KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin's Home for the Holidays is presented by Louis Shanks Furniture with additional support by Mozart's Coffee RoastersDr. Simone Scumpia of Austin Thyroid and Endocrinology, Estes Audiology, Malvern Books, Small World GoodsJackson Walker LLP, National Children's ChoirTerry McDaniel & Company  Investment Counsel, and KMFA Board Member Paul Leche. 


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

6:00 p.m. | Help us unlock a Special Broadcast of  A Charlie Brown Christmas

KMFA will unlock a special broadcast of a recording of Austin Chamber Music Center's A Charlie Brown Christmas if we reach 100 donors by 6:00 p.m. as part of KMFA's Year-End Fund Drive.  Enjoy favorites from Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to the beloved holiday classic. This recording was originally produced for broadcast from Austin Chamber Music Center's annual concert at the Stateside Theatre in downtown Austin. 

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

TUESDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Noon | Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (complete)

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

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 Small World Goods.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

6:00 p.m. | Hollywood Holiday

Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes listeners on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. Selections feature scores from “Scrooge, the Musical”, “A Muppet Christmas Carol”, “The Polar Express”, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and more. 

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

FRIDAY, 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 Jackson Walker LLP.

9:00 p.m. | Center Stage From Wolf Trap Holiday Special

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18

10:00 a.m. | Wind & Rhythm - Holiday Edition

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

12:00 Noon | The Metropolitan Opera - The Magic Flute

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. This classic is often heard during the holidays, and the MET is bringing us this abridged English-language edition, conducted by Jane Glover, with Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Hera Hyesang Park (Pamina), Rolando Villazón (Papageno), Morris Robinson (Sarastro), Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), Rodell Rosel (Monostatos), Patrick Carfizzi (Speaker).

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

5:00 p.m. | Concierto - Holiday 2021 Edition

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

7:00 p.m. | New York Philharmonic - Handel's Messiah

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

9:00 p.m. | Feminine Fusion - Holiday Edition

Support for this program comes from Small World Goods.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19

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

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

11:00 a.m. | Classical Austin Christmas

Support for this program comes from Jackson Walker LLP.

12:00 Noon | Classical Guitar Alive - Holiday Edition

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

1:00 p.m. | KMFA Listen Local: Handel's Messiah with Ensemble VIII

Hosted by Sara Schneider.

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

5:00 p.m. | Pianoforte Christmas

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

9:00 p.m. | Pipeworks - Holiday Edition

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20

6:00 p.m. | A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas

Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

7:00 p.m. | Music of the Baroque: Brass and Choral Holiday Concert

KMFA wishes you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer this Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

Support for this program comes from Small World Goods.

9:00 p.m. | KMFA Listen Local: From the Butler School

The University of Texas Butler School presents their 2021 Holiday Concert.

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21

6:00 p.m. | KMFA Listen Local: Texas Early Music Project - An Early Christmas

Texas Early Music Project explores the intangible essence of Christmas, putting its unique stamp on beautiful and joyful carols, motets, dances, and traditional songs with innovative arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lutes. Hosted by KMFA’s Sara Schneider.

Support for this program comes from Jackson Walker LLP.

7:00 p.m. | The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2021

A celebration of the winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, Jonkonnu, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, anthems, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country. The enthusiastic performers heard in the program include the adult and children's choruses of each of the Revels companies, their professional brass quintets and instrumental folk-music groups and soloists, plus a distinguished line-up of featured guest artists, including award-winning traditional Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke (Portland, OR); the early-music ensembles, the Austin Troubadours (Houston, TX), and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band (Washington, DC); App The enthusiastic performers heard in the program include the adult and children's choruses of each of the Revels companies, their professional brass quintets and instrumental folk-music groups and soloists, plus a distinguished line-up of featured guest artists, including award-winning traditional Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke (Portland, OR); the early-music ensembles, the Austin Troubadours (Houston, TX), and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band (Washington, DC); Appalachian traditional singer and clog-dancer, Suzannah Park, and gospel and spirituals singer, Janice Allen (Cambridge, MA); early-music and traditional fiddlers, Eden MacAdam-Somer (Cambridge, MA) and Shira Kammen (Oakland, CA); and traditional banjo-player and guitarist, Larry Unger (Cambridge, MA). The program is hosted by Catherine Lu, popular announcer-producer at Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas.alachian traditional singer and clog-dancer, Suzannah Park, and gospel and spirituals singer, Janice Allen (Cambridge, MA); early-music and traditional fiddlers, Eden MacAdam-Somer (Cambridge, MA) and Shira Kammen (Oakland, CA); and traditional banjo-player and guitarist, Larry Unger (Cambridge, MA). The program is hosted by Catherine Lu, popular announcer-producer at Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas.

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22

6:00 p.m. | Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season

Sara Schneider, KMFA producer and host of Early Music Now, presents Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season, with joyful and contemplative sounds of the season. In this 1-hour holiday special, we’ll hear Byzantine chant by Kassiani, and selections from Missa Puer natus est nobis by Thomas Tallis, plus hymns and motets from Spain, Germany, and France. Our performers include The Cardinall’s Musick, Theatre of Voices, Cappella Romana, and Oltremontano.

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

7:00 p.m. | St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African American spirituals. Valerie Kahler hosts.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

9:00 p.m. |  Classical Austin Christmas

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23

6:00 p.m. | The Canadian Brass - Christmas Time is Here

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

Support for this program comes from Jackson Walker LLP.

7:00 p.m. | Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (complete performance)

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

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

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24 (CHRISTMAS EVE)

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

*** LIVE Broadcast***

Share in this live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.Hosted by Michael Barone.

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

6:00 p.m. | Chanticleer Christmas

A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, recorded live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. 

Support for this program comes from Small World Goods.

7:00 p.m. |  Festival of Lessons and Carols - Live from King's College, Cambridge 

*** Rebroadcast***

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

9:00 p.m. | Center Stage From Wolf Trap Holiday Special

Support for this program comes from Malvern Books.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25 (CHRISTMAS DAY)

7:00 a.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 Estes Audiology.

8:00 a.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 Small World Goods.

9:00 a.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.

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

10:00 a.m. | Wind & Rhythm - Holiday Edition

Support for this program comes from Jackson Walker LLP.

11:00 a.m. | Hollywood Holiday

Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes listeners on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. Selections feature scores from “Scrooge, the Musical”, “A Muppet Christmas Carol”, “The Polar Express”, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and more. 

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

12:00 Noon | St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations. Programming includes sacred choral and instrumental music from many traditions: beloved hymns, classical masterworks, folk songs from around the world, and African American spirituals. Valerie Kahler hosts.

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

2:00 p.m. | Chanticleer Christmas

A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, recorded live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Chanticleer is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the nation. The ensemble has won two Grammys and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. 

Support for this program comes from Mozart's Coffee Roasters.

3:00 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 Malvern Books.

5:00 p.m. | Festival of Lessons and Carols - Live from King's College, Cambridge

*** Rebroadcast***

Share in this live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.Hosted by Michael Barone.

Support for this program comes from Estes Audiology.

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

This week on The New York Philharmonic we hear a "Winter Holiday Jukebox", featuring a mix of holiday songs to celebrate the season.

Support for this program comes from Jackson Walker LLP.

9:00 p.m. | Feminine Fusion - Holiday Edition

Support for this program comes from Small World Goods.

10:00 p.m. | Music of the Baroque: Brass and Choral Holiday Concert

KMFA wishes you and yours a joyous holiday season as we offer this Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure. Hosted by Candice Agree, tune in to the great works of composers like Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli, William Billings, Claudio Monteverdi, and many more.

Support for this program comes from National Children's Choir.

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