FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          December 12, 2001

Contact: Donna McCracken

WUIS-WIPA to broadcast special holiday programs

Springfield -- WUIS (91.9 Springfield) and WIPA (89.3 Pittsfield) will present an array of special holiday programs beginning with A Winter's Night at 11 a.m. Monday, December 17. The broadcast will feature the Celtic/classical crossover group Ensemble Galilei in an all-instrumental program recorded in the 250-year-old Great Hall in Annapolis, Maryland. Bonnie Grice hosts this intimate holiday concert blending traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, early music, and original works, all enhanced by the performance of acclaimed Uilleann piper Kieran O'Hare on the Irish bagpipes.

AThe St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert - Love Divine, Illuminate Our Darkness will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18. This is St. Olaf 's 90th annual concert, hailed nationally and internationally as an extraordinary presentation of sacred music for the season. The program features the renowned St. Olaf Choir, four choirs of St. Olaf College, and the St. Olaf Orchestra performing music of the season, individually and as an ensemble.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, A Chanticleer Christmas will present Chanticleer, one of America's premiere vocal ensembles, in a program of seasonal music ranging from Renaissance hymns to music director Joseph Jennings own close-harmony arrangements of holiday classics. This 12-member group, called an orchestra of voices, was recorded in New York City's Grace Cathedral. Fred Child hosts.

AShout Glad Tidings! An American Christmas with Philip Brunelle and the Plymouth Music Series will air at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20. The acclaimed Plymouth Music Series singers perform a special All-American program that will be heard around the world as Brunelle leads a celebration of the richness of American holidays with compositions by William Dawson, Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, Randall Thompson, and Aaron Jay  Kernis. Also featured is the world premiere of two new works from the Plymouth Music Series Carol Competition. WCAL's Bill Morelock is the host.

Apollo's Fire and Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra present their critically acclaimed interpretation of Handel's Messiah at 10 a.m. Friday, December 21. Recorded in Cleveland's Severance Hall, music director Jeannette Sorrell interpretation of Handel's classic has been widely praised for its drama, poignancy, and spiritual triumph. Apollo's Fire takes a dramatic approach, bringing the hope, suffering, and triumph of the story to life through a swift-paced performance. This intimate concert experience uses approximately the same forces as Handel did (30 instruments, 36 singers) and is performed on period instruments, with internationally acclaimed soloists and a professional early-music choir.  Soloists are Meredith Hall, Derek Lee Ragin, Ian Honeyman, Christopheren Nomura, and Michael McMurray.

WUIS-WIPA will broadcast additional holiday programs through December 31. For more information, contact Jiffy Johnson at (217) 206-6516.