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WDAV's 2014 Holiday Programming


Coming Up...
Thursday, Nov. 27 @ 3:00 PM Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, Nov. 27 @ 5:00 PM Performance Today Thanksgiving Edition
Thursday, Nov. 27 @ 7:00 PM Thanksgiving with Cantus
Sunday, Nov. 30 @ 1:00 PM Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Sunday, Nov. 30 @ 5:00 PM Advent Voices

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Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving 150

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.

Sponsored by:
DC FOTA



Performance Today Thanksgiving Edition
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving 2 150Thurdsay, 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.

Sponsored by:
Windsor Jewelers



Thanksgiving with Cantus
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 30, 2014 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Cantus 150Thursday, 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.

Sponsored by:
Logo Hampton Inn Mooresville



Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving 150

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.

Sponsored by:
DC FOTA



Advent Voices
Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Advent 150

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.



Charlotte Lessons & Carols from St. John’s

Charlotte Lessons Carols 150Tuesday, 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.

Sponsored by:
Bragg logo


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Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

Spelman Morehouse Glee 150Sunday, 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.


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Christmas Vespers from Davidson College

DCSC Vespers 150Sunday, 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.

Sponsored by:
The Pines


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Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends

CD Musical Gifts Josh BellMonday, 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.



Eight Nights of Chanukah

Chanukah 150This 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.  


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Candles Burning Brightly

Chanukah 150

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.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro



Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine at the Metropolitan Museum

Cathedral Choir St JohnWednesday, 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.



The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here

Canadian Brass ChristmasThursday, 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.



The St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St Olaf Orchestra 150Friday, 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.

Sponsored by:
MI Connection



An Anonymous 4 Christmas

Anonymous 4Saturday, 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.



World of Opera Holiday Edition: John Adams’ El Niño

John AdamsSaturday, 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."



Biscuits & Bach – Baroque for Christmas

Rachel Stewart 2011 Exterior 150Sunday, 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

Sponsored by:
Logo: The Pines



Carolina Live Holiday Edition: Joyous Holiday Music

Christmas OrnamentSunday, 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.

Sponsored by:
OrthoCarolina



A Chanticleer Christmas.

ChanticleerSunday, 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.



Welcome, Christmas!

VocalEssence 150Monday, 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.



An Old Time Radio Christmas

Vintage MicrophoneTuesday, 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.



Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

Winters 150Tuesday, 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.



Christmas Eve with Mike McKay 2014

Mike McKay 2011 Exterior 150Wednesday, 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

Sponsored by:
Blossom Shop logo The Pines



A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - LIVE!

Cambridge ChristmasWednesday, 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. 



Christmas Eve with Matt Rogers 2014

Matt Rogers 150 pxWednesday, 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.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro



Performance Today: Christmas Eve Edition

Fred Child 150Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Fred Child shares highlights from great seasonal concerts across the country and around the world.

Sponsored by:
Windsor Jewelers



Night Music for Christmas Eve

Frank Dominguez 2011 Exterior 150Wednesday, 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.

Sponsored by:
DC FOTA



Christmas Morning with Mike McKay 2014

Mike McKay 2011 Exterior 150Wednesday, 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.

Sponsored by:
St Matthew Catholic Church



Christmas Day with Matt Rogers 2014

Matt Rogers 150 pxDecember 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.



Performance Today Christmas Day Edition

Fred Child 150Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Fred Child shares highlights from great seasonal concerts across the country and around the world.

Sponsored by:
Windsor Jewelers



Reel Music: Christmas at the Movies

Wonderful LifeFriday, 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.


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Choral Showcase New Year’s Edition

Choral 150Saturday, 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.



WDAV’s Pops! New Year’s Eve 2014

Frank Dominguez 2011 Exterior 150Wednesday, 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.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro


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