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Playlist: WFIU's Favorite Holiday Specials

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WFIU has brought together some of our favorite holiday specials we've produced over the years.

Thanksgiving Special - "Earth Eats Thanksgiving"

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Specials series | 58:57

A one-hour program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal, with some very foody musical interludes. Try something new this Thanksgiving!!!

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Earth Eats Thanksgiving is a 59-minute show about real food and green living, a program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal with turkey, other courses, and some vegetarian options. Host Annie Corrigan and renowned chef Daniel Orr indulge in some fine cooking, and some very foody musical interludes with very special friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniel Orr is a celebrated chef and culinary author who has worked at some of the top restaurants in France before running New York's famed La Grenouille.  Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Chef Orr recently returned to his roots and is now the chef/owner of FARMbloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.

Earth Eats is a weekly radio program and podcast from the studios of WFIU Public Media, delivering the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.  More information at http://eartheats.org.

Harmonia Holiday Special: Noel, Noel!

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:00

An hourlong program of early music exploring the word "Noel" through music from the middle ages to the early baroque. Celebrate the season with this special, eclectic music!

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A Christian expression of joy, the word "noel" has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years. Harmonia looks at its many guises in music from the Middle Ages to the early baroque.

Harmonia Thanksgiving Special: "Cornucopia"

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:57

A one-hour program of early music exploring that ancient symbol for the harvest, fertility, and giving thanks -- The Cornucopia. This is a sound-rich special for Thanksgiving time and the autumnal season!

000p134-ornament-cornucopia-q100-413x500_small Harmonia looks at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol for the harvest, fertility, and giving thanks.  Music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America will be explored, in addition to a new release of works for horn and strings entitled "Cornucopia II." Hosted by Angela Mariani.

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long program of holiday music from Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American Popular Song...

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We're celebrating Christmas, bearing musical gifts from Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American Popular Song.  Plus, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Julie London, Al Cobine join in the musical celebration, as well.

A Cool Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:02

An hour-long program of classic jazz. Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more...

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Santas_sleigh_lights_small It's "A Cool Christmas" as we usher in the holiday with a jazz tribute.  Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more.  Also featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Higgins, and Duke Pearson.

What Are You Doing This New Year's Eve?

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 58:59

An hour-long festive and varied music mix good for the days or evenings leading up to New Year’s Day, and for New Year’s Day itself, with some songs that directly refer to the holiday and others that fit into its spirit. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Helen Merrill are some of the featured performers. Songs include some familiar staples and some lesser-known New Year’s holiday recordings, as well as a set commemorating songwriter and New Year’s Eve baby Jule Styne (born Dec. 31, 1905). A diverse, laid-back and mood-nuanced popular-song celebration of the New Year holiday.

New_year_s_eve_small The New Year holiday is upon us, with all of its festivity, its resolutions, and its high-and sometimes low-spirits.  We'll be celebrating and reflecting with music from Dean Martin, June Christy, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and a host of other artists, all as part of Afterglow's standard mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song.  We'll feature a birthday  salute to New Year's Eve baby songwriter Jule Styne  (born Dec. 31, 1905) with a set of New Year's-appropriate Styne songs such as "Time After Time," "Three Coins in the Fountain," and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (we'll also talk about how the last song came to be written).  Other songs include some lesser-known and interesting tunes such as Bing Crosby's "Let's Start the New Year Right" (written by Irving Berlin for the film HOLIDAY INN, it was the B-side to "White Christmas!") and Nat King Cole's melancholic performance of Gordon Jenkins' "Happy New Year."  The program concludes with a rousing, vintage big-band-era recording of Vaughn Monroe doing "Auld Lang Syne." 

An Early Music Christmas

From WFIU | 57:59

An hour-long program of seasonal music from the distant past and through the ages -- both sublime and earthly, across time and place, across beliefs and traditions.

Early-music-christmas-image_small An hour-long program of seasonal music from the distant past and through the ages, both sublime and earthly, across time and place, and across beliefs and traditions. Featuring a rich selection of well-known holiday vocal music, including selections from Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and a variety of traditional hymns, carols and song.  A festive addition to your Christmas programming schedule!!!

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 58:58

An hour-long, traditional jazz-and-popular song tribute to Christmas featuring Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall and many more. Perfect for the weeks and days leading up to Dec. 25.

Beginning_to_look_small And who better to say it--or sing it--than Bing Crosby?  "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" features classic Christmas recordings from Crosby, Nat King Cole, Vince Guaraldi, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as music from Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles and more-including a vintage radio broadcast of Les Brown's "Swingin' the Nutcracker Suite."  A traditional jazz-and-popular song tribute to Christmas, perfect for the weeks and days leading up to Dec. 25. 

Hep to the Holidays

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long program of "cool-Yule" classic jazz, featuring holiday jazz from Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Horace Silver and more, including poet Sascha Feinstein’s reading of his “Christmas Eve” jazz poem.

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Hep_small Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz, including Shorty Rogers' take on "The Nutcracker," pianist Bill Evans having some vocal fun with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (as well as the backstory on how the song came to be written), guitarist Emily Remler offering up a luminous version of "Snowfall," and poet Sascha Feinstein reading his poem about the legendary Miles Davis-Thelonious Monk Christmas Eve 1954 recording session.  Lighthearted and poignant, perfect for December. 

A Latin American Christmas

From WFIU | 58:55

One-hour special of warm and sunny holiday music from many latin-american locales. A festive program for the holiday season!!!

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Halloween Special: Unearthing Dracula

From WFIU | 59:00

A must-have Halloween Special!!!! An entertaining hour-long exploration of the eerie yet elusive character of Dracula in films, literature, music and art.

Vlad_tepes_small Dracula has captured our collective imagination for generations, from Vlad the Impaler to Bela Lugosi to Bram Stoker. But who is the real Dracula? In this hour-long special, we look at the films, literature, music and art that all attempt to construct the image of this eerie yet elusive character.

Thanksgiving Special: Harvest Season

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating the harvest season. Perfect for Thanksgiving!!!

725-harvest_season_guords_small Harmonia rings in the harvest season with a cornucopia of early music delights!  We'll hear merchant cries from long-ago London, witness the marriage of music and ritual, and dine at Johann Hermann Schein's musical Banquet.  For dessert: our featured release Amor Vincit Omnia or "Love Conquers All."

Christmas for Moderns

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long program of jazz and American popular song, ushering in the holidays with a mix of music recorded in the last two decades...

An-old-ornament_small Usher in the holidays with music recorded in the past two decade from Carla Bley, Jerry Allen, Dianne Reeves, Brad Melldau, Harry Connick, Jr. and more.

A Very "Earth Eats" Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Specials series | 58:57

This hour-long program of cooking and conversation and music presents a festive Christmas meal of roast duck, parsnip soup and more. We'll share stories, have some laughs and taste a lot of food.

Table_setting_small Celebrate local and seasonal eating with A Very Earth Eats Christmas. "The tradition of using the seasonal ingredients is what brings these things out during the holidays," says Chef Daniel Orr, the mastermind behind our holiday feast today.

During this hour-long program, we prepare roast duck, parsnip soup, a goat cheese cheese ball and foraged mushrooms. He'll have some help preparing the food from three old friends. We'll share stories, have some laughs and taste a lot of food.

The day wouldn't be complete without some holiday music by southern Indiana-based singer-songwriter Krista Detor. So, pour yourself some eggnog, cozy up with a warm sweater and join us as we celebrate A Very Earth Eats Christmas. Annie Corrigan is your host.

Early Music for the Holidays

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:59

An hour-long program of early music from recordings - new and old - to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season. We'll hear music by Bach, Schütz and Biber, plus chant from Norway's Nidaros Cathedral and a featured recording of medieval English carols.

748-the_mystical_nativity_small We've handpicked a variety of early music recordings - new and old - to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season.  We'll hear music by Bach, Schütz and Biber, plus chant from Norway's Nidaros Cathedral and a featured recording of medieval English carols.

Christmas Carols, Chant and Legend

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:57

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating Christmas from a variety of traditions, including the original tunes of two well-known carols, medieval music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and Byzantine chant sung during the Christmas season. Plus, a gift of Celtic holiday music from baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire.

750_st_nick_legend_cropped_small We're celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions. We'll explore the original tunes of two well-known carols, hear medieval music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and sample Byzantine chant sung during the Christmas season. Plus, baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire offers a gift of Celtic holiday music in our featured release.

Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 58:59

An hour-long program of classic jazz, paying tribute to the holidays with an emphasis on the quiet, reflective side of Christmas melodies.

Quiet_christmas_small Take a break from the frazzled and frantic vibe of the holidays with "Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas."  This episode of Night Lights emphasizes the more laidback side of holiday music; even "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" gets a cool-jazz treatment from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, while Joe Pass delivers a reflective guitar version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Paul Desmond joins the Modern Jazz Quartet for a poignant reading of "Greensleeves." 

There are some little-heard and unconventional seasonal tracks such as Judy Holliday's "It Must Be Christmas" and hardbop pianist Horace Silver's "Peace," and tasteful nods to standard holiday-jazz fare such as Vince Guaraldi's "What Child Is This" and two of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's arrangements from The Nutcracker Suite.   Perfect for paying homage to the holidays in the mellowest of moods.

Santa's Playlist (Early Music)

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 58:58

An hour-long holiday-themed program of early music!

773-santas_playlist_cropped_small When Santa and his reindeer make the rounds this Christmas, what tunes do you suppose the big guy will have playing over his sleigh’s stereo system? We’re taking our best guess on this edition of Harmonia . Tune in for a playlist of holiday samplings from an array of early music recordings – new and old.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music: Specials series | 59:00

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating the holiday season with festive music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia performed by the musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Join us for A Baroque Christmas in the New World.

792-baroque_christmas_in_the_new_world_cropped_small We’re celebrating the holidays with a unique performance of music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya – works that have not been performed since his lifetime!

Join us as musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University bring these sparkling works to life once again.

We’ll also hear villancicos, motets and so much more—all marking some part of the story of Christmas.

Music in this program is from a live performance at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music, October, 2014 by members and faculty of Historical Performance Institute / Dana Marsh, Dir.

Pieces are not available on a commercial recording.