Programming Notes 11/1/13

Nov 1, 2013

Happy Thanksukkah!

That’s right folks we get a twofer this month with the awesome mash-up of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. This means double the food and double the special programming.

We’re kicking off the celebration on Wednesday November 27th at 11AM with Leonard Nimoy’s Hanukkah in Story and Song. This hour-long favorite returns and is celebrated with The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. 

Then at 7PM that evening we’ll continue the Festival of Lights with Hanukkah Lights 2013.

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Not that we’ve tantalized our taste buds with gelt, potato latkes and brisket, it’s time to break into the stuffing, turkey and yams. To get everyone into the giving mood, at 9AM on Thursday the 28th, we’ll air the two-hour program Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude. Hosted by John Birge, he’s be joined by celebrated writer and actor Julia Sweeney (from Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and Saturday Night Live) and best-selling author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instruction Anne Lamott. Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words. Then at 11AM, we’ll one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, Cantus, and with Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music and food in Thanksgiving with Cantus.

At noon we’ll join the nation in the annual paring of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”, and then have an abbreviated Midday Magazine with Brian Shields. We’ll join Arlo and Alan at 2PM for WAMC’s traditional conversation with the singer/songwriter.

Now that the preparations are pretty much done, we’ll travel with you to your destination with the music special, Notes on Autumn. Host Charlie Warren, creates a sound picture of nature's restful season of change and anticipation, along with its accompanying human happenings, all framed by music as varied as the fall colors with performances by  Eric Clapton, Jim Brickman, The English Chamber Orchestra, John Denver, Sara Vaughn and many more.

We’ll continue our special programming to get you through Black Friday. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing day with your family and friends or sitting in traffic, we can be your one-stop entertainment. At 9AM we’ll air the first of a duo of Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. The first hour French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Feinstein to compare notes at the keyboard on Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” and George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.” Then they’re followed by Academy Award winner and singing powerhouse Liza Minnelli. Minnelli joins dear friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and rare insight into her approach to song.

Closing out our special programming, we’ll join The American Connection’s Stephen Peithman as we hear some of composer Aaron Copland’s great work. It is no coincidence that three of Aaron Copland's most powerful works - Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man, and A Lincoln Portrait - date from World War II. Join Peithman for works by Copland and others that expressed a sense of national character and purpose during wartime.

So fill up tose plates with tons of food, and we’ll provide the entertainment.