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Programs Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude

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“Giving Thanks” offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music! Host John Birge is using the occasion to invite one of the world’s most treasured composers to the table. John Rutter is a choral music icon, and new piece for VocalEssence gives thanks for the joy of music. Audiences will hear the world premiere of Rutter’s “When Music Sounds,” and how gratitude inspires him.

Conductor Nic McGegan will share an 18th century recipe for St. Cecilia punch will liven up any Thanksgiving celebration, and we’ll revisit the poetry of former “Giving Thanks” guest and American Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who passed away this year.

 “Giving Thanks” is new for 2018, but continues a tradition shared by 300 APM stations: a spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton, giving thanks for art that connects us all to the creative spirit.

The original, two-hour version maintains the high proportion of music. The one-hour version is designed for news and talk formats.


John Birge

John Birge is the morning host on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He’s been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 30 years. In a previous life he played French horn, and when he was on good behavior he’d occasionally get to play in the Cincinnati Symphony.


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Preview audio available: October 11, 2018
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November 8-30, 2018, with multiple airings permitted.

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Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before December 1, 2018. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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