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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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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Handel:  Messiah

Christopher Warren Green, Guest Conductor
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Klara Ek, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Michael Leopold, theorbo
 
Recorded December 10 & 11, 2016

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. SymphonyCast host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Welcome Christmas, Monday 12/25/17, 2:00pm

Nov 29, 2017
MPR News

New for 2017, "Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

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Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips returns in December 2017 with The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays, a new hour-long edition of The Film Score, this time devoted to music of the holidays and wintertime.  In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas,” from “Holiday Inn”), Michael introduces film music, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s wintry, folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Amber

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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.

WNYC

This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

http://www.morehouse.edu/communications/archives/002388.html

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

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Friday, November 24th, 10:00 p.m.

An Echoes Acoustic Thanksgiving is 2 hours of warm and inviting music from the acoustic side of Echoes. This year's show features Italian guitarist Peppino D’Agostino and Christine Leneé in live performance. Peppino D’Agostino is an acclaimed musician who came up during that first wave of acoustic guitarists in the 1970s with Will Ackerman, Michael Hedge, Alex DeGrassi and Preston Reed. He’s released several solo recordings and has appeared on Echoes several times. Christine Leneé is an equally prodigious acoustic player who has absorbed the techniques of artists like Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. They’ll each play a separate set.

https://www.apmstations.org/apm-celebrates/2017/holidays/every-good-thing/

Thursday, November 23rd, 5:00 p.m.

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.  List of repertoire...

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