Vermont Public Radio Announces Holiday Program Schedule

Lineup includes Boston Pops Holiday Concert in special partnership with WGBH and Classical New England

As part of Vermont Public Radio’s signature holiday programming, VPR Classical presents the Boston Pops Holiday Concert on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 at 1 p.m.

The two-hour concert, recorded live at Boston’s Symphony Hall, features the Boston Pops, conductor Keith Lockhart, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. They take the stage with favorite carols, a few surprises, and a visit from a certain fellow in a red suit.

The program is part of Vermont Public Radio’s new partnership with WGBH and Classical New England to provide broadcasts of concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. VPR Classical is one of only a handful of stations in the country to broadcast concerts by the BSO, which can be heard every Sunday at 1 p.m.

"The Holiday Pops concerts are an annual tradition in New England, and we are delighted to be able to enrich the season for VPR Classical listeners through this special partnership,” said John Van Hoesen, Vice President for News and Programming. "We look forward to broadcasting Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts every Sunday afternoon on VPR Classical."

The Holiday Pops special is part of Vermont Public Radio’s extraordinary variety of programs for the holiday season. A full lineup of holiday programming is available online at VPR.net, but highlights include:

On VPR News (Broadcasting at 107.9 Burlington, 89.5 Windsor, 88.7 Rutland, 88.5 Saint Johnsbury, 94.3 Bennington, 94.5 Brattleboro, 106.9 Manchester, 99.5 Middlebury, 94.1 Montpelier, and 101.1 Rupert):

The Light Show
Sunday, December 18th, 1 p.m.
Join Robert Resnik for his annual Light Show on All the Traditions, featuring a non-stop selection of songs from around the world to bring warmth and light into the shortest days of the year.

Paul Winter’s Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, December 21st, 9 p.m.
The towering walls of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine reverberate with sounds of celebration in this NPR holiday tradition.

Favor Johnson
Saturday, December 24th, 9:20 a.m.
Storyteller and VPR Commentator Willem Lange tells his timeless story of a country doctor, a loyal dog, fruitcake, and the true spirit of Christmas. A VPR tradition!

A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 24th, 4 p.m.
Willem Lange reads Charles Dickens’ classic.

Radio Lab - Stress!
Friday, December 30th, 7 p.m.
Learn the science behind why reducing stress should be on your list of new year’s resolutions.

The Capitol Steps’ Politics Takes A Holiday
Saturday, December 31st, 7 p.m.
A satirical look at politics with this musical troupe of former congressional staffers.

Toast Of The Nation
Saturday, December 31st, 8 p.m.
Count down to 2012 with music from across the country.

On VPR Classical (Broadcasting at 90.9 Burlington/Plattsburgh, 88.1 Norwich, 95.1 Sunderland/Manchester, 106.9 Island Pond/Brighton, 91.1 Manchester, 90.1 Middlebury, 102.1 Randolph, 93.5 Bennington, 94.7 Bolton, 103.9 Kendal at Hanover, 99.5 Newbury, 94.5 Wake Robin at Shelburne, 106.9 Woodstock):

Chanukah in Story and Song
Tuesday, December 20th, 6 p.m.
Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 24th, 10 a.m.
Live from King’s college in Cambridge, England. Hosted by Michael Barone, the 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Holiday Pops 2011
Sunday, December 25th, 1 p.m.
Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus take the stage for favorite carols, a few surprises, and a visit from a certain fellow in a red suit, direct from Symphony Hall in Boston.

New Years Day Live from Vienna
Sunday, January 1st, 11 a.m.
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston.

For full holiday program schedules, visit VPR.net.