2015 Channukah Specials

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We’ll celebrate the Festival of Lights this year with some familiar voices, including Itzhak Perlman, Mindy Ratner, Bill Morelock and Louisville’s own Cantor David Lipp. Here’s the schedule:

December 6 at 8pm: Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party!

December 7 at 8pm: Candles Burning Brightly
A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music. Hosted by Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock.

December 8 at 8pm: Chanukkah Ear Candy
A celebratory hour of music hosted by Cantor David Lipp, and featuring composers Samuel Adler, Joshua Lind and Michael Isaacson, and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

December 13 at 8pm: Chanukkah Blessings
A meditative hour of blessings and liturgy associated with the Festival of Lights, as sung and composed by various artists and communities of Jewish people. Hosted by Cantor David Lipp.

New Recordings Welcome the Holidays

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As we welcome the holiday season we also say hello to a new batch of seasonal recordings. Here are some interesting selections for your consideration.

Kochi is a recording of Jewish music using instruments from India. While that may seem odd at the outset, the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir has a valid reason for this. Kochi, India, was once a Jewish community of over 5,000 located in the port of Kerala, India. The Jewish people settled there around 562 B.C. Ruth Weber directs the group in this collection of Indian-flavored songs.

Ragnar Bohlin has been director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 2007. He founded the chamber choir Cappella SF last year. The group’s first release is a pleasing variety of Christmas selections that range from Praetorius and Bach to the Swingle Singers. The CD includes arrangements from this millennium by Bohlin and Eric Whitacre.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear loves The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. So much so, that Goodyear arranged the whole ballet for piano solo. On one CD, the recording time is over 82 minutes in length. Goodyear visited Louisville in 2008 Stewart Goodyear as a visiting artist with support from the Gheens Great Expectations Project.

The Crouch End Festival Chorus is a large choir based in Crouch End, a northern suburb of London. The group was founded in the 1980’s. It recently teamed up with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for a 2-CD set called The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics. The sound is huge in the manner of the old Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra Christmas recordings. While the collection concentrates on the true classics, it also includes newer seasonal favorites like All I Want For Christmas is You, Walking in the Air and Happy Xmas (War is Over).

December Celebration is a collection of new carols by seven American composers including Mark Adamo and Jake Heggie, who wrote operas performed by Kentucky Opera. The CD includes the first recording of Heggie’s On the Road to Christmas.

Music for Chanukah

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In celebration of Chanukah/Hannukah, Classical 90.5 is proud to offer the following specials:

Eight Nights of Chanukah – December 16th-24th 4pm
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.

Candles Burning Brightly – December 16th 8pm
Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel

Holiday Specials

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Whether you’re celebrating Chanukah, Thanksgiving or both, we’ve got you covered with great programs. Here’s what’s coming up:

Candles Burning Brightly – November 27th at 8pm
Thanksgiving with Cantus – Thanksgiving Day at 9am and 4pm
Giving Thanks – Thanksgiving Day, 10am and 8pm
Chanukah Ear Candy – December 4th at 8pm
Chanukah Blessings – December 5th at 8pm

Artsbreak with Erin Keane

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Every Thursday at 3:30pm, Erin Keane will give us her picks for the weekend shows, concerts and other arts events around Louisville. This first episode is heavy on the holiday shows. if you go to the shows, let us know what you think!

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A Christmas Carol, Actors Theatre of Louisville, opens Thursday, runs through Dec. 23 http://wfpl.org/post/occupy-fleet-street-dickens-christmas-carol-highlights-economic-inequality

The Nutcracker, Louisville Ballet, through Dec. 23, WHITNEY HALL  http://wfpl.org/post/cultural-marker-nutcracker-returns-live-music

Chanukah Chappens, The Bard’s Town, SATURDAY, two performances (7 and 8:30 p.m.)http://wfpl.org/post/chanukah-chappens-kicking-eight-nights-light

“Velma and Louise’s Holiday Balls” http://wfpl.org/post/pandora-fills-niche-irreverent-gay-themed-holiday-shows