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Thanksgiving Specials & Music


We're grateful that you choose to listen to Blue Ridge Public Radio, and we're saying thank you with some special programming for the holiday. 

Every Good Thing
Wednesday, November 21st - 7 p.m. 

This Thanksgiving, host Elena See and classical music fans from around the country take time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Tune in as listeners share stories about their favorite pieces of classical music. 
Giving Thanks
Wednesday, November 21st - 8 p.m.

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 and the world premier of Rutter's "When Music Sounds." Conductor Nic McGegan will share an 18th century recipe for St. Cecilia punch, and we'll revisit the poetry of former "Giving Thanks" guest and American Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who passed away this year. And of course, the annual spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton, giving thanks for art that connects us all to the creative spirit. 

Morning Classical Music
Thanksgiving Day - 9 a.m. - Noon

On Thanksgiving morning Chip Kaufamann will offer an all-American lineup with music by William Billings, Charles Ives, George Gershwinn, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, and others.

Thursday Night Classics
Thanksgiving Day - 7 - 10 p.m.
Thursday Night Classics will feature selections from the Vox Box American Composers Series. This will include hymn music of the Pilgrims, a crecreation of 1858 Social Orchestra concert, as well as American chamber and orchestral music. 

From all of us at Blue Ridge Public Radio, Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.