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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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Thursday, November 23rd, 1:00 p.m.

Host Alison Young sits down with men’s vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music, food and those we love to celebrate the blessings in our lives.

Giving Thanks to Music

Oct 23, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Music plays a profound roll in our lives and helps us recall deep-seated emotions, and stirs our souls. This year’s celebration includes five especially distinguished creative figures to illustrate the profound value that classical music has had in their lives. 

Guests include opera singer Marilyn Horne, Executive Producer of Latino USA Maria Hinojosa, dancer and choreographer Jessica Lang, Principal clarinet of the NYPO Anthony McGill and Avery Fisher Career Grant winning flutist Demarre McGill.


Thu 11/23, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of the spirit of gratitude through the warmth of great music and memorable words, with special guest chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter Shorey with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons." 

Also joining the show is the new host of The Splendid Table, Francis Lam with his recent James Beard Award-winning Thanksgiving essay about immigrants.

Christmas Morning with Peter DuBois

Dec 19, 2016
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December 25, 6:00-8:00 a.m.

Whether you’re hosting a houseful of people, or visiting Rochester for the holidays, Peter DuBois will have music that’s perfect for exchanging gifts and enjoying the Christmas spirit. Tune in for Christmas Concertos by Archangelo Corelli, Francesco Manfredini and Pietro Locatelli, and favorite carols from the Canadian Brass, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the RPO Pops. There’s something for everyone on Christmas Morning with Peter DuBois.

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Conductor Bernard Labadie, a specialist in Baroque and Classical repertoire, conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and chorus in Handel’s Messiah.

New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert lead soloists, the Westminster Symphonic choir and the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah.

Christmas with Calmus, Sun 12/25 @ 2pm

Dec 6, 2016

Holiday special from the vocal group Calmus, one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. Traditional holiday music from England, Russia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and France.


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.


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.

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.