Holiday Programming

Seasonal

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VPR and VPR Classical occasionally air special programs on holidays throughout the year.

Check out the full holiday schedule.

From Willem Lange's Favor Johnson to Paul Winter's Solstice concert to The Capitol Steps' Politics Takes A Holiday, we hope you'll make VPR part of your holiday celebrations. 

Explore VPR's Holiday Classics

Celebrate holiday traditions with our perennial favorite's recorded right here at VPR.

A Gift From VPR Music: The Soundtrack To The Season

Whatever your celebrations, VPR Music has you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright.

Messiah Watch Is Back!

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area.

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Riccardo Muti conducts the annual New Year's Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, featuring music of the Strauss family.

Listen Monday January 1 at 11 a.m.

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After 42 years of marriage, Alice's husband, Ray, passed away. Surrounded by loneliness, she heads out into the snow to plow a neighboring farmer's drive and discovers that Rona Hickey is also alone with small children to care for.

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"Favor Johnson" is the story of a hound named Hercules, a flatlander doctor, homemade fruitcake and the real spirit of Christmas. It's a VPR family tradition every Christmas Eve.

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Willem Lange's "Christmas on the Party Line" is the heart warming story of an isolated old couple who were saved from an impossible winter by a group of their neighbors, who stayed involved from then on.

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A holiday favorite, this highly anthologized short story is read by the late author Grace Paley.

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A perennial favorite for VPR listeners, VPR commentator William Lange's reading of this classic tale comes to life.

'Tis The Season: 2017 VPR Holiday Programming

Dec 6, 2017
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.

Bill Hurd, Capitol Steps Press Secretary

Happy Independence Day! Vermont Edition has the holiday off and returns at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5. In the meantime, you can relax with special holiday programs on  VPR and VPR Classical.

Courtesy, American Public Media

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, The Washington Post asked people to submit objects that made up their own lived experiences of black history. These objects were then used to curate a "people's museum" of personal artifacts, family photos and more.

2016 Holiday Programs On VPR And VPR Classical

Dec 22, 2016
Amanda Shepard

This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

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This Thanksgiving holiday, join VPR and VPR Classical for entertaining and insightful programming and beautiful classical music as you spend time with family and friends.

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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Special Holiday Programs In December

Dec 22, 2014
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Click here for a printable version of our holiday program schedule.

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. on VPR: Hanukkah Lights

Curtis Johnson

Cantus, one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, talks with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year's special presentation will focus on gratitude for nourishment and all that surrounds us.

Broadcast Thursday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m.

Playlist:

Food, Glorious Food — Lionel Bart

For the Beauty of the Earth — Folliott Sandford Pierpoint arr. Rudoi

Sakura — Trad., arr. Ko Matsushita

Trinklied — Mendelssohn

How Can I Keep from Singing? — Lowry, arr. Stephen Caracciolo

Peace I Leave With You — Hollaway

Bill Hurd, Capitol Steps Press Secretary

Happy Independence Day! Vermont Edition has the day off and returns Monday: today at noon listen to Reveal  and at 7 p.m. enjoy the Capitol Steps' hour-long special, Politics Takes a Holiday.

Reveal, from PRX, is "for anyone who is interested in stories that break news and change our understanding of how the world works. Reveal examines what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view".

Help roast 2013 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-in-review awards ceremony. It's all in our hour-long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as:

Courtesy of MIchael Feinstein

As part of VPR's special holiday programing, we're featuring a selection of Song Travels programs.  The series is hosted by the "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein.

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Music for the High Holidays is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah (which begins at sundown on Sunday the 16th) and Yom Kippur.  It includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish services--including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman -- as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.

Written and hosted by Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions. 

Chanticleer performs

Plainchant: Rorate caeli

Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium

Guerrero: Pastores loquebantur

Anon. 14th-century English: Mater Christi nobilis

Anon. 16th-century Basque: E la don don

Anon. 16th-century Basque: Riu, riu, chiu

Trad. Polish, adapted Steven Stucky: Lulajze, Jezuniu

Jaakko Mantyjarvi: Die Stimme des Kindes

Trad. American, arr. Mark Keller: I Wonder as I Wonder

A Season's Griot

Oct 30, 2012
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A Season’s Griot celebrates Kwanzaa with traditional African American songs and stories told to, for and about children. This year, host Madafo Lloyd Wilson explores the theme of peace through original works of poetry, music and prose.