2017 Holiday Programming

We have some new and traditional holiday program favorites for you this holiday season.  From all of us at WUOT, we wish you the very best holiday season! 

Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. – Chanukah: In Story and Song

Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners. This delightfully engaging 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."

Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m. – Jazz Piano Christmas

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Friday, December 15 at 10 p.m. – Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

Sunday, December 17 at 6 p.m. – 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.

Monday, December 18 at 8 p.m. – Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

Monday, December 18 at 9 p.m. – Advent Voices

Host Lynne Warfel presents an hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story, and its symbolism.  Selections include "I Wonder As I Wander," "Gabriel’s Message," "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," and "Still, Still, Still."

Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. – Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Tuesday, December 19 at 8 p.m. – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics Christmas

Christmas concert performed in the Bijou Theatre on Sunday, November 26.  The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra was joined in performance by the Webb School's Madrigal Singers.  

Wednesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. – St. Olaf Christmas Festival

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. SymphonyCast host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Thursday, December 21 at 8 p.m. – A Chanticleer Christmas

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

Thursday, December 21 at 9 p.m. – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Saturday, December 23 at 6 a.m. – St. Olaf Christmas Festival (repeat)

Sunday, December 24 at 6 a.m. – Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression.

Sunday, December 24 at 10 a.m. – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Live)

Pipedreams host 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.

Sunday, December 24 at 1 p.m. – Tinsel Tales

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.                                                                     

Sunday, December 24 at 6 p.m. – Welcome Christmas!

New for 2017, "Welcome Christmas!" is 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.

Sunday, December 24 at 7 p.m. – Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

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. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Sunday, December 24 at 8 p.m. – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Clayton Holiday Concert (tentative)

One of East Tennessee’s greatest holiday traditions, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, features special guests for the annual Clayton Holiday Concert: Music from the Movies. Enjoy all your holiday favorites such as the Hallelujah Chorus Handel's Messiah, and special scores from holiday films including Polar Express, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and a few surprises.  We will welcome our friends to the stage from the Knoxville Choral Society, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, the Knoxville Handbell Festival Ringers, and singers from the Farragut High School Ensemble. The featured soloist will be Knoxville-native Alex Ward, tenor.

Sunday, December 24 at 10 p.m. – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Repeat)

Monday, December 25 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. – Classical holiday music

Tuesday, December 26 at 7 p.m. – A Season’s Griot

This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

Sunday, December 31 at 11 p.m. (until 1 a.m. January 1) – Toast of the Nation

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue, throughout the country.

Monday, January 1 at 11 a.m. – New Year’s Day from Vienna (Live)

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 -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.