Christmas

The Sounds Of The Season On TPR

Dec 15, 2015
Courtesy St. Olaf College

Texas Public Radio celebrates the season this month with programming to get you into the spirit.

On KPAC 88.3 FM, holiday music will be broadcast throughout the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Beginning at 3 p.m. on KPAC 88.3 FM, we'll broadcast "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols." The annual Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.

It's not too hard to make the case that Christmas stories can be scary. Toys springing to life. That large man sneaking into your home at midnight after watching you all year. No wonder there's an entire genre of Christmas-themed horror movies. And one of them happened to be one of last weekend's top-grossing films.

Amid the ubiquitous din of annual chestnuts like "Jingle Bells" and "Let it Snow," you may be surprised to learn that people are actually writing new holiday songs. And as it turns out, some of them are pretty great.

Carin Lamontagne

In what may be TPR’s oddest holiday tradition, Peabo the rooster returns to the airwaves for his fifteenth annual special on Christmas Eve. Beginning at 11 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM, Peabo will be joined by TPR’s Nathan Cone and longtime friend David Furst for an hour of music and merrymaking as they count down to Santa’s arrival at midnight.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Celebrating 20 years in San Antonio this year, the 323d Army Band lights up Laurie Auditorium this Saturday with a performance featuring a variety of holiday favorites. There’ll be Christmas carols and songs for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 

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