WDAV's 2015 Holiday Programming
Thanksgiving with Cantus
Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 8 p.m.Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 12 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.
Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Music and words brought together in a thoughtful reflection on the meaning of the holiday. Acclaimed authors join the table with readings and reminiscences, but classical music is the heart and soul of Giving Thanks, and this year's selections include classics from Bach, Copland, and more. Sponsored by:
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 5 p.m.
A new one-hour special of contemplative music for the season hosted by Lynne Warfel.
Candles Burning Brightly 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5 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.
Charlotte Lessons & Carols from St. John’s
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 5 p.m.Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10 a.m.Friday, December 25, 2015 at 4 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.
Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 5 p.m.Friday, December 25, 2015 at 6 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.
Christmas Vespers from Davidson College
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.This is the annual broadcast of the Advent service from Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A WDAV Production.
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9 p.m.Friday, December 25, 2015 at 7 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.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
World of Opera Holiday Edition: Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Biscuits & Bach – Baroque for Christmas
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 7 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.
Carolina Live Holiday Edition 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3 p.m.This is an all-new edition of the series with highlights from a number of concerts. The programs range from a Fireside Holiday with the Bel Canto Company of Greensboro to the Capital City Brass Quintet performing in Lancaster, SC and holiday classics performed by the Spartanburg Philharmonic and friends with conductor Sarah Ioannides.
An Old Time Radio Christmas
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 9 p.m.Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.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
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 9 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 23, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.
A new program of seasonal favorites from tinsel town, ranging from White Christmas to How the Grinch Stole Christmas with lots more in between.
Christmas Eve with Mike McKay
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 7 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
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10 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.
Eight Nights of Chanukah
December 7 - 14, 2015 at 4 p.m. 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.
Christmas Eve with Matt Rogers
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 12 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.
A Chanticleer Christmas
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 5 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.
Caroling with the Singers
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.Friday, December 25, 2015 at 5 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.
Night Music for Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 9 p.m.The gentle sound of the Night Music is the ideal way to usher in the holiday. Frank Dominguez hosts.
Christmas Morning with Mike McKay 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015 at 7 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.
Christmas Day with Matt Rogers 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015 at 12 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.
Reel Music: Christmas at the Movies at 9 p.m.
Friday, December 25, 2015 at 9 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.
Christmas Night Music with Frank Dominguez
Friday, December 25, 2015 at 10 p.m.Frank Dominguez offers another special selection of gentle, contemplative holiday classics capturing the mystery and reverence of the season.Sponsored by Friends of the Arts at Davidson
World of Opera Holiday Edition: John Adams’ El Niño
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 6 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."
WDAV’s Pops! New Year’s Eve 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6 p.m.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.
New Year’s Day from Vienna 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The most popular classical music concert in the world with the Vienna Philharmonic performing waltzes, polkas and more.
Sponsored by:Dr. Rick Lejk