Family, friends, food—they're all part of our Thanksgiving memories. WRTI brings you the perfect soundtrack for the holiday, and dishes out second helpings of music along with some very special programs in the afternoon.
You'll hear an American flavor to our lineup including Gershwin’s Concerto in F, a suite from Copland’s opera The Tender Land, and Randall Thompson’s settings of poetry of Robert Frost in his Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Join hosts Bliss Michelson and Rolf Charlston starting at 6 am. And the Thanksgiving specials start at 2 pm for your listening pleasure:
Every Good Thing, 2 to 3 pm
On this day of grace and thanks, who and what will you include in your gratitude? Tune in as we give thanks for one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Enjoy a range of performances, from Jay Ungar's "Thanksgiving Waltz" and Aaron Copland's "Simple Gifts," to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Movement 1) and Dvorak's Legend. No. 5. It's an hour of inspiring stories and music for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving with Cantus, 3 to 4 pm
(sponsored by Morris Arboretum, Holiday Garden Railway!)
Join the premier men's vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music and food, and sitting down with those we love to celebrate the blessings in our lives. You'll enjoy a variety of performances by Cantus, including "We Gather Together," "The 23rd Psalm," "Brothers, Sing On!" and "Wanting Memories."
Giving Thanks, 4 to 6 pm
In this two-hour special, you'll hear a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons"; Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table, with his recent, James Beard Award-winning Thanksgiving essay about immigrants.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of your friends at WRTI!