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Radio Programs Perfect for the Holidays

Throughout December, join our classical, jazz, blues and world music hosts for a wide range of holiday pieces, day and night. Some are familiar and some less so, but all tailor-made for the season. Here are some our special broadcasts. Check out the full WCVE Public Radio schedule HERE.

With Heart and Voice
More music of preparation and anticipation during Advent with host Peter DuBois.
December 10 at 10:00 p.m.

Candles Burning Brightly
Host Mindy Ratner explores Hanukkah through foods, traditional activities, and plenty of music.
December 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Hanukkah Lights 2017
All-new Hanukkah stories hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. A perennial NPR favorite!
December 11 at 9:00 p.m.

Slavic Wonders Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
A stunning celebration of the season. Hear soaring soprano lines to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses.

December 17 at 8:00 p.m.

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Two centuries of Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.
December 17 at 9:00 p.m.

With Heart and Voice
Peter DuBois shares great choral and organ music in anticipation of Christmas.
December 17 at 10:00 p.m.

Central Virginia Wind Symphony’s Holiday Program, directed by WCVE’s own Mike Goldberg
In its 13th season, the ensemble is composed of the most talented musicians from 25 area high schools.
December 19 at 2:00 pm
December 25 at 10:00 p.m.

All Saints’ Nine Lessons and Carols
The annual service from the Richmond’s All Saints Choir of Men and Boys, including many favorites and a newly commissioned carol by composer, Dr. Joseph M. Daniel.
December 20 at 1:00 p.m.
December 25 at 11:00 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah
Host George Maida brings you the annual airing of Handel’s masterpiece on the life of Christ.
December 22 at 10:00 p.m.

Christmassy, Wintery Sound of Swing
Seasonal pieces not frequently heard, even around the holidays, from host Steve Clark.
December 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Holiday World Music Show
Songs depicting the Sephardic Jewish experience, Cajun Christmas Carols, and a Ukrainian Bell Carol. Plus, hear “Eight Little Candles,” sung in Hebrew by NPR’s Ari Shapiro, as well as what constituted a Christmas song by Mexican composer Esqivel, a Latin Spike Jones. Just for kicks, we'll check out Holiday Dub Carols.
December 23 at 8:00 p.m.

32nd Annual Presentation of the Christmas Edition of The Electric Croude
Hear unusual gems from around the world–festive music never aired on commercial radio broadcasts.
December 23 at 10:00 p.m.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Michael Barone hosts this legendary live service from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England.
December 24 at 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
Two of the most prestigious, historically black institutions present a spine-tingling concert program with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.
December 24 at 12:00 p.m.

The Thistle and Shamrock
A lavish Celtic celebration of the holidays with host Fiona Ritchie.
December 24 at 1:00 p.m.

The Folk Sampler
Mike Flynn has a sampler of Americana for the season.
December 24 at 2:00 p.m.

With Heart and Voice
Joyous music of the season continues as host Peter DuBois shares holiday choral and organ favorites, both old and new.
December 24 at 10:00 p.m.

Performance Today
Musical highlights from concert halls, churches, and museums around the globe as Fred Child hosts Performance Today's annual Christmas celebration.
December 25 at 9:00 a.m.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections featuring more than 500 student musicians and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
December 25 at 11 a.m.

An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
The Rose Ensemble brings the time of the Tudors to life through tender carols and soaring anthems.
December 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of artistry with familiar carols and new classics.
December 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Jazz Piano Christmas XXXIII
Join host Felix Contreras along with the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a distinctively jubilant, Mardi Grasthemed holiday concert of seasonal favorites.
December 25 at 8:00 p.m.

An Afro Blue Christmas
Join host Michele Norris for a very special holiday concert with Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, Afro Blue and special guest pianist, Cyrus Chestnut. Hear the acapella group perform holiday songs including AfricanAmerican spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.
December 25 at 9:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2018
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever-popular New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear favorite waltzes, polkas, and more - a festive way to start off the New Year.
January 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Capitol Steps
The New Year’s edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday,” with the troupe's satiric songs, roasts, and toasts on the international political scene.
January 1 at 7:00 p.m.