Classical 91.5

Special Programs/Mini Series

Throughout the year Classical 91.5 will present a number of special programs or mini-series that are not a part of our regular broadcast schedule.  Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out about these special programs.

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Let Freedom Sing, 07/04/17, 12pm and 6pm

Jun 19, 2017

  Celebrate Independence Day with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Julie Amacher hosts this venerable musical institution as they guide us through the canon of American patriotic music. Selections include John Williams' Hymn to the Fallen, Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land, America the Beautiful, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Shenandoah.


RZM Imports

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips presents an hour-long special that explores music composed for stories of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and the post-9/11 world we inhabit today.  Selections include music from the films Glory, The Big Parade, Patton, Henry V, The Great Escape, The Best Years of Our Lives, Casualties of War, Saving Private Ryan and Zero Dark Thirty. 

New York Observer

The Western Wind, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet presents an exploration of the Holocaust through music and memories. 

The narration incorporates survivor memories with music that depicts Jewish life in pre-war Europe, and songs that intimately depict the events and horrors of the Holocaust.

Kaddish draws upon the unique stories of Holocaust survivors as told to APM’s Mindy Ratner.  The narrative of courage, resilience, and serendipity is scored with works by composers whose lives were touched by the Holocaust, including composers Gideon Klein, Luka Foss, Paul Ben-Haim and Ilse Weber.

The music is especially poignant, and enhances the very special nature of the program.

Program Playlist...

Apollo's Fire

J. S. Bach’s dramatic sacred masterpiece, translated from German as the Passion According to St. John, is based upon the story of the passion as told in the 18th and 19th chapters of the book of John.  Apollo’s Fire, an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal and named for the classical god of music and the sun, presents “a resplendent performance” (New York Times) under the direction of harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell.

Classical 91.5 celebrates President’s Day with this hour-long journey through history with Abraham Lincoln’s letters and diaries, along with songs that were sung by citizens of the time.  Folk musician Chris Vallillo brings the voices of civilians and soldiers alike to vivid life. 

Oscar Awards Live Stream ® Annual Film Academy Awards

From the first Oscar statuette in 1934 to the present day, host Lynne Warfel presents a musical history of Oscar-winning scores through the decades.  Part 1 features the 1930s through 1950s; Part 2 covers the 1960s through 1980s; Part 3 features scores from the 1990s to today.  Host Lynne Warfel is well-suited to hosting this program, as she is a trained actor and has been a member of the Actor’s Equity and Screen Actors’ Guild for more than 35 years.

Royal Holloway Choir Concert, 02/17/17

Feb 1, 2017
Classical MPR

Friday, 2/17/17 @ 1:00 pm

The Choir of Royal Holloway of the University of London is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. The Choir presented a concert at Third Presbyterian Church in April 2016 as part of their North American tour.  Under conductor Rupert Gough, the choir will perform selections by Vaughan Williams, Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Herbert Howells as well as living composers Carson Cooman and Arvo Pärt. Mona Seghatoleslami is your host.

Concordia Choir Concert, 02/15/17

Feb 1, 2017
Classical MPR

Recorded at Asbury First United Methodist Church while on their national tour in February 2016, the Concordia Choir of Moorehead, Minnesota under the direction of conductor and composer René Clausen, performs a rich collection of choral masterworks that “uphold a sacred choral tradition of musical integrity and spiritual expression.”  Brenda Tremblay hosts.

One of the most beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to stardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the opera world.  Price, who turns 90 on Feb 10, 2017 is celebrated in this tribute to her life and career. The program includes comments and reminiscences from Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves and Eric Owens. (Click title for full listing of repertoire)