December 4 - 10

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   Bach Choir of Bethlehem: Christmas Concert
* Dec. 9 | 8 pm

Rediscover the wonder and delight of Christmas at the first live performance of their  beloved CD "A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem," from The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with The Bel Canto Children's Chorus. The Choir and the voices of children offer both spoken word and uplifting choral music centered on the story of the Nativity creating a meditation on the meaning of Christmas. The program features soloist David Newman performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols," Tom Goeman's beautiful arrangement of "O Holy Night," and the children offer the Native American "Huron Carol" and English "The Christmas Storke."
The Bethlehem Historic District Association's Historic Holiday House Tour
* Dec. 9 | 10 am - 4 pm
The Holiday House Tour is the premier fundraiser benefiting the Bethlehem Historic District. Gain exclusive access to nine private Historic District homes decorated for the holiday season, all within easy walking distance. Your House Tour ticket will also give you access to the first floor exhibits of the Kemerer Museum, two private artists studios, and a special tour of the Hotel Bethlehem.

LU Philharmonic: Adams, Beethoven & Rachmaninov
* Dec. 8 - 9 | 8 pm
The Lehigh University Philharmonic performs contemporary composer John Adams' electric work as well as Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Jerome Lowenthal and Rachmaninov's lush Symphony No. 2. Eugene Albulescu, director.
The Santa Land Diaries
* Dec. 8 - 17 | 8 pm
Returning for the second year, this outrageously funny one-man play from humorist David Sedaris is an alternative holiday celebration about the author's experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's in NY. A take on how the holiday season brings out the best - and the worst - in us all.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian NUTCRACKER

* Dec. 10 | 6 pm

Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.

Concord Chamber Singers: Family Holiday Concert

Dec. 10 | 5 pm

This holiday concert from the Concord Chamber Singers is for the whole family. Enjoy traditional and classic carols including a sing-along. After the concert, there will be a holiday reception, including cookies and a special appearance from Santa.

An Evening of Award-Winning Folk Music:
Edie Carey & Lunamores

* Dec. 10 | 6 pm

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center hosts Chicago-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey for an intimate evening of folk music. Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, and perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on and off stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey's wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.

LU Choral Arts:
Christmas Vespers

* Dec. 10 | 4 pm & 8 pm

Lehigh University Choral Arts presents its annual Christmas gift to the community featuring director Steven Sametz and associate dire, associate director. Free admission. Two performances, 4 pm and 8 pm. Early arrival suggested.

Christmas City Follies XVIII

* Now - Dec. 22 | 8 pm

Join Touchstone's annual holiday tradition, merrily assaulting the fun and foibles of the Christmas season in the Christmas City! With high-spirited, madcap, heartfelt love, this joyful variety show features a slew of new music and original characters, plus perennial local favorites like The Old Guy, Little Red, and the immortal Shopping Cart Ballet. Get your tickets early, and meet us under the mistletoe! We'll be there with bells on.

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Program Highlights
Host: Michael Drabenstott Follow us on Twitter
Michael Drabenstott continues his culinary tour of the Lehigh Valley. His first guest, Rachel Griffith, has been general manager at Apollo Grill for the last 10 years and is slated to become the new owner of the fine dining restaurant in downtown Bethlehem by the end of this year. Then, Michael speaks with Tod Auman, owner of Dundore & Heister, a sustainable whole-animal butcher with locations in the Easton Public Market and a stand-alone location in Wyomissing at the southern end of WDIY's listening area.
At the Movies: "Jane" features never before seen footage of conservationist Jane Goodall, who was born in 1934 and made a career studying chimpanzees. Brett Morgen directs the film, which features an original score by Philip Glass. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the documentary.

6:30 - 7:00 pm: Take Charge of Your Life
Host: Eleanor Bobrow
Author Debra Heilingman joins Eleanor Bobrow to discuss the deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh and its impact on both brothers' lives. Drawing upon her meticulous research, which includes analysis of the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Debra Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary life of the Van Gogh brothers.
7:00 - 9:00 pm : Folk Classics
Host: Steve Aaronson

Tonight's program will include some unusual versions of familiar songs, such as a piano version of Circle Game. In addition, there will be more traditional versions with artists like Ian and Sylvia, Cisco Houston, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.


7:00 - 9:00 pm: Live from Godfrey Daniels
Host: Dave Fry Follow us on Twitter

Tuesday's show features archived sets from  the John Hartford Trio ('96),  Herdman, Hills and Mangsen ('06),  Chris Smither ('16),  April Verch ('07), Red Clay Ramblers ('85),  Utah Phillips ('80) and Catie Curtis from this past  Saturday. Short cuts from Pete Kennedy, Chris Proctor, Bill Miller and more. 


6:00 - 7:00 pm: Your Financial Choices
Host: Laurie Siebert, CPA, CFP®, AEP® Follow us on Twitter

Laurie Siebert's topic for this week is: "Charitable Giving."

Laurie also takes listener questions live on the air during the program at 610-758-8810. Questions can also be submitted early at yourfinancialchoices.com by clicking "Contact Laurie."


1:00 - 4:00 pm: The Blend
Host: Dave Pandl

At  2:30 pm , Dina Hall speaks with Edie Carey, a Chicago-based folk singer-songwriter, about her upcoming show this Sunday at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown.

6:00 - 7:00 pm: Lessons with Leaders on Lehigh Valley Discourse
Host: Laurie Siebert Follow us on Twitter

Laurie Siebert's guest is Kassie Hilgert, President and CEO of ArtsQuest. Hilgert discusses her career, her beginnings at ArtsQuest, taking over as head of the non-profit organization in 2014, and more.
11:00 pm - 1:00 am: Galactic Travels
Host: Bill Fox Follow us on Twitter 

On  Galactic Travels , Bill Fox presents hour-long soundscapes of electronic, ambient, and space music.
This show will begin a month-long focus on Mythos, the electronic music project of Berlin musician Stephan KaskeThe Featured CD at Midnight will be "Surround Sound Evolution" on Sireena


9:00 am - 12:00 pm: WDIY Classics
Host: Karen El-Charr

At 10:00 am, Maestra Dian Wittry of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and  Angela Davis, Director of the Bethlehem Penguins Skating Club, join Classics host Karen El-Chaar for insights into the upcoming  Symphony on Ice performance. 

At 11:00 am,  Domenick Fiore, conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic, and  Kenny Bean, conductor of the Young People's Philharmonic, provide musical previews of their weekend holiday concerts. Then stay tuned for selections from  Blackmore's Night latest Renaissance recording "Winter Carols."

Host: Dr. Kamran Afshar Follow us on Twitter

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation. 

Economic Pulse airs Friday at 5:44pm during NPR's  All Things Considered and Monday at 7:41am during NPR's  Morning Edition.

11:00 pm - 12:00 am: Tape Swap Radio 
Hosts: Matt Molchany, Shamus McGroggan Follow us on Twitter 
Up-and-coming Bethlehem jangle pop band Daytime Cleaners join Matt and Shamus for a Shards Session; plus, a handful of Tape Swap Radio volunteers give their picks for Best DIY Music Release of 2017.

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Swing Sunday
Hosts: Steve Aaronson, RosalieViscomi

The program will feature a nice mix of selections from the earliest days of the Swing Era to the Era's golden age. Among the performers will be Clarence Williams' Blue Five and Les Brown And His Band of Renown.