Holiday music

It’s that time of year again when Trey’s Twitter and Facebook feed flare up with posts about a “War on Christmas.” Every year there’s hubbub over how saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is TOO politically correct, or that a nativity scene doesn't belong on government property. Christmas traditionalists feel there’s an attack on this sacred holiday. While secularists seem bothered that this religious holiday has a privileged place in a country known for its separation of church and state.

Kayln Cole/ for West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Join us Thursday, December 21 at 8p.m. for the premiere of Bob Thompson's "Joy to the World" featuring special guest vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The program can be seen on television and heard on the radio networks of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

You'll hear jazz renditions of some holiday favorites and have your spirits lifted by the big band sound when the horn section takes the stage.

Sandra Groce

Chestnuts are roasting, Jack Frost is nipping and Mountain Stage is jingling with a holly jolly holiday special! Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best performances from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night.

Scott Simons

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

Rob Campesinos / Los Campesinos

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with holiday music hitmakers. First up: Gareth David, otherwise known as the frontman and glockenspiel player for seminal British indie rock band Los Campesinos! The band just released A Los Campesinos!

Ring in 2014 with Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic

Dec 31, 2013
Todd Rosenberg

Watch The New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. on WV PBS

Live From Lincoln Center will ring in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s Opening Gala concert from Avery Fisher Hall featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma.

Lasse Berre

Watch Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir on Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, is the magnificent setting for an all-new Christmas special with the renowned St. Olaf Choir.

Joy to the World 2004 with Bob Thompson
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Enjoy this version of Angels We Have Heard On High, performed by Bob Thompson and the Bob Thompson Unit. It was recorded live during our annual Joy to the World holiday concert.

Michael Daniel for Minnesota Opera

Watch Silent Night on Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. on WV PBS.2

Christmas choirs abound

Dec 20, 2013
Twin Cities Public Television

In the final week before Christmas, choirs from all over the world share their music.

Download a printable file of the full month's schedule of programs.

Tonic Sol-fa Tenor Branches Out in New Holiday Special

Dec 18, 2013
American Public Television

Watch Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience - The Spirit of the Season Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS.2

Crooner Shaun Johnson — a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa — goes solo in a spirited new holiday special on West Virginia PBS.2

The Emmy®-winning tenor channels Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett in an era-spanning, up-tempo production that includes beloved seasonal staples, pop hits, fan favorites, an original composition, and even a few unexpected numbers.

Listen to Joy to the World 2011 on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Recorded in 2010, this evening's Joy to the World radio program features special guest vocalist Kim Nalley; Named one of the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area,” Nalley has an international reputation as one of the world’s best jazz & blues vocalists.

Randee St. Nicholas

Watch Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. on WV PBS

It’s going to be a Chris Mann Christmas. The modern crooner and finalist of The Voice is getting ready to deliver a very special new program just in time for the holidays.

'Glee' Star Serenades Viewers with Variety of Songs

Dec 10, 2013
Brian Bowen-Smith

Watch Matthew Morrison: A Classic Christmas Live From The Bushnell Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on WV PBS

In this live concert recorded at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn., Emmy®, Tony® and Golden Globe®-nominated star Matthew Morrison serenades viewers with a set of classic Christmas songs and a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals.

Watch The Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments and Memories on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. on WV PBS

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Celtic Woman present their new chapter of musical enchantment, Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas. Pictured (l-r): Susan McFadden, Méav Ni Mhaolchatha, Lisa Lambe
Kip Carroll

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Watch this brand new holiday special on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. on WV PBS  

Kip Carroll

This week’s Christmas programs feature Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder and a new Lawrence Welk memories show.

Download a printable file of the full month's schedule of programs.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 on WV PBS

Special New Year's Programming for Radio Fans

Nov 30, 2013

Mark your calendars for these special programs  from West Virginia Public Radio. We'll help you celebrate the year than was and  ring in the new one.

Let us know what you think about these shows! Go to our Facebook page, tweet us or e-mail feedback@wvpublic.org.

New Year's Eve

9 a.m. -- Inside Appalachia Year in Review

10 a.m. -- Former Governors Caperton and Wise on the Future of Education