Classical 91.5

Holiday Specials

As we travel through the year, Classical 91.5 will present a number of seasonal or holiday specials.  Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out what specials we're offering to delight you and enrich your holiday celebrations.

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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)


One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season is the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service made famous at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The Festival tells the Christmas story in words and music, and is presented all over the world in many languages and variations.

Tune in for A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols recorded at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York under the direction of organist/choirmaster Peter DuBois, who is known to public radio listeners across the country as the host of With Heart and Voice.


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.

Preachers Institute

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Robert Page and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression. Handel's celebration of the human response to the divine will lift spirits and provide the perfect start to the holiday season.

Jazz Promo Services

Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration from St. John the Divine in New York City features special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen and the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

The Christmas Revels celebrate the Winter Solstice with music excerpts, poetry and readings from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage production, Acadian Cajun Celebration, that took place in December 2016 in nine cities across the U.S.

Holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the Minnesota based 12-man ensemble known as “an orchestra of voices.” Brian Newhouse hosts.


On an Echoes Christmas, we create a soundscape of carols that depart from the shopping mall repetition to carry you through the Christmas weekend with a smile of serenity on your face. It's music that's cool and chilled for a perfect Christmas. It’s more Christmas sounds from Ólafur Arnalds, R. Carlos Nakai, Agnes Obel and more.

Host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Boston Brass celebrates the holidays with carols traditional and favorites for young and old, from the Barns at Wolf Trap.