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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The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2017, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

This one-hour program, recorded live in concert at Rochester’s Clover Center for the Arts, features beautiful music by Pavel Chesnokov, Todd Smith, Erik Esenvalds, Robin Pecknold and John Rutter, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.

Chanukah Lights 2017, Friday 12/15, 12:00pm

Nov 29, 2017

Hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz present their annual celebration of the holiday, complete with new stories by author L. Maizes and more.

ABC Music

"Echoes Sonic Seasonings" is a different kind of Christmas show. It features music for the season that goes beyond the traditional carols. You'll hear one or two of them, but in reimagined form. You'll also hear new sounds for the season, a Christmas of the imagination.

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.