Southeast Public Radio to Broadcast Variety of Holiday Specials in December

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In the spirit of the season, Southeast Public Radio will feature several unique programs throughout the month of December.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Dec. 1, 2006 — In the spirit of the season, Southeast Public Radio will feature several unique programs throughout the month of December.

These feature programs will be mixed with the station’s regular selection of holiday music on its locally produced programs, “Caffè Concerto,” “Afternoon Classics,” “Night Music,” “Broadway Melodies,” “Themes Familiar,” “Your Folk Connection,” “You Must Remember This” and “A Musical Meander.”

The special programming begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 with “Glad Tidings 2006,” a blend of stories, verse and choral performances into an engaging, traditional celebration of Christmas.

Special programming continues through Dec. 30. Some of the programs being offered this year include:

The Pleasures of Winter 2006“: A live performance music special hosted by folk duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and recorded at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The music ranges from a unique choice of lively seasonal offerings to deeply moving pieces that reflect the more thoughtful and reflective side of winter and the holiday season. (Airs at 9 a.m. Dec. 10)

A Classical Kids Christmas“: Classical carols and classic poetry combine to tell the story of Christmas, just like the pageants of days gone by. The program features more than 30 traditional carols and holiday songs. (Airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15)

A Musical Meander“: Join Southeast Public Radio’s Alan Journet as he presents his annual solstice program, featuring seasonal musical selections and readings from James Finn Garner’s collections of politically correct children’s stories. (Airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 21)

Jazz @ Lincoln Center Red Hot Holiday Stomp“: Red Hot Holiday Stomp spices up seasonal classics with the clarion trumpet call of New Orleans.  Wynton Marsalis and friends, including Wycliffe Gordon, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Roberta Gumbel romp through tasty arrangements of “Carol of the Bells,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Blue Christmas.”  Ellis Marsalis joins Dan Nimmer at the piano to put four hands to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” (Airs at 9 p.m. Dec. 22)

A Christmas Carol“: Local, state and national award-winning actor Arthur Wilhite comes home to Southeast Public Radio with a new version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” from Wilhite’s own adaptation for radio. (Airs at 2 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10 p.m. Dec. 24)

Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers“: One-hour performance by the much-loved Philadelphia Singers of traditional and contemporary holiday music. (Airs at 1 p.m. Dec. 25)

Season’s Griot“:  Good stories bring people together, and host Madafo Lloyd Wilson has great stories to share.  “A Season’s Griot 2006” focuses on the many wonderful ways a story can be told. Wilson highlights the work of the Kings and Queens of Storytelling, a collective whose members artfully demonstrate their storytelling craft. (Airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 27)

Carols for Dancing“: Explore the intimate connection between song and dance in this rich heritage of holiday music. Built around vigorous performances by Renaissonics ᾰ an award-winning improvisatory Renaissance dance band that produced new arrangements for this special (Airs at 2 p.m. Dec. 30)

To download a PDF document containing a complete listing of all of Southeast Public Radio’s holiday shows click here. (Requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.)

Southeast Public Radio is a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and broadcasts on 90.9 FM, KRCU, in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM, KSEF, in Farmington.