WSHU Public Radio is bringing you a wide selection of special programs for this holiday season. It includes music and thoughts for Thanksgiving and Chanukah, as well as songs, carols and stories for Christmas starting on Dec. 18. Among the annual favorites will be the live broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge, England on Christmas Eve. Also coming, a Strauss-fest, live from Vienna on New Year's Day, stories and music for Kwaanza and the political satire of the Capitol Steps in the newest edition of Politics Takes a Holiday.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on WSHU-FM
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna.