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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Host Michael Barone presents this live 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. Download a copy of the Order of Service.

Chanukah Lights 2019, Tuesday 12/24/19, 2:00p

Nov 30, 2019

Hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz present their annual celebration of the holiday with all new stories  and more.

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir shares touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are becoming new traditions. Julie Amacher hosts.

Audiences will enjoy a warm, nostalgic holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests. A 600-person cast will share a stunningly beautiful mix of carols in various unique arrangements.

Christmas with Madrigalia 2019, 12/25 at 2pm

Nov 30, 2019

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2019, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

Once again this year, the Rochester Bach Children’s Chorus joins Madrigalia for traditional carols arranged by Cary Ratcliff. The chorus appears regularly with Madrigalia, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other Western New York ensembles. They have sung at venues that include the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. They have also performed the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills, the Boston Red Sox, and the Washington Nationals.

Wednesday, 12/25/19, 6:00 and 6:30 pm

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra presents it's 15th annual double-bill of specials from Temple Square featuring music for the season. Guests include the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble, Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster, and from PBS' Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham himself - Hugh Bonneville, as he narrates the Christmas story.

Wednesday, 12/25/19, 8:00pm

Recorded in December 2016, the Rochester Oratorio joins the RPO and soloists: Clara Eck (soprano); Christopher Ainslie (countertenor); Daniel Weeks (tenor); Kevin Diaz, (bass-baritone) under the baton of Christopher Warren Green for this encore presentation.  Brenda Tremblay hosts.

Lobero Theatre

An all-new musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, St. Lucia’s Day, The Feast of St. Stephen, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, wassails, hymns, villancicos, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

Drawn from diverse cultures and various points in history, Music of the Baroque conductor William Jon Gray has assembled a program that feature the holiday traditions from the 12th through the 19th century from Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russian, the Netherlands, Spain and North America.

Daily 12/22-12/29 approximately 2:56-3:00pm

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah – the Festival of Lights – is celebrated over the course of eight nights. In a series of radio vignettes called The Eight Nights of Chanukah, WQXR’s Naomi Lewin tells the stories, and talks about the customs of the holiday, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, traditional foods, and why Chanukah is so hard to spell. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.

8:00am Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude

11/28    New for 2019, John Birge hosts a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's "Giving Thanks" also celebrates the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Special guests include John Rutter, with a world premiere of his latest choral work, and conductor Nic McGegan, and offers a remembrance of former guest and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall.