2017 Holiday Programming On TPR

Nov 19, 2017

Texas Public Radio celebrates the season with holiday programming to get you into the spirit, or simply offer a moment of reflection. Join us on KPAC 88.3 FM, KSTX 89.1 FM, and all of TPR's TexNet stations for a cornucopia of programs, including music, spoken word, and in at least one instance... the inexplicable.

On KPAC 88.3 FM

December 12, 4pm, “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. Broadcast made possible by San Antonio Jewish Senior Services. Did you miss the show? Listen to it online at this link.

December 23, 7pm: A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols from St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Nathan Cone is joined by Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton and choirmaster Joseph Causby from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio for their annual service of readings and music. Hear a preview in the audio player below.

December 24, 9am-11am: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. 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.

December 24, 5pm: “Messiah” with the San Antonio Mastersingers: This year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with orchestra, recorded live at University United Methodist Church.

December 25, 8am: Welcome Christmas 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.

January 1, 10am-noon: New Year’s Day from Vienna  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, conducted by Riccardo Muti -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music. Broadcast made possible by Bjorn's Audio-Video.


Thanksgiving, November 23, noon, Giving Thanks: "Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons,” and Francis Lam, with his recent, James Beard Award-winning Thanksgiving essay about immigrants. Broadcast made possible by Cappy's and La Fonda on Main. Did you miss the show? Listen back to it online at this link.

Sunday, Decmeber 10, 3pm: Hanukkah Lights 2017: A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Broadcast made possible by San Antonio Jewish Senior Services. Did you miss the show? Listen back to it online at this link or in the embedded player below.

Saturday, December 23, 7pm: Live At Jazz, TX – Join us for a Swinging Big Band Christmas at Jazz, TX with Doc Watkins and his Orchestra!

Saturday, December 23, 8pm: Christmas Around the World with Deirdre Saravia

Sunday, December 24, 10pm, The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special: Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Credit Carin Lamontagne

Sunday, December 24, 11pm, Peabo's Quantum Christmas Special: TPR's oddest holiday tradition continues! Now in its 17th year, Peabo the rooster joins hosts Nathan Cone and David Furst on a Christmastime odyssey through space and time.