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Playlist: Christmas/Chanukah

Compiled By: Raymond Pang

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From Hearing Voices | Part of the Hearing Voices series | 54:00

Christmas at a Bagram Air Base hospital, Afghanistan; a tour of the Holy Land, Hannukah military history; a visit to a toy store; and musical Chrismashups.

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Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices

Mixes and mashes and seasonal samples, and song stories:

 

"Christmas Eve In Afghanistan, Again" (2010 / 3:30) Quil Lawrence

NPR talks to troops in a U.S. military hospital at Bagram Air Base, outside of Kabul. Quil Lawrence interviewed Sergeant Wallace Trahan, Sergeant Aaron Kelly, Sergeant Zachary Scoskie, and Colonel Diane Huey. Mix: Jim Wildman. Music: W.G. Snuffy Walden "The First Noel" Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection.

"Please Be Patient" (2009 / 2:23) Feist

From a "A Colbert Christmas" special from Comedy Central by The Colbert Report.

"Christmas Greeting From Space" (1968 ) Astronaut Frank Borman

From the Apollo 8 capsule, December 24, 1968.

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"Oh come all ye faithful" (1978 / 2:19) Michigan Children's Psychiatric Hospital

The Children of the University of Michigan Children's Psychiatric Hospital perform some season's classic on their album Christmas at C.P.H..

"Silent Night/A Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" (1978 / 5:55) Tom Waits

Live performance on Auston City Limits, December, 1978. Another version:

"Yuletide Zeppelin" (2007 / 5:10) mojochronic

From the Christmashup collection A Very Bootie Christmas 2; originally on Santastic III in 3-D: both have free downloads. Mark Jeffery (mojochronic): MySpace | SoundCloud.

"White Christmas" (2001 / 3:21) Corporal Blossom

From another Christmashup collection: A Mutated Christmas.

"Holy Land Tour" (2009 / 13:27) Jake Warga

A personal tour through the Holy Land, looking at how the conflict started and what it's like today between Jerusalem and Bethlehem… between birth and re-birth.

Holy Land Tour from Jake Warga

"Give the Jew Girl Toys" (2006 / 2:20) Sarah Silverman

Off her CD Jesus Is Magic.

"The T in Xmas" (2001 / 2:55) Barrett Golding

A Hanukkhristmashup tour of Bozeman, Montana: in a toy store, with Salvation Army bell ringers, Hebrew military history, the songs of the Sweet Adelaides, and "Amazing Grace" guitars by Blake Simpson.

"Candlelight" (2010 / 3:17) Maccabeats

Light 'em if you got 'em. It's Hanukkah, and here's why. Based on Mike Tompkins' a cappella version of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". Video by Uri Westrich:

"MetLife Xmas Message" (1923 / 2:48)

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. President Haley Fisk's 1923 Christmas Message to his employees, along with the MetLife Glee Club. MP3s at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else.

Top photo © Jake Warga.

Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas

From All Classical Public Media | 59:00

Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas.

Prx_image_small Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas . Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Chicago Tribune Film Critic, Michael Phillips returns with The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays, a new hour-long edition of The Film Score, this time devoted to music of the holidays and wintertime. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas,” from “Holiday Inn”), Michael introduces film music, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s wintry, folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays.

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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through January 15, 2018.

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The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

In February 2016 Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and WFMT producer Matt DeStefano introduced The Film Score, celebrating great music composed for the movies. Daily segments of The Film Score were tied to the Academy Awards, past and present, and the series generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation.

Phillips returned with The Film Score: Music for Memorial Day, an hour-long special exploring movie music composed for stories of the Civil War (“Glory”), World War I  (“The Big Parade”), World War II (“The Great Escape,” “Patton,” “The Best Years of Our Lives”), the Vietnam war (“Casualties of War”) and the post-9/11 world we inhabit today (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

In February 2017 Phillips returned with a new week-long WMFT series of Academy Award-related Film Score segments, this time focusing on movie musicals ranging from “The Broadway Melody” to “The Wizard of Oz” to “An American in Paris” to “La La Land.”

Phillips returns in December 2017 with The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays, a new hour-long edition of The Film Score, this time devoted to music of the holidays and wintertime.  In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas,” from “Holiday Inn”), Michael introduces film music, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s wintry, folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays.

Michael Phillips is the host of The Film Score, first heard on WFMT-FM (98.7) in 2016. He is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and a regular guest on “Filmspotting,” at Filmspotting.net and heard weekly on Chicago Public Radio (91.5 FM). Michael co-hosted 100 episodes of the nationally syndicated TV show “At the Movies,” opposite Richard Roeper and, later, A.O. Scott. More recently he has introduced and hosted dozens of films for Turner Classic Movies. He has also appeared on “Charlie Rose,” “CBS Saturday Morning,” and many other national programs. Prior to the Tribune he has served as a critic and an arts journalist for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the Dallas Times-Herald; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages. He loves the Bill Evans piano rendition of David Raksin’s theme from “The Bad and the Beautiful” almost as much as he loves his wife, Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, and their three children.

Soul Christmas!

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 55:39

SOUL CHRISTMAS!

Here are some of the greatest Soul and R&B holiday winter classics ever recorded. Today on this show you will hear Christmas tunes from JAMES BROWN, OTIS REDDING, THE OJAY’S, DONNIE HATTHAWAY,THE JACKSON FIVE, STEVIE WONDER, BOOKER T & THE MG’S, plus others. Have a very merry SOUL CHRISTMAS today on Soul Roots.

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Christmas would not be Christmas without The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, Otis Redding, The Jackson Five, The Ronettes, James Brown, Issac Hayes and others. Deck the halls! It’s Christmas Time and it’s time for Soul and a happy good time.

Seasons Greetings let’s have a very Soul Christmas


A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

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. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from November 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.

 A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

 Joi 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. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.

 Chicago a cappella

An ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993 by Jonathan Miller, Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings as well as live and broadcast-media musical content, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.

 With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its Chicago-based series. On tour, the group has appeared in 13 American states and in Mexico.  The ensemble has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through broadcasts distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally-syndicated Performance Today.   The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works.

From its inception, Chicago a cappella has been a champion of living composers. Since 1993 the group has presented more than 100 works in their world, national, or local premiere. Chicago a cappella has commissioned new music from composers including Joseph Jennings, Chen Yi, Stacy Garrop, Rollo Dilworth, Tania León, and Ezequiel Viñao.

Chicago a cappella is also active in educational and community engagement.  The ensemble produces an annual Youth Choral Festival for young singers from the Chicago area, and leads an innovative High School Internship program, a multi-faceted immersion for selected students in the worlds of performance and arts administration.

Jonathan Miller, Host and Chicago a cappella Founder and Artistic Director

Known for innovative programming of choral concerts, Jonathan Miller has guided Chicago a cappella through more than 300 performances and nine commercial CD releases since he founded the ensemble in 1993. He is the recipient of the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. When Jonathan was a teenage bass in the Chicago Children’s Choir, he was bitten hard by the choral bug. He was fortunate to be exposed to a wide range of repertoire by a remarkable group of mentors, including Christopher Moore, Lena McLin, Max Janowski, Howard Mayer Brown, Richard Proulx, John Nygro, and Anne Heider. Eager to learn research tools for choral music, Jonathan earned his doctorate in historical musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. After returning to the Chicago area, Jonathan led the choir at Unity Temple in Oak Park for nine years and began composing new music for that ensemble. Jonathan has taken a leadership role in Jewish choral music, composing, arranging, narrating programs on stage and on radio, and leading workshops at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and elsewhere. A champion and publisher of the music of the late Max Janowski, Jonathan conducted the culminating concert of the Janowski Centenary at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation; he also was the recipient of the 2013 Perelmuter Award at KAMII and was Scholar in Residence at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park, Illinois, in November 2014. Jonathan is honored to serve as high-holiday cantor for Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park. He has written more than 75 choral works in a variety of genres and languages; his music has been sung at venues including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon; his mashup Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus is a minor hit; and his series of Wacky Christmas Carols continues to mix words and tunes in new combinations. He also serves as Director of Choral Catalog at Musicnotes.com. Jonathan is married, has an adult daughter and two step-grandsons, and dotes on his English Cocker Spaniels, Higgins and Moseley.