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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An Afro Blue Christmas, Sat 12/24, 5pm

Dec 5, 2016

From Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut, we hear a variety of African-American holiday spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.  Hosted by Michele Norris.


Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday. Musical selections include selections from Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel, Yiddish and Ladino songs, classical music that revolves around Maccabee heroes of the story and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.


Live from King’s College Cambridge, England, the Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.  Hosted by Michael Barone.


Listeners are transported to the 16th century splendor of Renaissance Italy, with Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffurius, and southerly to the Naples of Diego Ortiz.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square share their annual Christmas concert,  hosted by Julie Amacher.

A Concierto Christmas 2016, Wed 12/21, 10pm

Dec 4, 2016

Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition, featuring traditional Spanish language villancicos from 18th century Cuba, 19th century Uruguay and 17th century Ecuador.


Paul Winter’s 36th Winter Solstice Celebration from St. John the Divine in New York City features special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz.  John Schaefer hosts.


The Christmas Revels celebrate the Winter Solstice with music excerpts, poetry and readings from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage production that took place in December 2015 in nine cities across the U.S.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Tue 12/20, 8pm

Dec 3, 2016

The annual service of song, word and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, that includes more than 500 student musicians from the choirs and orchestra.  All under the direction of choral legend, Anton Armstong.

Mexico Travel

Traditional sacred music from 15th century Valencia and 17th century Mexico, plus selections from Pablo Casals' El Pesebre (The Nativity).