Wyoming Public Media 2017 Holiday Programs

All programs subject to change.

Wednesday, December 13

8:00pm: Hanukkah Lights 2017 - A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories.  Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Friday, December 15

8:00pm: Center Stage From Wolf Trap Holiday Special with the Boston Brass

Sunday, December 17

6:00pm: The Hilarious World of Depression Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular - Host John Moe presents an hour of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people with depression to get through the holiday season. With family visits, consumer demands, brutal weather, dark skies, and other factors, this time of year tries a depressive's nerves the most, especially when they're constantly being told how wonderful things are and how happy they should be. Enjoy entertaining, moving, useful, and, yes, hilarious stories from celebrity guests and listeners about the unusual tips and tricks they use to get through the holidays.

Monday, December 18

8:00pm: Candles Burning Brightly - Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

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Tuesday, December 19

8:00pm: A Chanticleer Christmas - Presented live in concert. 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 Brian Newhouse.

Wednesday, December 20

8:00pm: Cheyenne Symphony OrchestraHoliday Magic - The CSO rings in the season with holiday favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and featuring the All City Children’s Chorus and the Cheyenne Chamber Singers. (Repeats Sunday at 4:00pm on Classical Wyoming) 

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Thursday, December 21

8:00pm: Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration - Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

Friday, December 22

3:00pm: Tinsel Tales - In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Host Lynn Neary. 

8:00pm: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Saturday, December 23

11:00am: Ranch Breakfast Christmas Show - with Tom Wilhelm with the best in folk and bluegrass for the season.

8:00pm:  Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Special - A hi-fi highball of vintage "bachelor pad" music, exotica, private eye jazz and eccentric, overstimulated pop music of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

10:00pm: Jazz Piano Christmas 33 - Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

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Sunday, December 24

12:00pm: Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol - An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

2:00pm-4:00pm: 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.

4:00pm: All Songs Considered for the Holidays - Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the north pole.

6:00pm: Thistle & Shamrock Fiona’s Holiday Celebration - A blend of festive songs, carols, stories and season’s greetings will bring the spirit of the holidays to the hearth of your home.

7:00pm-9:00pm: St Olaf Christmas 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. Symphony Cast host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

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Monday, December 25

5:00am: 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. 

9:00am: 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.

10:00am: Wyoming Sounds Holiday Harmony and Rhythm - Americana and contemporary music for a totally cool yule with host Grady Kirkpatrick.

Sunday, December 31 - Monday, January 1

8:00pm-2:00am: Toast of the Nation - An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue, throughout the country.

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Monday, January 1

8:00pm-10:00pm: New Year’s Day from Vienna 2018 - The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. 

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Wednesday, December 20

8:00pm: Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Magic - The CSO rings in the season with holiday favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and featuring the All City Children’s Chorus and the Cheyenne Chamber Singers. (Repeats Sunday at 4:00pm on Classical Wyoming) 

Sunday, December 24

8:00am-10:00am: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (LIVE) - 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.

12:00pm: Center Stage From Wolf Trap Holiday Special with the Boston Brass 

4:00pm:  Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Magic

Monday, December 25

7:00am-9:00am: St Olaf Christmas 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. Symphony Cast host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Monday, January 1

9:00am-11:00am: New Year’s Day from Vienna 2018 (LIVE) - The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.

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Saturday, December 23

5:00pm: Jazz Piano Christmas 33 - Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert. Hosted by Felix Contreras.