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:
* 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.
Host: Michael Drabenstott
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.
Host: Eleanor Bobrow
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.
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.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Host: Dave Fry
Tuesday's show features archived sets from the
John Hartford Trio ('96),
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
Bill Miller and more.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
Host: Laurie Siebert, CPA, CFP®, AEP®
Laurie Siebert's topic for this week is:
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."
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Host: Dave Pandl
, 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.
Host: Laurie Siebert
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.
Host: Bill Fox
, 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 Kaske. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Surround Sound Evolution" on Sireena
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
Host: Karen El-Charr
Host: Dr. Kamran Afshar
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."
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
Hosts: Matt Molchany, Shamus McGroggan
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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
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.