T-minus 14 hours or so til Christmas. Done with all the shopping yet? If you’re out and about today finishing up (or even if you’re staying in) check out the holiday fare Art&Seek is providing on KERA (90.1 FM) today and tomorrow.
Today at noon: Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites — Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives. If you haven’t heard David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries,” do yourself a favor and tune in.
And at 1 p.m.: Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party — Hosted by John Schaefer, this one-hour holiday special combines the joy of music with the gift of discovery as shared and performed by friends old and new. James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Renee Fleming, The Silk Road Ensemble, Jake Shimabukuro and others discuss the collaborations they recorded with Ma.
Staying up late putting together a few things from You Know Who? At midnight, tune in to Conspirare: Christmas at the Carillon. Craig Hella Johnson, the founder and director of Conspirare, has put together a group of performers who unapologetically explore the entire range of choral music. From traditional works, which they perform with enlightened reverence, to arrangements of sacred contemporary and pop, which they sing with respect and a deep understanding of style, this is a choral group for the 21st century. This program repeats Dec. 25 at 2 p.m.
Then Christmas day, we’ve got you covered at noon with Gini Mascorro’s “Christmas Anthem”. Gini’s going to send us over some liner notes on the show later today, which we’ll post on the home page. But knowing Gini. I can promise you this won’t be your father’s Christmas music. Instead, expect an eclectic mix of of-the-moment artists putting their spin on a few chestnuts.
The Art&Seek programming rolls on through Friday and Saturday, too. To see what’s playing then, see our full roundup.