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Programs APM Celebrates

APM Celebrates is our unique package of programs for holidays and more. From annual listener favorites like The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential", to classical music specials, to new offerings that explore everything from transportation trends to personal history and grief, APM Celebrates offers something for every audience and occasion.


All is Bright

All is Bright

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene.

Candles Burning Brightly

Candles Burning Brightly

Mindy Ratner hosts this 2017 encore celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores the meaning and traditions of Chanukah, including holiday foods and Sephardic and Ashkenazi music.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics

Join host Elena See as she plays a a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.

Hollywood Holiday

Hollywood Holiday

Join Lynne Warfel, host of APM's Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five, for a festive one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Dickens' classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Welcome Christmas!

Welcome Christmas! is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Witness: Black History Month

Witness: Black History Month

A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are inspiring, harrowing, and rich.

Love at the Movies

Love at the Movies

A special Valentine’s Day program and offshoot of the weekly national program Saturday Cinema, Love at the Movies is an hour of classic movie scores from romantic films, rom-coms, animated love stories and more.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Witness: Women's History Month

The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

The Hurricane Tapes

The Hurricane Tapes

The Hurricane Tapes investigates a brutal triple homicide in the USA in the 1960s for which the boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was twice convicted, alongside a local teenager named John Artis. Two BBC reporters set out to explore the life of the boxer and have discovered a world of bitter accusations and unanswered questions

Past Specials

FY18 Specials

Classical
  • Let Freedom Sing
  • Hollywood Halloween
  • Dreams of the Fallen
  • Salute in Song
  • Giving Thanks
  • Every Good Thing
  • Thanksgiving with Cantus
  • Candles Burning Brightly (encore)
  • Advent Voices
  • Carols & Cheer
  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle 2017
  • Hollywood Holiday
  • Welcome Christmas!
  • A Chanticleer Christmas
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Valentine’s Day with Cantus
  • Irish Inspirations
  • World Choral Spectacular
News & Entertainment
  • Look Up and Listen
  • Trade Off – A Marketplace Special
  • Highlights from the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival
  • TBTL Halloween Spooktacular
  • Semper Fi, Presented by Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • Marketplace Tech
  • Hilarious World of Depression
  • Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • The Splendid Table: Turkey Confidential
  • Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock -- Brain's On
  • Witness: Black History Month
  • Academy Awards Preview
  • Witness: Women’s History Month
  • A Beautiful World
  • Earth RX: Climate Cast
  • King’s Last March (encore)
  • Ocean Stories

FY 17

Classical
  • Hollywood Halloween
  • From Casals to Camelot
  • Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day
  • Let Freedom Sing
  • Cinema in the Parks
  • Salute in Song (APM Honors)
  • Giving Thanks 2016
  • Advent Voices (2015 Encore)
  • Carols & Cheer
  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2016
  • Hollywood Holiday 2016
  • Welcome Christmas 2016
  • A Chanticleer Christmas 2016
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2016
  • Candles Burning Brightly (2015 Encore)
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 2016
  • Kaddish (APM Honors)
  • The Movies & Music
  • Making Oprah
  • Salute in Song
  • Semper Fi
News & Entertainment
  • TBTL Halloween Spooktacular
  • KPCC's The Ride
  • The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business 2016
  • The Dinner Party Download Holiday Special
  • WUNC's Occasional Shivers
  • Marketplace Tech's Codebreaker Solstice
  • The Splendid Table's Homemade Holidays with America's Test Kitchen
  • WBEZ's Making Oprah

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