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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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New for 2018, VocalEssence and host John Birge present traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Pioneer Press

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Ring in the season with lively interpretations of 17th and 18th century seasonal music played on period instruments by the internationally renowned Chatham Baroque.  Music by Biber, J.S. Bach, Buxtehude and Handel; recorded at Pittsburgh’s Chatham University in December 2017.

Temple Square

Julie Amacher host this annual holiday favorite with the Tabernacle Choir performing touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classicals, with the great artistry that is a tradition of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Classical MPR

Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Haddonfield UMC

The New Jersey MasterChorale, accompanied by musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and soloists, present music of the season including John Rutter’s festive Gloria, the Te Deum by William Gorton and much-loved carols.

Michael Barone hosts the 100th anniversary of A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, the annual LIVE service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England. 

The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary service of Biblical readings and music. This year's anniversary service has additional relevance and resonance in the wake of the World War I armistice centennial.

Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.


This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

St. Olaf College

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival 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. Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.