Thursday, November 20, 2008

KBAQ announces special Thanksgiving and Christmas programs

TEMPE, ARIZ. (November 20, 2000) -- KBAQ 89.5 FM, Central Arizona’s classical music companion, has created a holiday schedule full of Christmas Carols and holiday pops that culminates on New Year’s Day with the Vienna Philharmonic. Highlights are listed below. Visit for more programming information.

Thursday, November 27 1pm Harvest Home: Thanksgiving with the Dale Warland Singers
Choral classics celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest. The Dale Warland Singers, acclaimed as America’s premier choir draw upon their archive of live performances to create an autumn musical feast. Brian Newhouse, host.

Saturday, December 6 7pm The Best Gifts
Christmas spoken, sung and played in a program of treasures from the KBAQ archive. Performances from long ago and only yesterday with familiar voices and the meanings of Christmas.

Friday, December 12 7pm The Rose Ensemble: An Early American Christmas
Shaker Tunes, Kentucky Harmonies, and Acadian dances done by one of America’s premiere early-music ensembles. Since it began in 1996, The Rose Ensemble has surprised and delighted audiences with performances of music from centuries past. This 2008 Christmas program highlights the treasures of Appalachia.

Saturday, December 13 7pm A Choral Christmas Card
A coast-to-coast sampler of the country’s best choirs in carols for the season. Visit choral towns across the U.S. including Kansas City, Austin, Santa Fe, and Boston. Hear songs from hundreds of years past and beautiful selections of our own time. Valerie Kahler, host.

Friday, December 19 7pm A Chanticleer Christmas
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas. Their 2008 Christmas special is a blend of traditional carols, medieval sacred works, and jazzy spirituals. Brian Newhouse, host.

Friday, December 19 8pm Carols for Dancing
An hour-long special devoted to the intimate connection between song and dance in holiday music. Built around vigorous performances by Renaissonics — an award-winning improvisatory Renaissance dance band. The program tells the story of the mid-winter holiday dance tradition. Ellen Kushner, hosts.

Saturday, December 20 8pm 365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass
The Canadian Brass performs new arrangements of Christmas music along with the classic versions of Christmas and Hanukkah songs they've made popular over the last 35 years. David Srebnik, host.

Monday, December 22 7pm Chanukah in Story and Song
Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, this program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle." The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals.

Wednesday, December 24 9am A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A live broadcast from the chapel of the King's College in Cambridge, England. Michael Barone hosts this exclusive broadcast of the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music as performed by the King's College Choir.

Thursday, December 25 7pm Mendelssohn “Magnificat”
"Magnificat," an American broadcast debut, features the Yale Schola Cantorum in a period-style performance of Felix Mendelssohn's setting of the text, directed by Simon Carrington. "Magnificat" presents a unique opportunity to hear both Christmas works back-to-back with some of the finest young vocal and instrumental talent in America. Host and celebrated conductor Simon Carrington leads the performances from Yale's renowned Woolsey Hall.

Thursday, January 1 7pm New Year’s Day from Vienna 2009
NPR takes you direct to the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna for the most popular classical music concert in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day concert. Included will be your favorite waltzes and polkas, and so much more, all conducted by Daniel Barenboim.