Holiday Special Programming

Dec 11, 2017

Happy Holidays from Delmarva Public Radio! We have plenty of special programs to help you celebrate the season.

Christmas Eve

10AM A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this live 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.

Noon- La Nochebuena Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

The acclaimed Rose Ensemble is back again for another one hour special for the holiday season. This year, the Twin Cities early music ensemble presents a program that is both rhythmic and regal; Spanish song and dance to celebrate Christmas Eve, La Nochebena.

In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp, Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion. The Rose Ensemble will transport you to a time and place when the sacred met the earthy in celebration of the season. 

1PM- Carols and Cheer

Host Scott Blankenship joins forces with Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers, to review their favorite carols this holiday season. From holiday classics to contemporary hits, audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

4PM- A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols

Perter Dubois, host of With Heart and Voice hosts this program recorded that Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York.

Christmas Day

11AM- Welcome Christmas

"Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Noon- Hollywood Holiday

Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

1PM- St. Olaf Festival

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

3PM- Leroy Anderson Christmas

Conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson feature recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music.