Every year, NPR Music invites a handful of the world’s top keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They are asked to play some of their favorite holiday music for the audience — solo — and the recording becomes A Jazz Piano Christmas. For its 25th anniversary, the program welcomes four artists. Harold Mabern, 78, is one of the great post-bop pianists. Kris Davis brings a distinct, experimental style that’s made her a celebrated rising talent. The veteran performer Lynne Arriale returns to A Jazz Piano Christmas, and Cyrus Chestnut, at home in both the church and dialing up dazzling high-speed runs. Hosted by NPR’s Felix Contreras. Tune in this evening at 8 on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD, and KUAC TV 9.5.
Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Markets. It is a true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE visits these cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Tune in tonight at 10:30 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.
There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby, and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends will learn to believe in Christmas miracles. Featuring: “Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!” Today, Elmo is thinking about… Christmas! Join Elmo as he visits Santa and learns all about the Christmas spirit and celebrating with family and friends. Tune in daily thru Thursday at 9 am on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.
As we approach Christmas, Alaskans from all over the state will be exchanging holiday greetings on the radio. Yes, it’s Talk of Alaska’s annual statewide shower of best wishes from friends and relatives back and forth from the Arctic to the tundra, the coast, the islands and the rain forest. Somebody, somewhere in the state, may be wishing you the best, on this special, two-hour Holiday Greetings edition of Talk of Alaska. Participate by emailing comments in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-478-8255 during the live broadcast. Tune in Tuesday morning at 10 on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD, and KUAC TV 9.5.
Hand-picked and purchased by KUAC host, Bob Fischer, it’s Handel’s original Dublin edition performed in April 1742 at Fishamble Theater. Described as a daring and very highly rated performance by the Dunedin Consort and Players (period instruments) under the direction of John Butt, the chorus comprises only 12 voices accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra. Tune in Tuesday night at 7 on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD, and KUAC TV 9.5.
Frontline – From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, Tuesdays, December 23rd & 30th at 9 pm on KUAC TV
FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports the viewer back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. Tune in Tuesdays, December 23rd & 30th at 9 pm on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation — get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This presentation features the best works of the last several years. It’s a joyous celebration of the schools’ tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. NPR’s Korva Coleman hosts. Tune in Wednesday afternoon at 1 on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD, and KUAC TV 9.5.