Holiday Programming

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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.

King's College, Cambridge

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, England.  The King's College Choir sings and lessons are read by the community.

Listen Sunday December 24 at 10 a.m.

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

A Broadway Holiday

Dec 18, 2017
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Join host James Stewart as we sample some of the greatest holiday music that Broadway has to offer. Hear classic tunes sung by some of the most iconic voices of all time (Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland) and discover some new favorites as well.

Listen Saturday December 23 at 6 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Get a sneak peak at the playlist here

A Broadway Holiday

Ground cinnamon in a spoon and cinnamon sticks on a table.
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Ever wonder where the spices you're using in holiday cooking or baking originated? Before they found their way to your kitchen cabinet? Well, we're going on a bit of a global adventure to find the answers.

Jennifer Girard / Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

Broadcast Saturday, December 16th at 12 p.m.

'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.

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

Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!

Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!

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Live From The Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

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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 of APM

In the United States, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial beginning of summer, but its significance to this country runs far deeper. "Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day" seeks to recognize and memorialize, through music and poetry, those who have protected our country – often at great sacrifice – from before its founding to the present.

Broadcast Monday, May 29th at 6 p.m.

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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
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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.

In spite of the freezing cold, which the wood stove fire could not entirely abate, I enjoyed so much making wreaths and centerpieces with my gardener friends Linda and Edwin. For a few hours in their cabin in the woods we had a Santa-like workshop going on to fit the season.

I love holiday cards. As soon as I get one, up it goes in our kitchen, and there it will stay for months. Sometimes I don’t even make it past the mailbox before I’ve opened the latest arrival to savor the good wishes and see the smiling faces of our friends and family.