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It's like hugging a goat...”


  That's one of the things that really caught my attention when talking over the phone to Shahin Monshipour, of International Culture and Arts Network (ICAN) about the upcoming celebration of Nowruz, Persian New Year, at St. John Fisher this weekend.


She was talking about the Ney-anban, the Persian bagpipe. The “bag” part of this instrument is often made from a goat and a sheep, so when you playing it, you are in a sense, hugging a goat.

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Whether you celebrate Chanukah, the Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa, be ready to wrap up December and move into 2018 with Classical 91.5 where you'll find specials perfectly curated and entertaining for the season. 

Carols and Cheer, 12/07/17 @ 12pm

Nov 29, 2017
The Singers MCA

Host Scott Blankenship and The Singers’ Matt Culloton join forces to review their favorite carols this holiday season.  Audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today’s leading artists and ensembles

Advent Voices, Monday 12/11/17, 12:00pm

Nov 29, 2017

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent. Performers include NY Polyphony, The Cambridge Singers, Cantus, The Tallis Scholars Apollo’s Fire and more.  Selections include "I Wonder As I Wander," "Gabriel’s Message," "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," and "Still, Still, Still."

Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1755) is probably the best known composer from colonial Mexico and a shining star of the baroque era. In celebration of the holiday season, A Baroque Christmas in the New World brings you music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya, most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand!


Director Jonathan Miller leads the virtuoso vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella in an inspiring show of choral music set to Chanukah texts.  The program includes familiar tunes as well as new versions of traditional melodies and original compositions by American and British composers.

Chanukah Lights 2017, Friday 12/15, 12:00pm

Nov 29, 2017

Hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz present their annual celebration of the holiday, complete with new stories by author L. Maizes and more.

ABC Music

"Echoes Sonic Seasonings" is a different kind of Christmas show. It features music for the season that goes beyond the traditional carols. You'll hear one or two of them, but in reimagined form. You'll also hear new sounds for the season, a Christmas of the imagination.

Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock host this celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.  Explore the holiday traditions and food through music.    

Yiddish Folk Melody (arr Judith Clurman, Larry Hochman and Brian Stokes Mitchell; orch L Hochman): "O Chanukah, O Chanukah" fr "Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah" Suite - Essential Voices USA/Judith Clurman, cond w/Ron Raines, bar (Dorian Sono Luminus 92182)
    Traditional (arr Robert Schultz; adapted Andrea Stern): "Blessing" - Andrea Stern, harp; rec at Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio at American Public Media, July 2014
    Solomon Golub (arr Zalman Mlotek): "Borukh Ate Singt der Tate" - Essential Voices USA/Judith Clurman, cond (Dorian Sono Luminus 92182)
    Traditional Folk Melody: "Lichvod HaChanukah" - Ron Raines, bar w/Essential Voices USA Orch/Judith Clurman, cond (Dorian Sono Luminus 92182)
    Folk Melody (arr Judith Clurman, Larry Hochman and Brian Stokes Mitchell; orch L Hochman): "Haneirot Halalu" fr "Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah" Suite - Essential Voices USA/Judith Clurman, cond (Dorian Sono Luminus 92182)



The Swingle Singers present a collection of traditional carols and seasonal music by Stephen Foster, J.S.

Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, Astor Piazzolla, Mel Tormé and more in their unique vocal style.