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SC Public Radio 2022 Holiday Specials

Celebrate the holidays with these specials from SC Public Radio, airing on all of our Music & News stations.
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Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.
Welcome Christmas – APM – A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, presenting an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

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Dec. 19 at 12 p.m.
Candles Burning Brightly – APM – Candles Burning Brightly is a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities, and plenty of music.

Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.
Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square – APM – The Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of touching arrangements of familiar carols and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming new classics. Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.

Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs – NPR – One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges – two of the most prestigious historically Black institutions in the nation – get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. Dec. 20 at 12 p.m.

Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. (will also air Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. on all SC Public Radio stations)
ColaJazz Presents: Jingle Bell Jazz – A local production in partnership with the ColaJazz Foundation, Jingle Bell Jazz is a jazzy celebration of holiday favorites old and new recorded in front of a live audience in Columbia, SC. Hosted by Mark Rapp. Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. (will also air Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. on all SC Public Radio stations)

Dec. 21 at 12 p.m.
A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico – NPR – Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, performs a concert of radiant sacred music for the season by the most acclaimed composers of the Renaissance. Dec. 21 at 12 p.m.

Hanukkah Lights is hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Hanukkah Lights is hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.
Hanukkah Lights – NPR – A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.

Dec. 22 at 12 p.m.
 An Afro Blue Christmas – NPR – Join us for a special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Hear the a-cappella group perform a variety of holiday songs including African American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. Dec. 22 at 12 p.m.

Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. (Two hours)
St. Olaf Christmas Festival – APM - St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African American spirituals.

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Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. (Two Hours) [Note: This will be a delayed version of the program that normally airs live at 10 a.m.]
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – APM - An annual and beloved Christmas Eve tradition, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is an extraordinary and memorable service of word and music
from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, England.

Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.
All is Bright – APM – An hour-long program of contemplative choral and solo vocal Christmas music for the season.

Dec. 26 at 12 p.m.
A World Café Holiday – NPR – World Café gives the musical gift of hip holiday cheer. Dec. 26 at 12 p.m.

Dec. 27 at 11 a.m.
Jazz Piano Christmas – NPR – Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music, captured live in concert with a small audience.

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Dec. 27 at 12 p.m.
Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics – APM – Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

Dec 28 at 11 a.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas – APM – A one-hour program of holiday classics presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as “an orchestra of voices.” Dec 28 at 11 a.m.

Dec. 28 at 12 p.m.
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special – NPR – 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.

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Dec. 29 at 11 a.m.
A Soulful Christmas – APM – An uplifting, relevant display of Black music in the classical, gospel, spiritual, and jazz-inspired style. This special celebrates the non-idiomatic Black classical music, while exploring non-idiomatic choral traditions.

Dec 29 at 12 p.m.
Hollywood Holiday – APM – Host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies, including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Muppet Christmas Carol,” and many more.

Dec. 30 at 10 a.m.
A Paul Winter Solstice – NPR – Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration. We head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear a new performance of The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.

Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. (Two hours)
Toast of the Nation – NPR – An NPR tradition since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect jazzy complement for ringing in the new year.