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Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts on 43 stations that serve Minnesota and its neighboring communities and 42 translators providing additional local coverage.


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Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio for these holiday specials which feature Minnesota touches, including the Minnesota Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance of Berlioz's Childhood of Christ, and the Hanukkah special Candles Burning Brightly with Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts Bill Morelock and Mindy Ratner.

See below for a full list of our 2012 holiday programming, and be sure to enjoy our online stream of holiday classics, launching November 26.

Seasonal specials are presented on Classical Minnesota Public Radio stations and stream unless noted otherwise.

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
A Thanksgiving celebration with John Birge.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving with Cantus
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
A Thanksgiving celebration with John Birge.

Christmas: St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. More than 500 talented students perform hymns, carols and choral works. Welcome, Christmas!: This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest.

Christmas: Slavic Wonders with Rose Ensemble
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

The Rose Ensemble is back again for 2012 with a free one-hour special for the holidays. Slavic Wonders is a stunning celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they're known for. Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony. You'll hear everything from soaring sopranos lines, to the signature slavic sound of rumbling basses. Hosted by Tom Crann.

Christmas: Echoes of Christmas
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America's premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert -- beloved by public radio listeners nationwide -- was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
Christmas: Advent Vespers

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Choral music for Advent with Lynne Warfel.
Christmas: Concordia College Today, Heaven Sings

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas: Roll Credits Hollywood Holiday
Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions. Some are surrounded by festive foods, others involve preparing and decorating for family, friends and homecomings. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past. Lynne Warfel shares music that made great films from "A Christmas Carol" to "Polar Express" come alive with the warmth and sparkle of the season.
Christmas: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Music for the Season

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Christmas: A Chanticleer Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour 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.
Christmas: Welcome Christmas!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media. New for 2012: Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

Hanukkah: Candles Burning Brightly

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday.

Christmas: Cantus at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

With MPRs Brian Newhouse
Christmas: Christmas with Luther College

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas: Minnesota Choral Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas: A Chanticleer Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour 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.

Christmas: Slavic Wonders with Rose Ensemble

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble is back again for 2012 with a free one-hour special for the holidays. Slavic Wonders is a stunning celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they're known for. Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony. You'll hear everything from soaring sopranos lines, to the signature slavic sound of rumbling basses. Hosted by Tom Crann.

Christmas: St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. More than 500 talented students perform hymns, carols and choral works. Welcome, Christmas!: This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest.

Christmas: Taste of the Holidays, Vol III

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Steve Staruch.

Christmas: Christmas with Luther College

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Christmas: Advent Vespers

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Choral music for Advent with Lynne Warfel.

Christmas: Concordia College Today, Heaven Sings

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Christmas: Handel's Messiah

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

By the Minnesota Orchestra with MPRs Brian Newhouse.

Christmas: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

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: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

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: Welcome Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media. New for 2012: Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

Christmas: Echoes of Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America's premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert -- beloved by public radio listeners nationwide -- was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

New Year's Day from Vienna
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
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