends, with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and mezzo soprano Deidra Palmour presents music of the season, including John Rutter’s festive Gloria, the Te Deum by William Gorton and other much-loved carols including ‘I wonder as I wander’ and the ‘Coventry Carol’.

A Chanticleer Christmas
Friday, December 21 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
Friday, December 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Handel's Messiah with IndyBaroque
Friday, December 21 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
Enjoy a broadcast of Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, performed on period instruments by the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra along with the Beecher Singers of Second Presbyterian Church. This work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression.

Christmas in New Orleans: French Quarter Follies
Saturday, December 22 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920

WBAA's Greg Kostraba hosts “Christmas in New Orleans: French Quarter Follies” from the historic Thralls Opera house in New Harmony, Indiana. You’ll hear great music from New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott, fiddler Mike Barnett, guitarist Jordan Tice, and Irish piper and flutist, Lafayette-native Christopher Layer.

Harmonia: A Baroque Christmas in the New World
Sunday, December 23 from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
We're celebrating the holiday season with music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya - most of which come from the only surviving full-score manuscript in Sumaya's own hand! Listen as the musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University bring these sparkling works to life once again.

A Concierto Christmas Special 2018
Sunday, December 23 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. The program features a broad range of sacred and seasonal selections, spanning from Renaissance Spain to the 20th century in South America and the U.S. Southwest.

The Earth is Our Home for the Holidays and Always 2018
Sunday, December 23 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920
Living on Earth's annual holiday show is back! The program features and stories from three performers about living on Earth, sharing the planet and universal themes of the season. The roster includes storyteller Jay O'Callahan, singer Denny Breau, and green hip-hop artist Tem Blessed. They sing, rap, and talk the need for love, good food, kindness toward all creatures and the value of imagination.

Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920
Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Monday, December 24 from 10:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM

Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Tuesday, December 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Purdue Christmas Show 2017
Tuesday, December 25 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on 101.3 FM, 105.9 FM & AM 920

Featuring the combined voices of Purdue Musical Organizations, the Purdue Christmas Show is a treasured holiday tradition. Experience the 84th Purdue Christmas Show from the Elliott Hall of Music in the heart of the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, and allow the magic of the season to inspire your imagination.

A Season's Griot 2018
Friday, December 28 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 105.9 FM & AM 920
This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 23 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

New Year's with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, December 28 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
Ring in the New Year with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a concert of Strauss waltzes and polkas in the style of the Vienna New Year’s concert!

New Year's Day from Vienna
Tuesday, January 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.


Hanukkah Lights 2018
Friday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on WBAA News on 105.9 FM & AM 920
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Chanukah in Story and Song 2018
Friday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.

A Concierto Chanukah Special
Sunday, December 2 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
This week on "Concierto" you'll hear songs of Thanksgiving and Sephardic songs from Spain in honor of Chanukah, including "Ocho Kandelikas" performed by Pink Martini!

Welcome Christmas!
Monday, December 10 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
New for 2018, “Welcome Christmas!” is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square
Tuesday, December 11 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Christmas with Madrigalia
Wednesday, December 12 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia and Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2018, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season. This one-hour program, recorded live in concert at Rochester’s Clover Center for the Arts, includes beautiful music by Bernice Johnson Reagon, Aleksei Shipovalnikov, Philip Stopford, Jonathan Dove, Christopher Tye and Ratcliff's arrangements of traditional carols.

Chatham Baroque: A Jubilant Season 2018
Thursday, December 13 from 11:00 am to noon on on WBAA Classical 101.3 FM
Ring in the holiday season with Baroque music from internationally-renowned Chatham Baroque. Each year, the Pittsburgh-based ensemble presents dazzling historically-informed interpretations of 17th and 18th century music at Chatham University!

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico
Friday, December 14 from 11:00 am to noon on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM
Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices,. Stile Antico, the award winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul’s church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group’s luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. Presented by NPR Music.