Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

Nov 21, 2017

Classical HQR celebrates the season of Thanksgiving with a mix of music provided by Bob Workmon between 8 and noon on the day, followed by... "Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude" with John Birge.

"Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special 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.

Also, from noon to 2pm, we'll have "Turkey Confidential" airing on 91.3. 

Thanksgiving is full of high expectations, a huge menu and a house full of guests – which can make for a stressful day or two in the kitchen. That's why holiday hosts, kitchen helpers and dinner guests alike tune into The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential" on the biggest cooking day of the year. This year offers double the fun, with co-hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam. They'll tag-team listener calls, and talk about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and memories with guests Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, and Amy Sedaris. This will be Lynne's last "Turkey Confidential," as she retires in December, and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018. 

Then, at 2 p.m. we'll have... "Thanksgiving with Cantus."

Join Alison Young and premier men's vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music and food, and sitting down with those we love and to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Listeners will enjoy a variety of performances by Cantus, including "We Gather Together," "The 23rd Psalm," "Brothers, Sing On!" and "Wanting Memories."

At 3 p.m. the celebration continues with... "Every Good Thing."

On this day of grace and thanks, who and what will you include in your gratitude? Join Valerie Kahler and Steve Seel as they 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 I) and Dvorak's Legend. No. 5. It's an hour of inspiring stories and music for Thanksgiving.  

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson