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NPR Music, OPB and Murray Street Productions Present Pink Martini 'Joy to the World: A Holiday Spectacular' with NPR Host Ari Shapiro

Available Now at & on OPB Radio December 22 & 24

Stoke the hearth and gather ‘round the radio for a tinsel-flecked tour of festive music from around the globe. NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro joins Portland’s “little orchestra” in concert for Joy to the World: A Holiday Spectacular, a new addition to the holiday music canon  

The special will air on participating NPR stations nationwide as well as internationally on Sirius XM and NPR Berlin through Jan. 5, 2016. Oregon and Southern Washington fans can hear the program on OPB Radio Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 9PM PT and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 7PM PT. Check public radio station sites for more local schedules and broadcast times. Joy to the World: A Holiday Spectacular featuring Pink Martini is also available for on-demand streaming now at

The hour-long program, recorded at OPB studios earlier this month, will include songs from Pink Martini’s 2010 critically-acclaimed holiday album Joy to the World as well as new arrangements from the band, including the Arabic song “Talj Talj” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  The von Trapps join as guests to perform an acapella version of the traditional French carol, “Noël nouvelet.”

Shapiro, a fellow Portlander who made his debut as a guest vocalist with Pink Martini in 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl, both hosts and performs in the special alongside lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large. Additional guests include Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and the Pacific Youth Choir.  

Track Listing:
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells)
  • Santa Baby
  • A Snowglobe Christmas
  • Elohai, N’tzor
  • Ocho Kandelikas
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Talj Talj (NEW)
  • We Three Kings
  • Congratulations–A Happy New Year Song
  • Noël nouvelet
  • Gardens of Sampson & Beasley
  • O Holy Night
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Auld Lang Syne  


About NPR Music

NPR Music collaborates with NPR’s newsmagazines, public radio Member Stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit to find signature series such as Tiny Desk Concerts, Live In Concert webcasts, First Listen album streams, Songs We Love premieres and a collection of holiday specials including Festivo Alt.Latino With Gaby Moreno & Friends (available Dec. 4), Jazz Piano Christmas from the Kennedy Center (available Dec. 11), Song Travels: Home for the Holidays with Michael Feinstein (available Dec. 4), the annual New Year’s Eve jazz special Toast of the Nation (available Dec. 31) and more all available on and on NPR Member stations.  

About OPB

OPB is a premier provider of news and intelligent entertainment across the Northwest region. Delivering in-depth arts, culture and environment content, OPB connects communities and reaches more than 1.5 million people each week through television, radio, the Internet, and on mobile devices. OPB is one of the most supported public media organizations in the country, with members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, visit 

About Murray Street Productions

From the heart of Lower Manhattan, Murray Street has built a reputation for innovation in audio and digital media. Our network of independent producers has crafted innovative public broadcasts (including The Territory of Art), live event shows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Paul Winter Solstice, Great Night in Harlem), recorded books (now Warner Audio Publishing), museum audio (Ellis Island Museum et al), and Grammy® nominated CD recordings (Sweet Honey in the Rock etc.). We built SportsBand®, a live onsite event broadcast system and created the rule-breaking, Peabody® winning daily series HEAT with John Hockenberry.  Our current activities include performance broadcasts, radio, podcasts, web streams, and specialized app and multiple platform project development.


NPR Contact: Caitlin Sanders / / 202.513.2310

OPB Contact: Lauren Elkanich / / 503.977.7751

Pink Martini Contact: Laura Hardin / / 503.249.0808

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