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Special Holiday Programs for 2021 on PRE

Every Good Thing

Wednesday, November 24th

3pm - 4pm

On Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from all around the country take some time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. It's "Every Good Thing" — an hour of stories and music to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 24th

7pm - 9pm

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. Between the music, no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it's a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude.  Whether in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

Candles Burning Brightly

Sunday, November 28th

6pm - 7pm

An enlightening one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner hosts this holiday favorite and exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities – and plenty of music.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

Monday, November 29th

7pm – 8pm

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

Messiah with Craven Messiah Chorus

Monday, December 6th

7pm - 9pm     

A revisited local production of Handel's Messiah from December 11, 2017, in New Bern, NC. The Craven Messiah Chorus has canceled its live performance this year due to the pandemic, and P.R.E. presents this broadcast of its 35th Season performance, recorded live at Centenary United Methodist Church, on the date and at the hour the live production would have occurred. Featuring an interview with conductor James Ogle, with local program host Finley Woolston.

Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season

Thursday, December 9th

7pm – 8pm                                          

Sara Schneider, host of Early Music Now, presents Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season, with joyful and contemplative sounds of the season. Hear Byzantine chant by Kassiani, and selections from Missa Puer natus est nobis by Thomas Tallis, plus hymns and motets from Spain, Germany, and France. Performers include The Cardinall’s Musick, Theatre of Voices, Cappella Romana, and Oltremontano.

Christmas with Madrigalia

Monday, December 13th

7pm- 8pm

Christmas with Madrigalia celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season with traditional carols and anthems from the Medieval era through the 21st century. This program, recorded live in concert, features music by Michael Praetorius, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Ola Gjeilo, Alice Parker, and Craig Hella Johnson, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.

Apollo’s Fire Presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain

Wednesday, December 15th

3pm – 4pm

This Irish-Appalachian Celebration highlights the American immigrant experience, sharing the spirit and history of Appalachia’s Irish and Scottish roots through music. The 35-member ensemble includes 10 children and brings a joyous concert experience with the warmth of period instruments. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, singers, and children’s voices join together to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian holiday.

Music of the Baroque: Brass and Choral Holiday Concert      

Thursday, December 16th            

7pm – 9pm

Drawn from diverse cultures and various points in history, conductor William Jon Gray has assembled a program highlighting holiday traditions around a single unifying principle: whether in the twelfth or nineteenth centuries, in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, the Netherlands, or Spain, music gives voice to the spirit of the season. Music of the Baroque is comprised of approximately 60 professional musicians who individually perform around the world and come together in Chicago as a collective. Hosted by Candice Agree, featuring works of composers Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and more.

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

Friday, December 17th                                        

7pm – 8pm

An hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), host Michael Phillips shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores. Bundle up and enjoy!

All Is Bright                                                                                      

Monday, December 20th               

7pm – 8pm

One hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Christmas season and its symbolism. Hosted by Lynne Warfel, this program uses sacred choral music grouped to tell the traditional Christmas story by way of songs about angels, the star, and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cambridge Singers, Cantus, and Chanticleer.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Thursday, December 23th                                   

7pm - 8pm 

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Steve Staruch.

A Festival of 9 Lessons                                                                 

Friday, December 24th                

10am - 12pm

Michael Barone presents this service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Welcome Christmas                                                                         

Friday, December 24th                

7pm – 8pm

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries. 

A Soulful Christmas                                                                             

Friday, December 24th

8pm – 9pm

A Soulful Christmas is an uplifting, relevant display of Black music in the classical, gospel, spiritual, and jazz-inspired style. This special celebrates the non-idiomatic Black classical music, while exploring non-idiomatic choral traditions.

Messiah with Craven Messiah Chorus                                       

Saturday, December 25th               

6pm - 8pm     

A revisited local production of Handel's Messiah from December 11, 2017, in New Bern, NC. The Craven Messiah Chorus presents a broadcast of its 35th Season performance, recorded live at Centenary United Methodist Church. Featuring an interview with conductor James Ogle, with local program host Finley Woolston.