Posted on December 2, 2019

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We hope you will join us for this special programming and share in the magic of this holiday season!

ICAN Holiday: December 1st – 31st
Throughout the month of December, the International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) will celebrate winter with special 24-hour holiday programming through heartwarming stories, poems, and music. Children will learn about the Winter Solstice, Saint Lucia’s Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and traditions from around the world while enjoying holiday favorites like the Nutcracker and classic carols. Additionally, each day in December, ICAN will air the cherished radio series “The Cinnamon Bear,” a Portland holiday tradition since 1937. 

Festival of Carols: December 21st – 25th
Director of Music & Programming, John Pitman, is hard at work preparing for this year’s Festival of Carols, intricately weaving together carols from around the world, performed by the world’s greatest choirs, ensembles, and soloists. Launching Friday evening, December 21st at 7pm with Handel’s Messiah, The Festival of Carols continues through Christmas night.

LIVE BROADCAST, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: December 24th, 7am
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is held in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge England on Christmas Eve. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to the holiday.

Classical Countdown: December 31st, 7am – midnight
Tis the season to cast YOUR vote for your favorite piece of classical music! The winning selections begin to air at 7am, counting down to the number one favorite piece at midnight on New Year’s Eve. “Honorable mentions” will air on the New Years Day. Voting ends Sunday, December 15th. VOTE NOW!