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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Welcome Christmas, Monday 12/14/20, 3:00pm

Nov 5, 2020

New for 2020, VocalEssence under the direction of Philip Brunelle, and host John Birge, present traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Chanukah Lights 2020, 3:00pm, Fri 12/11/20

Nov 5, 2020

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

6:00pm Every Good Thing

11/26    Andrea Blain hosts a visit with classical music fans around the country as they give thanks and celebrate one of life’s most meaningful gifts: music.

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

11/26   New for 2020 John Birge hosts a contemporary celebration of gratitude with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Guests include conductor Michael Tilson Thomas who remembers his childhood Thanksgivings in L.A and Brooklyn Rider, performing the beautiful Heiliger Dankgesang, and more.

Daniel Fischer

A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols airs Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm and Tuesday, December 24 at 11:00pm.

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.

It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles.  In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon hosts

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

No matter what tradition you observe, winter holidays are celebrated around the world with music.  Bill starts in the 12th century, takes us through medieval Italy, evokes a Mexican Christmas, visits Paris and Polynesia, brings us a taste of jazz and even shares Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.


Director Jonathan Miller leads the virtuoso vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella in an inspiring show of choral music set to Chanukah texts.  The program includes familiar tunes as well as new versions of traditional melodies and original compositions by American and British composers.

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.