WDAV's 2014 Holiday Programming
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. &Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.
Thurdsay, November 27, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fred Child brings us a holiday edition of the weekday concert program that features live performances from across the country for this American holiday.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Sunday, November 30, 2014 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Join one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles in the country and host Alison Young as they talk about the holiday and perform wonderful choral music.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A new one-hour special of contemplative music for the season hosted by Lynne Warfel.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.WDAV’s live holiday broadcast returns with a program of beloved carols and holiday music illuminated by scripture readings. An original WDAV production.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.This is the annual broadcast of the Advent service from Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A WDAV Production.
Monday, December 15, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Recorded in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in New York City, this program features violinist Joshua Bell performing seasonal music from his CD, “Musical Gifts” with special guests including the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
This series of three-minute modules presented by Naomi Lewin of Classics for Kids explores the stories and customs of Chanukah, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, and traditional foods. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with an exploration of traditional foods and activities, as well as plenty of music.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 11:00 p.m. - midnight
The choir performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the internationally famous museum in a program that describes the story of the nativity. The concert includes selections by Victoria, Morten Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Recorded in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in New York City, the program features the beloved ensemble from “up north” playing holiday favorites from their new Christmas album, including the beloved Vince Guaraldi songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Friday, December 19, 2014 | 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
A service in song and word that has become one of America’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
From Corpus Christi Church in New York City the legendary vocal group sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. Anglo-American ballads such as The Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer describes El Niño as, “my way of trying to understand what is meant by a miracle." This sweeping setting of the Christmas story is both compellingly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions, including medieval carolers, Latin American poets, and an ethereal children's chorus. As the New York Times put it, "El Niño bears so many gifts that the senses stagger under the load."
Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Rachel Stewart offers up a new selection of Baroque holiday favorites, as well as traditional music of the season from the Renaissance to the early 18th century
Sunday, December 21, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This is an all-new edition of the program from a holiday concert by the Spartanburg Philharmonic with conductor Sarah Ioannides. The program includes holiday songs and traditional favorites, plus ballet music from Tchaikovsky, a Polonaise from Rimsky-Korsakov, the prelude to Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and sacred classics by Bach/Gounod, Adolf Adam and Handel.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The San Francisco-based men’s chorus is one of the world’s best male ensembles. Known as an “orchestra of voices,” they’re recognized worldwide for their brilliant technique and musicality, and they’re especially beloved during the holidays.
Monday, December 22, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.
This is a perennial favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary conductor Philip Brunelle.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. - noon
WDAV teams up with Theatre Charlotte to present three holiday tales in the tradition of classic radio drama. Stories include Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus; The Gift of the Magi; and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Also featured are carols and Christmas songs performed by Young Voices of the Carolinas.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The perfect way to start a special day: holiday favorites throughout the morning drawn from the vast collection of seasonal recordings in the WDAV music library, and presented by the ever-genial Mike McKay
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
This trans-Atlantic live broadcast tradition continues with the world-famous Christmas Eve service, brought to you live from King’s College, Cambridge, England.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Matt’s characteristic warmth sets the perfect tone for Christmas Eve. He’ll have the most uplifting and festive seasonal music from our collection.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fred Child shares highlights from great seasonal concerts across the country and around the world.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 9:00 pm - midnight
The gentle sound of the Night Music is the ideal way to usher in the holiday. Frank Dominguez hosts.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m. - noon
The perfect way to start a special day: holiday favorites throughout the morning drawn from the vast collection of seasonal recordings in the WDAV music library, and presented by the ever-genial Mike McKay.
December 25, 2014 | Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Matt’s characteristic warmth sets the perfect tone for Christmas Day, too. He’ll have the most uplifting and festive seasonal music from our collection.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 26, 2014 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Who doesn't love a good Christmas movie? Matt Rogers revisits music from holiday classics like It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (1951), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Home Alone, and White Christmas.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Host Theresa Woody puts together an all-new program of choral selections that ring out the old and bring in the new.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. - midnight
Frank Dominguez changes gears from his usual Night Music pace to present a new edition of this high-spirited program of light classics, pops arrangements and tasteful crossover selections.