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Holiday Specials 2016

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December 3, 2016 4:00 PM on the Music Station

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The Nutcracker Connection

The inside story behind this perennial holiday classic.

December 10, 2016 4:00 PM on the Music Station

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The Carol Connection 1

Classical works like Mendelssohn’s that have inspired Christmas songs--and traditional Christmas songs that have found their way into classical works.

December 17, 2016 3:00 PM on the Music Station

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Advent Voices

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.

December 17, 2016 4:00 PM on the Music Station

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The Christmas Connection

Holiday-themed works by Corelli, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Grainger, and Bartok.

December 19, 2016 6:00 PM on the Music Station

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Welcome Christmas

A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. This year, we'll hear the world premiere of a new work by Alan Bullard.

December 20, 2016 6:00 PM on the Music Station

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A Chanticleer Christmas

This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites.

December 21, 2016 6:00 PM on the Music Station

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Light & Gold: Music of Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer today, and his works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In this one-hour programs, he introduces the music and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

December 21, 2016 7:00 PM on the Music Station

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Jazz Piano Christmas XXXII

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special family affair at this year's holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

December 23, 2016 5:00 PM on the Music Station

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St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity.

December 25, 2016 1:00 PM on the Music Station

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Carols And Cheer

Scott Blankenship and Matt Culloton team up again in 2016 to review their favorite carols for the holiday season.

January 1, 2017 8:00 AM on the Music Station

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New Year’s Day From Vienna

The Vienna 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.