Classical IPR: 2019 holiday programming

Interlochen Public Radio invites you to tune in this December for a season of special programming on Classical IPR.

From live broadcasts both near and far, to festive episodes of your favorite classical music programs, it’s a wintery mix that will make your holiday season both merry and bright.

You can listen online, or listen regionally at 88.7 FM Interlochen, 94.7 FM Traverse City, or 88.5 FM Mackinaw City.

Sunday, Dec. 8

3 p.m. Live broadcast: Home for the Holidays with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and The Accidentals

The homegrown indie band joins the orchestra for classic carols and rockin’ new arrangements.


Monday, Dec. 9

5 p.m. An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

Traditional carols get a medieval makeover.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

5 p.m. A Handel and Haydn Society Christmas

Classical and baroque arrangements evoke the Yule of yesteryear.


Wednesday, Dec. 11

5 p.m. Holidays with the Swingles

A cappella group presents traditional carols and jazz-inspired originals.


Thursday, Dec. 12

5 p.m. Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine

A century-spanning program of sacred choral works.


Friday, Dec. 13

5 p.m. A Broadway and Hollywood Christmas

Holiday favorites from the stage and screen.


Monday, Dec. 16

12 p.m. An American Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller’s greatest holiday hits, hosted by founder Chip Davis.

5 p.m. A Leroy Anderson Christmas Festival

Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Concert Orchestra celebrate the “Sleigh Ride” composer.


Tuesday, Dec. 17

12 p.m. Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

Timeless holiday arrangements from the world’s premiere brass quintet.

5 p.m. IPR Staff Holiday Special

Hosts share their favorite songs and stories.

7 p.m. Live broadcast: Sounds of the Season from Interlochen Arts Academy

A family-friendly showcase from the Wind Symphony and Choir.


Wednesday, Dec. 18

12 p.m. Christmas at the Movies

Unwrapping the scores of your favorite holiday films.

5 p.m. An Anonymous 4 Christmas

Medieval music honoring the Virgin Mary.


Thursday, Dec. 19

12 p.m. Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas

Bluegrass stylings of classic carols featuring Renee Fleming and Sharon Isbin.

5 p.m. An Operavore Christmas

Your favorite carols sung by your favorite opera stars.


Friday, Dec. 20

12 p.m. ¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

The multi-cultural sounds of Christmas in colonial Latin America.

5 p.m. Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Rare holiday recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and more.

8 p.m. A Concierto Christmas

Traditional Spanish-language songs from Latin America.


Monday, Dec. 23

12 p.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A 100-year-old tradition featuring 500 collegiate singers and musicians.

5 p.m. Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party

Acclaimed violinist shares his favorite Chanukah tales and tunes.


Tuesday, Dec. 24

7 a.m. An Anonymous 4 Christmas

Medieval music honoring the Virgin Mary.

8 a.m. Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine

A century-spanning program of sacred choral works.

9 a.m. Classical Music with Kate Botello

Classical music and Christmas favorites with Kate Botello.

10 a.m. Live broadcast: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A live Christmas Eve broadcast from King’s College in Cambridge, England.

12 p.m. Classical Music with Nancy Deneen

Nancy Deneen curates a selection of seasonal tunes.

1 p.m. The Morehouse-Spelman Christmas Concert

Historically black colleges perform spirituals, carols, and sacred texts.

2 p.m. Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

Timeless holiday arrangements from the world’s premiere brass quintet.

3 p.m. Classical Music with Amanda Sewell

Dr. Amanda Sewell presents your favorite carols and composers.

4 p.m. Christmas Revels

A celebration of the Winter Solstice.

6 p.m. The Interlochen Collection: Christmas

A musical journey through Interlochen’s Christmas past.


Wednesday, Dec. 25

8 a.m. Interlochen Arts Academy: The Nutcracker

Dr. Leslie B. Dunner conducts Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet.

10 a.m. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah

The classic oratorio chronicles Christ’s life from prophecy to ascension.

12 p.m. Interlochen Arts Academy: Sounds of the Season (rebroadcast)

A family-friendly showcase from the Wind Symphony and Choir.

1 p.m. Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Accidentals: Home for the Holidays (rebroadcast)

The homegrown indie band joins the orchestra for classic carols and rockin’ new arrangements.

3 p.m. Manitou Winds: Winter Songs and Carols

Local wind quintet performs seasonal chamber selections.

4 p.m. NMC Concert Band: A Winter Wonderland

Conductor Pat Brumbaugh leads the ensemble in holiday tunes.

5 p.m. IPR Staff Holiday Special

Hosts share their favorite songs and stories.

8 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (rebroadcast)

An encore presentation of the Christmas Eve broadcast from King’s College in Cambridge, England.


Thursday, Dec. 26

5 p.m. A Season’s Griot

The nation’s only syndicated Kwanzaa program captures tales and traditions of African peoples.


Monday, Dec. 30

5 p.m. Chanukah with Chicago a cappella

An inspiring and informative program of choral Chanukah music.


Wednesday, Jan. 1

11 a.m. Live broadcast: New Year’s Day from Vienna

Andris Nelsons leads the Vienna Philharmonic in their annual concert.

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