TPR Presents Three Locally-Produced Holiday Specials on Christmas Eve

Dec 19, 2012

Join Texas Public Radio on Christmas Eve for three local holiday performances:

  • At 2 p.m. KPAC-FM 88.3 presents the San Antonio Symphony’s Christmas Baroque performance.
  • "Glad Tidings!," the annual performance by Voci di Sorelle, airs at 8 p.m.
  • KSTX-FM 89.1 will air "It’s a Wonderful Life," a radio play by The Classic Theatre of San Antonio at 8 p.m.

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony performance was recorded live on November 24, 2012, at San Fernando Cathedral, as Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto led a 20-piece baroque orchestra through lively music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Johann Sebastian Bach.

"What could evoke Christmas better than hearing Italian Christmas concertos and French Christmas carols inside a cathedral?" asked Fujimoto. "Christmas Baroque …was a great success because it was like being transported to a midnight mass on Christmas Eve in 17th- or 18th-century Europe, except that we were at our own historic cathedral right here in San Antonio."

Christmas Baroque airs on Monday, December 24, at 2 p.m. on KPAC-FM 88.3.

Voci di Sorelle

At 8 p.m. on Monday, December 24, KPAC-FM 88.3 presents "Glad Tidings!" by Voci di Sorelle, San Antonio’s premiere women’s vocal ensemble. This performance was recorded live at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on December 16, 2012.

"Voci di Sorelle's December concert has become a Holiday favorite for many," notes the founder and artistic director of Voci di Sorelle, Ruth Moreland. "The unique sound of twelve women's voices singing a cappella music of the season is the perfect place to retreat from holiday busy-ness and focus on the peaceful beauty and joy of Christmas. This year's concert at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word was a wonderful afternoon of music with medieval carols and favorite Christmas lullabies from around the world."

The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

The theatre company's production of "It’s a Wonderful Life" ran for a few special performances at the Jump-Start Theater in November and was recorded live.

"Recreating a 1940’s radio studio, the Classic Theatre of San Antonio and an ensemble of five local actors and live sound effects bring the story of George Bailey to life. The live studio audience put the finishing touches on this adaptation of the classic story of a man who needed to be reminded of just how important his life had been to the people he met," said Director of Education Renee Garvens.

The Classic Theatre of San Antonio's performance of "It’s a Wonderful Life" airs on KSTX-FM 89.1 on Monday, December 24 at 8 p.m.