KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin's Home for the Holidays is presented by Mozart's Coffee Roasters with additional support by Dr. Simone Scumpia of Austin Thyroid and Endocrinology, Estes Audiology, Malvern Books, Terry McDaniel & Company  Investment Counsel, and KMFA Board Member Paul Leche. 


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Wednesday, December 9

12:00 p.m. | Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (complete)

Thursday, December 10

6:00 p.m. | Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party

Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday—some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party!

Support for this program comes from Terry McDaniel & Company Investment Counsel

Monday, December 14

6:00 p.m. | Welcome Christmas!

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. John Birge hosts this hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

Tuesday, December 15

6:00 p.m. | All Is Bright

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Support for this program comes from Dr. Simone Scumpia of Austin Thyroid and Endocrinology.

Wednesday, December 16

6:00 p.m. | Winter Holidays Around the World with Bill McGlaughlin

Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Bill’s spirited selection starts in the 12th century with Nova Stella, medieval Italian Christmas music from Saint Francis of Assisi’s staging of the nativity; jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s classical composition La Fiesta de la Posada, evoking a Mexican Christmas celebration; and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We will enjoy this time of year in Paris with music from Debussy, and then travel to Polynesia for a traditional hymn, Anau Oia Ea. And then ending with an excerpt from Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

Thursday, December 17

6:00 p.m. | Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics

The Danish and Norwegian word Hygge (pronounced HUE-guh) describes a mood of coziness, warmth, and well-being. Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany you as you enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

Support for this program comes from KMFA Board Member Paul Leche.

Friday, December 18

6:00 p.m. | A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a capella

On the last day of Chanukah 2020, 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.

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

9:00 p.m. | Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell & Friends

Violinist Joshua Bell performs seasonal music from his CD, “Musical Gifts” with special guests including Michael Feinstein, pianist/singer Frankie Moreno, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. 

Support for this program comes from Terry McDaniel & Company Investment Counsel

Saturday, December 19

10:00 a.m. | Wind & Rhythm - Favorite Carols

12:00 p.m. | The Metropolitan Opera: Hänsel und Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck’s timeless opera is a favorite for the holidays. Although live performances for the 2020-21 season at The Met have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we’re pleased to welcome this archive broadcast, featuring conductor Donald Runnicles leading the Met orchestra and chorus, with a cast including Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, Tara Erraught as Hänsel, Dolora Zajick in the role of Gertrude, Gerhard Siegel as The Witch, and Quinn Kelsey as Peter. Sung in English.

5:00 p.m. | Concierto Holiday (2019)

7:00 p.m. | New York Philharmonic: Winter Jukebox

Travel down a wintry memory lane with the New York Philharmonic as they celebrate the holidays, in performances led through the years by Skitch Henderson, Lorin Maazel, Andrew Davis, Aland Gilbert – even Danny Kaye!

9:00 p.m. | Feminine Fusion

This holiday edition of Feminine Fusion, hosted by Diane Jones, features the theme “Songs of Faith and Celebration.”

Sunday, December 20

10:00 a.m. | Early Music Now - Holiday Edition

11:00 a.m. | Classical Austin Christmas

12:00 p.m. | Classical Guitar Alive - Holiday Edition

1:00 p.m. | Handel's Messiah with ensemble viii (Listen Local with Sara Schneider)

5:00 p.m. | Pianoforte Christmas

9:00 p.m. | Pipeworks Holiday Edition

Monday, December 21

6:00 p.m. | A Chanticleer Christmas

Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites.

7:00 p.m. | The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2020

An all-new, two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country. Produced by Houston Public Media and hosted by Catherine Lu.

Support for this program comes from Dr. Simone Scumpia of Austin Thyroid and Endocrinology.

9:00 p.m. | The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

Recorded in the Greene Space at New York City’s WQXR, the ensemble plays favorites from their Christmas repertoire.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

Tuesday, December 22

6:00 p.m. | Apollo's Fire presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

The latest holiday program from GRAMMY®-award winners Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire is a communal celebration of the American immigrant experience, sharing the spirit and history of Appalachia’s Irish and Scottish roots through music. The 35-member ensemble includes 10 children and brings a joyous concert experience with the warmth of period instruments. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, singers, and children’s voices join together to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian holiday. In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

7:00 p.m. | Christmastime in New York 

The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The program includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by  Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen.

Support for this program comes from KMFA Board Member Paul Leche.

8:00 p.m. | St. Olaf  Christmas Festival 

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event - which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN - are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

9:00 p.m. | Choral Classics - Holiday Edition

Wednesday, December 23

6:00 p.m. | An Early Music Christmas with The Spanish Hour

No Spanish composer of the sixteenth century was more lauded during his lifetime and for two hundred years after his death than Cristóbal de Morales. We’ll celebrate Christmas with Morales’s six-voice Missa Si bona suscepimus, published in Rome in 1544 under his direct supervision, and not recorded commercially until the year 2000, featuring the Tallis Scholars. Festive Christmas dances and villancicos of the Mexican Baroque performed by the Rose Ensemble round out the program.

7:00 p.m. | UT Symphony & Choir 2019 Holiday Concert

This special Listen Local broadcast, hosted by KMFA’s Jeffrey Blair brings you a wonderful holiday concert from University of Texas Butler School of Music, featuring the combined forces of the UT Symphony, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Treble Choir, and Tenor/Bass Chorus led by James Morrow and Suzanne Pence. Music by Randol Bass, Tchaikovsky, Robert Russell Bennett, and more. Recorded in December 2019.

Support for this program comes from Terry McDaniel & Company Investment Counsel

9:00 p.m. | Classical Austin Christmas

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

9:00 a.m. | Festival of Lessons & Carols: Live from King's College, Cambridge

An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, in Cambridge England. Audiences share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service with Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys. Hosted by Michael Barone.

Support for this program comes from Dr. Simone Scumpia of Austin Thyroid and Endocrinology.

6:00 p.m. | Christmas with the King's Singers 

7:00 p.m. | Festival of Lessons & Carols: Live from King's College, Cambridge (Rebroadcast)

9:00 p.m. | Classical Guitar Alive - Holiday Edition

Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

9:00 a.m. | All Is Bright (Rebroadcast)

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

11:00 a.m. | The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here (Rebroadcast)

Recorded in the Greene Space at New York City’s WQXR, the ensemble plays favorites from their Christmas repertoire.

2:00 p.m. | Texas Early Music Project: An Early Christmas

Enjoy ancient carols, chant, and songs from TEMP's most recent video concert, plus tracks from its brand-new Christmas CD!

3:00 p.m. | Hygge Holidays: Cozy Classics (Rebroadcast)

The Danish and Norwegian word Hygge (pronounced HUE-guh) describes a mood of coziness, warmth, and well-being. Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany you as you enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

5:00 p.m. | Welcome Christmas (Rebroadcast)

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. John Birge hosts this hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

6:00 p.m. | A Soulful Christmas

American Public Media’s Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu host this uplifting Christmas special that features Black music and composers. A Soulful Christmas celebrates classical music by Black artists, while exploring Spirituals, Gospel Music, Jazz and other Black musical traditions.

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

7:00 p.m. | Handel's Messiah 

Recorded in 2019 live at Sacred Heart in Newark, this performance features up-and-coming African-American conductor Roderick Cox leading the New Jersey Symphony and a stellar lineup of soloists in Handel’s iconic oratorio.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

9:00 p.m. | The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays, an hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), Michael shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s 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!

10:00 p.m. | An Anonymous 4 Christmas

For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch. 

Support for this program comes from KMFA Board Member Paul Leche.

11:00 p.m. | Christmastime in New York 

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity.  The concert includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen.

KMFA Notes of Gratitude

Notes of Gratitude is presented by I Live Here I Give Here

2020 has been a unique and challenging year for many, especially in the Arts community. KMFA asked some of our partners to share what they continue to be grateful for during these times. Find out what they had to say by clicking on the graphic above and share your Notes of Gratitude by sending us a short note and photo to NotesOfGratitude@kmfa.org so we can share on our website and social media channels. 

Generosity is the heart of our community. I Live Here I Give Here is asking you to be a force for good in Austin by giving of your time, talent, and resources. Donate to the local Arts community this Giving Tuesday (December 1) at AmplifyATX.org

KMFA Favorite Things Gift Guide

It's fun to find that perfect gift for that someone special in your life during the holidays. KMFA has selected some of our favorite, unique gift ideas that help local businesses or causes worth supporting. Click on the graphic above to start shopping! 

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Special thanks to KMFA Board Member Paul Leche for your support!