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Holiday Programs for Wednesday, December 21

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Happy Holidays from KRTS Marfa! Here’s a rundown of the special programs we have scheduled for today.

11 AM to 1 PM, Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire – Apollo’s Fire gives a rousing, vital performance of music that the early 17th century German composer Michael Praetorius might have used at Lutheran services for Advent and Christmas Day Vespers. The concert features a “big band” of strings, winds, children’s and adult’s voices, and period brass including sackbuts, trumpets, and cornetti. Included are settings of familiar chorales such as In Dulci Jubilo, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland and Joseph Lieber Joseph Mein; and such beloved Praetorius compositions as Puer Natus in Bethlehem and Lo How a Rose. The Boston Globe says that Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra, is “one of America’s leading Baroque orchestras, capable of competing with Europe’s much-recorded bands.”

3 PM, A Cowboy Christmas from the Western Folklife Center – A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America’s outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

7 PM to 9 PM, Old Timey’s Christmas special – 2 hours of holiday tunes from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

9 PM to 11 PM, Jazz on KRTS, with Dave Leonnig’s Christmas special-A jazz Christmas card to you from KRTS Marfa.