Celebrate the season! Make NEPR part of your holidays and New Year's festivities. Enjoy a variety of special programs and tune-in through New Year's day!
Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m.
Chanukah in Story & 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." The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals.
Monday, December 24 at 10 a.m.
Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols
Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music 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.
Tuesday, December 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
John Nowacki & Walter Carroll present classical and pops favorites for the holiday.
Monday, December 31, 8 p.m.-5 a.m.
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 Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. Hear encore sets from Buika,The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Tuesday, January 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Vienna New Year’s Day
Ricardo Muti leads the Vienna Philharmonic its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna featuring waltzes, polkas and more by Strauss family -- a festive way to start off the New Year.