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WUTC Christmas Day Schedule
WUTC offers a mixture of NPR Christmas Day Classics
By Mark Colbert
Chattanooga, TN. –
WUTC CHRISTMAS PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
December 25, 2005
7AM to 10AM - SACRED CLASSICS
Sacred Classics debuts with a special program to ring in a Christmas morning: the joyous sound of holiday carols, motets and cantatas, both ancient and modern. During the first two hours of Sacred Classics, some of today?s greatest practitioners of the caroling tradition including Chanticleer, the Cambridge Singers, the choir of King?s College, Cambridge, and Anonymous 4 will proclaim the mystery and majesty of the Christmas story. Hanukkah starts on Christmas day, and this sacred story will be told in traditional and contemporary music. In the third hour, three extended works will conclude this program: Four Christmas Motets by Francis Poulenc, Daniel Pinkham?s Christmas Cantata and Bach?s Magnificat BWV 243.
10AM to 11AM - CHRISTMAS AROUND THE COUNTRY
Join host Fred Child for Performance Today?s annual tradition of holiday concerts from coast-to-coast. We?ll hear the Baltimore Consort from NPR?s studio 4A; the Empire Brass from Florida; the a capella singing group Canticle from Santa Barbara; and Chanticleer from Petaluma, CA. We?ll also hear a piano version of The Nutcracker from St. Paul and a lavish Christmas Orchestral Overture from Champaign Urbana, Illinois.
11AM to 12N - CHRISTMAS WITH THE PITTSBURGH BRASS
The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, led by Grammy Award winner George Vosburgh, was organized in 1994 featuring some of the world?s finest orchestral brass musicians playing in chamber ensemble. We?ll hear the group in a holiday concert featuring their unique blend of virtuosity with brilliant sonorities usually associated with orchestral brass.
12N to 3PM - A CELTIC HARVEST CHRISTMAS
WUTC?s Celtic Harvest will expand 1-hour on Christmas Day. Join Rabbit as she uncovers classic Christmas celtic classics. She?s keeping all her goodies hidden until Christmas afternoon. Our elves can?t even unlock her stockings or Christmas bag for a look inside.
3PM to 4PM - JONATHAN WINTERS? A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Charles Dickens? holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Mimi Kennedy also stars.
4PM to 5PM - HANUKKAH LIGHTS 2005
A perennial NPR favorite, now in its second decade. Four authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and NPR?s Susan Stanberg.
5PM to 6PM - SOLSTICE DREAMS: ENSEMBLE GALILEI & NEAL CONAN
Evocative music of the season, performed by Ensemble Galilei, interspersed with poignant poems of the season read by NPR?s Neal Conan. Ensemble Galilei blends their music with texts from Ogden Nash, Li Young Lee, Mary Oliver and Jim Harrison. Ensemble Galilei performs Irish, Scottish, Early and Original music on a variety of ancient and modern instruments, including the Celtic harp, Scottish small pipes, gamba, fiddle, recorders, whistles and percussion.
6PM to 7PM - CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WITH MARIAN MCPARTLAND
Join Marian McPartland as she shares stories and impressions from her youth, recalling the traditional English holiday melodies of ?Good King Wenceslas? and ?What Child Is This,? while past Piano Jazz guests offer up newer, original, and lesser known Christmas tunes including ?I Want A Smile For Christmas?.
7PM to 8PM - CHRISTMAS FROM THE WORLD CAFE
NPR and WXPN tean up for a very special ?Roots Christmas? stage show featuring new takes on holiday classics, as well as new contributions to the holiday tradition. David Dye hosts this one-hour program of roots, blues, Americana, and other contemporary music artists providing some old-fashioned Christmas cheer ? recorded on stage at the World Caf? LIVE In Philadelphia. Guest artist include Raul Midon, Jonatha Brooke and the Old Crow Medicine Show.
8PM to 9PM - JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS 16
NPR is back onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with established keyboard veterans mixing with promising newcomers offering original and unique jazz interpretations of holiday favorites. Veteran jazz writer and producer A.B. Spellman hosts the program along with New Orleans jazz pianist Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Hilton Ruiz and many more.
9PM to 10PM - JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS 14
Recorded live in concert at the Kennedy Center, join keyboardists Patrice Rushen, Lynne Arriale, Jason Moran, Arturo O?Farrill, 12-year old sensation Matt Savage, chanteuse Karrin Allyson, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and the Bad Plus performing their own interpretations of holiday standards. Hosted by NPR?s Lisa Simeone.
10PM to 11PM - CHRISTMAS W/ MOREHOUSE AND SPELMAN GLEE CLUBS
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation get together to present a spectacular concert program. It?s a joyous celebration of the schools? tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals, carols and sacred texts.
11PM to 12AM - A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS
From the acoustic excellence of St. Vincent?s Church in Petaluma, California, inspiring sounds of the season from one of the world?s finest choral ensembles?the twelve men of Chanticleer, led by Joseph Jennings. Its an hour of music from the renaissance to spirituals, all performed with impeccable taste and captivating style.