This season's premiere broadcast of Joy to the World featuring vocalist Mollie O’Brien can be heard on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m.
Joy to the World is our live performance holiday jazz program hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. From the producers of Mountain Stage and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, this 22-year tradition is performed before a consistently sold-out audience in Charleston, West Virginia’s Culture Center Theater, as well as additional at live road shows around the Mountain State. This year's Joy to the World premiere episode features special guest vocalist Mollie O’Brien, whose voice is a true gift itself. Listeners will enjoy her swinging version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and a wonderfully cheerful arrangement of "Cool Yule." Thompson and his band share instrumental takes on holiday favorites like "Up on the Housetop," "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," and "My Favorite Things." The ensemble's rendition of "Bells Will Be Ringing," which closes the show, is certain to leave audiences filled with joy.
Throughout the day December 25 our listeners will be treated to classic episodes of Joy to the World airing from 12-6 a.m., 9-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Special guest vocalists will bring old classics and new renditions to life in our Christmas Day Marathon.