Holiday Specials 2013


Enjoy the holidays with Classical 90.5, with the following specials coming up this year!

St. Olaf Christmas Festival – December 22nd at 8pm

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. View the program.

Advent Voices – December 23rd at 8pm

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It’s waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – December 24th at 10am and 9pm

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word 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 and music. View the program.

Holiday Choral Festival 2012 – December 24th at 8pm

A rebroadcast of the 2012 Holiday Choral Festival, featuring organist Philip Brisson, Louisville Vocal Project and the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers.

Welcome Christmas! – December 25th at 9am

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media. It’s an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence, and hosted for the fifteenth year by John Birge.

Gramophone magazine called VocalEssence “excellent and vibrant.” NEA Chairman Dana Gioia named them “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time.” Join us in December for holiday classics new and old, when Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! from American Public Media.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico – December 25th at 10am

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul’s Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group’s luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs – December 25th at noon

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation — get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It’s a joyous celebration of the schools’ tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

A Chanticleer Christmas – December 25th at 3pm

A Chanticleer Christmas is a one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries – from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

2013 Holiday Choral Festival – December 25th at 8pm

This year’s festival features the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, Louisville Chamber Choir, University of Louisville Cardinal Singers and the Louisville Youth Choir. Recorded at St. Martin of Tours.

¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble – December 26th at 8pm

The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond, hosted by Tom Crann. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico. The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque – December 28th at 6pm

Louisville’s period-instrument ensemble presents the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, recorded at St. Brigid Catholic Church, with soloists Kelly Ballou, Audrey Walstrom, Steven Spears and Jim Rittenhouse.

New Year’s Day from Vienna – January 1st at 11am

A live broadcast with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Barenboim