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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This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations, and 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. Valerie Kahler hosts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival concert will NOT be performed live.

Center Stage from Wolf Trap presents the Washington Symphonic Brass Holiday Special of traditional carols and classical favorites in some new arrangements.  Lee Anne Myslewski and Rich Kleinfeldt co-host.

Learn more about this year's pre-recorded service, and download the program.

Host Michael Barone presents this annual, live (pre-recorded a few days early due to the pandemic) service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings, carols and seasonal music. 

Read more about how this year's live service will be done.

This year, as has been the tradition for decades, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be broadcast live on radio stations around the world. But there will be a major difference: instead of hundreds of people packed into the medieval chapel, its pews will be empty, and the service will have been recorded a few days prior.

A Chanticleer Christmas, Wed 12/23/20, 3:00pm

Nov 5, 2020

Celebrate the season with song! Steve Staruch hosts this a cappella holiday of new and old favorites with the Minnesota based 12-man ensemble known as “an orchestra of voices.”

Daniel Fischer

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 during the 2019 Holiday Season, 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 one-hour program consists of the traditional readings and music by Paul Manz, Kim Andre Arnesen, CV Stanford, Morten Lauridsen and John Rutter.

Jazz Promo Services

To celebrate the return of the sun, and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear a new performance of The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. John Schaefer hosts.

Celebrate the holiday season with 17th century flair with A Baroque Noel. Join Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music and NYS Baroque for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra.

The one-hour program, hosted by WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, features Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Acclaimed lutenist Paul O'Dette leads an ensemble of sought-after musicians from across the country in this grand Christmas mass that quotes many popular Christmas carols of the 1600s. The program is rounded out with virtuosic concertos for oboe and mandolin by Vivaldi, as well as French Christmas carols.

Andrea Blain hosts the warm memories and feelings of the holidays from the ‘60s and ‘70s in this presentation of touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast-becoming the new classics.

Mindy Ratner hosts an hour celebration of Hanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Hanukah foods, traditional activities and plenty of music.

The Canadian Brass play holiday favorites in new and classic arrangements, including Hanukah Medley, Joy to the World, The First Noel, Silent Night, Jingle Bells in the style of Handel, and much more.