December 20: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents “Sing Choir of Angels”, with Michael York. New for 2012, this program features the famous stage, screen and television actor Michael York narrating “Sing, Choir of Angels.”
December 21: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents “A Decade of Christmas”, with performances by David Archuleta, Natalie Cole, Renee Fleming and others.
The Mormon Tabernacle Chroir presents "The Bells of Christmas: New for 2012, this holiday special includes such favorites as "How far is it to Bethlehem," "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "O Tannenbaum" and "Ring Christmas Bells."
Christmas Eve Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov
Music of the Baroque Christmas Special
A Chanticleer Christmas: A 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.
Fiesta Holiday Special: This program features traditional Christmas carols and other seasonal favorites from the Latino speaking world.
Leroy Anderson Christmas: This popular Christmas special is hosted by Leonard Slatkin and the composer’s son Kurt Anderson. The Leroy Anderson Christmas Special features recorded performances of American composer Leroy Anderson’s original Christmas Music and unique arrangements of popular Christmas favorites. Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the BBC Concert Orchestra along with archived recordings of Leroy Anderson conducting the Pops Concert Orchestra.
One Silent Night: Featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Walter Cronkite. The legendary CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite, recalls the miraculous and true story of the famous Christmas truce that took place spontaneously along the frontline trenches during the First World War.
Performance Today Christmas Program
St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity. This program features more than 500 St. Olaf College student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday traditions.
Echoes of Christmas: Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, The Dale Warland Singers and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
Peter Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet Suite: This critically-acclaimed recording features the celebrated Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg Russia, led by Valery Gergiev.
A Christmas Carol: This classic one-hour radio drama first aired on Christmas Eve 1939 on The Campbell Playhouse over the CBS Radio Network. This original and unedited program, produced and narrated by the legendary Orson Welles, stars one of early twentieth-century America’s most talented actors of stage, screen and radio, Mr. Lionel Barrymore as the stingy and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. KVNO will present this historic broadcast complete with the period commercial announcements that lend further authenticity to this seminal work of American radio history. Be sure to gather around the radio this Christmas Eve for this compelling and riveting radio adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' most popular works from the KVNO History Vault. Sure to please both young and old alike, this broadcast will, for some listeners, bring back fond memories of Christmas past and for others provide an entirely new experience of the power of their own imagination.
Christmas Day ~
Going Beyond Words with Stan Schmidt Christmas Special
Christmas at the Cathedral: Tune in for an exclusive broadcast of the Seventeenth Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concert recorded earlier this month at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha. This concert features the beautiful voices of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus along with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra and a special guest appearance by the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir. This Omaha Christmas tradition airs exclusively on KVNO.
Welcome Christmas: This new Christmas special features 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.
Performance Today Christmas Program
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: This is a delayed rebroadcast of this year’s 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.
A Millennium of Music Christmas Special