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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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A Chanticleer Christmas, Mon 12/19 @ 12pm

Dec 3, 2016

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.

Echoes Sonic Seasonings 2016, Fri 12/16, 10pm

Dec 3, 2016

Echoes Sonic Seasonings brings a quieter Holiday spirit to your radio with intimate, live performances of seasonal music. This year features the English duo, Smoke Fairies. Last year they released an all original "seasonal" album called Wild Winter. With intricate guitar melodies and beautiful vocal harmonies, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies sing about the beauty and conflicts of Christmas.

Welcome Christmas, Fri 12/16, 12pm

Dec 3, 2016
MPR News

Philip Brunelle leads VocalEssence in music for the holiday including traditional carols and new discoveries, hosted by John Birge.


Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff leads Madrigalia in a concert that celebrates the joy of the season.  Recorded at Rochester’s Clover Center for the Arts, the program features music by Stephen Paulus, Eriks Esenvalds, Leo Nestor, Harold Darke and Bob Chilcott, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.  Jazz vocalist Cindy Miller joins the ensemble for some beloved favorites by Jule Styne, Vince Guaraldi and Steve Allen.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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.

Carols and Cheer, 12/14 @ 12pm

Dec 2, 2016
Matthew Culloton

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, Tue 12/13 @ 12pm

Dec 1, 2016
CrossPoint Church

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.


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!

Eastman School of Music - University of Rochester

From Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY, Organist/Choirmaster Peter DuBois, host of With Heart and Voice, leads the Chancel Choir in the service that was made famous at King’s College, Cambridge. Using the traditional readings that were selected by Eric Milner White in 1918, the Christmas story is told with music by Carson Cooman, Herbert Howells, Mack Wilberg and Morten Lauridsen.

Saint Paul

The Rose Ensemble teams up with a Baroque band of period instruments to present a unique blend of 17th century seasonal music for the holidays from Italy, preserved in the Cathedral archives on the Island of Malta, being heard for the first time in hundreds of years.