IPR Holiday Schedule 2016

Dec 8, 2016

When viewing our holiday schedule below, please note that the programs are listed sequentially by broadcast time each day.

Programs listed below will be broadcast either on IPR News, Classical, News/Studio One, or Studio One online, which is noted after each program title and broadcast time. Maps showing those signals and where they can be found are available by clicking the program stream after each program title.

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November 24 - Thanksgiving
November 25 - Day after Thanksgiving
December 1
December 5
December 12
December 17
December 18
December 24 - Beginning of Chanukah; Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
January 1 - Conclusion of Chanukah; New Year's Day

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24:

Giving Thanks: 10 - 11 am on IPR News & News/Studio One
Classical music is the heart and soul of “Giving Thanks,” with no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies between pieces. Instead, host John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of the spirit of gratitude, with this year’s special guest, chef Jacques Pepin.

Turkey Confidential: 11 am - 1 pm on IPR News & News/Studio One
Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

Giving Thanks: 12 - 2 pm on IPR Classical
Classical music is the heart and soul of “Giving Thanks,” with no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies between pieces. Instead, host John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of the spirit of gratitude, with this year’s special guest, chef Jacques Pepin.

Brucemorchestra 2016: 2 - 4 pm on IPR Classical
Iowa Public Radio presents "Brucemorchestra! With Mike Maas and Friends." In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary, the concert blends country, folk, and classical music and pays tribute to the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9th annual outdoor show features brilliant works by Leroy Anderson, Copland, Mussorgsky, and Iowa’s own Michael Daugherty.

Giving Thanks: 9 - 10 pm on IPR News
Classical music is the heart and soul of “Giving Thanks,” with no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies between pieces. Instead, host John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of the spirit of gratitude, with this year’s special guest, chef Jacques Pepin.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

Terrible, Thanks for Asking: 10 - 11 am on IPR News & News/Studio One
Two days after Nora McInerny's husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family.  Well ... maybe not "celebrated".  Actually, why would you do that?  Try to be normal when clearly everything isn't? But every year millions of people do the same thing during the Holidays. This special features conversations on the challenges of dealing with trauma and loss during this sensitive season. Plus, stories of people's worst Holidays ever. That's for real. Worst. Ever.

What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools:
12 - 1 pm on IPR News & News/Studio One
The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Join us as we explore two high-poverty schools' efforts to increase their graduation rates and what that means.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking: 9 - 10 pm on IPR News
Two days after Nora McInerny's husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family.  Well ... maybe not "celebrated".  Actually, why would you do that?  Try to be normal when clearly everything isn't? But every year millions of people do the same thing during the Holidays. This special features conversations on the challenges of dealing with trauma and loss during this sensitive season. Plus, stories of people's worst Holidays ever. That's for real. Worst. Ever.

What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools: 10 - 11 pm on IPR News
The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Join us as we explore two high-poverty schools' efforts to increase their graduation rates and what that means.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1:

"A Conquered Christmas" from the Des Moines Social Club:
7 - 9 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Iowa Public Radio presents "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by Iowa musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 5:

LIVE IN-STUDIO: Heartland Marimba Festival Touring Ensemble: 12 - 1 pm on IPR Classical
Listen to the Heartland Marimba Festival touring ensemble as they perform music for marimba chamber ensembles live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 12:

Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular:" 7 - 9 pm on IPR Classical
Celebrate the holidays with Maestro Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and friends! This fun and festival musical celebration has become one of Cedar Rapids’ favorite holiday traditions.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17:

Concierto Christmas Special: 8 - 10 am on IPR Classical
Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18:

Christmas at Luther: 4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Christmas at Luther, now in its 35th year, features performances by six choirs under the direction of Ann Howard Jones, Andrew Last, Jennaya Robison, and Jill Wilson; the Luther Ringers, led by college organist Gregory Peterson; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin.

Advent Voices: 5 - 6 pm on IPR Classical
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

wcfsymphony's "A New Nutcracker:" 7 - 8 pm on IPR Classical
Join us as we present the wcfsymphony's performance of a brand new version of the Nutcracker, featuring Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the holiday classic. This perfect holiday diversion for the whole family includes the orchestra and youth musicians performing jazzy holiday favorites.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24:

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas: 12 - 1 am on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air.

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas: 7 - 8 am on IPR Classical
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air.

wcfsymphony's "A New Nutcracker:" 8 - 9 am on IPR Classical
Join us as we present the wcfsymphony's performance of a brand new version of the Nutcracker, featuring Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the holiday classic. This perfect holiday diversion for the whole family includes the orchestra and youth musicians performing jazzy holiday favorites.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: 9 - 11 am on IPR Classical
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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.

Christmas at Luther: 11 am - 12 noon on IPR Classical
Christmas at Luther, now in its 35th year, features performances by six choirs under the direction of Ann Howard Jones, Andrew Last, Jennaya Robison, and Jill Wilson; the Luther Ringers, led by college organist Gregory Peterson; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin.

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas: 1 - 2 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air.

Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular:" 3 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Celebrate the holidays with Maestro Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and friends! This fun and festival musical celebration has become one of Cedar Rapids’ favorite holiday traditions.

Candles Burning Brightly: 5 - 6 pm on IPR Classical
Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs: 6 - 7 pm on IPR Classical
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.

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol: 7 - 10 pm on IPR Classical
Doug Brown, Iowa Public Radio’s beloved voice for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25:

Christmas at Luther: 7 - 8 am on IPR Classical
Christmas at Luther, now in its 35th year, features performances by six choirs under the direction of Ann Howard Jones, Andrew Last, Jennaya Robison, and Jill Wilson; the Luther Ringers, led by college organist Gregory Peterson; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin.

A Chanticleer Christmas: 8 - 9 am onIPR Classical
A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries - from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols to Chanticleer's popular Gospel medley of Christmas tunes.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival: 9 - 11 am on IPR Classical
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. 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.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World: 11 am - 12 noon on IPR Classical
We’re celebrating the holidays with a unique performance of music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya – works that have not been performed since his lifetime!

Carols and Cheer: 12 noon - 1 pm on IPR Classical
Scott Blankenship and Matt Culloton team up again in 2016 to review their favorite carols for the holiday season. Utterly “sing-a-long-able”, their top picks will include the best of the Christmas season as performed by the leading artists and ensembles of today.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn: 1 - 2 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year's show again promises to build its reputation as one of the chestnuts of live holiday music.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice: 2 - 4 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays – Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, and Twelfth Night – featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, spirituals, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Messiah: 2 - 4 pm on IPR Classical
Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, will return to the Heinz Hall stage for one night only with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Manfred Honeck. They will be joined by guest vocal soloists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. A religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression, this masterpiece is traditionally associated with the holiday season and celebrated worldwide in performances throughout December.

Welcome Christmas: 4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical

Hollywood Holiday: 5 - 6 pm on IPR Classical

A Conquered Christmas: 7 - 9 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Iowa Public Radio presents "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by Iowa musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love.

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas: 8 - 9 pm on IPR Classical
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017:

New Year's Day From Vienna 2017: 10 am - 12 noon on IPR Classical
The 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 and WGBH, Boston.

A Season's Griot: 4 - 5 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
"A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 21 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

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