2015 Thanksgiving Specials

Cantus 2015

Cantus is one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music, and food. (Thursday at 2pm)

EDUARD KREMSER, arr. Aaron Humble: We Gather Together (A Harvest Home)
BOBBY MCFERRIN: The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother) (That Eternal Day)
GRIEG: Brothers, Sing On!
JOHN T. HOCUTT, arr. Aaron Humble: A Thankful Heart (A Harvest Home)
LEE HOIBY: Last Letter Home
JASON MCCOY: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (A Harvest Home)
BYRON ADAMS: Eventide (A Harvest Home)
YSAYE BARNWELL: Wanting Memories
TRADITIONAL, arr. Chris Foss: Fiddle Tune (A Harvest Home)

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With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it’s Giving Thanks (Thursday at 9am and 8pm). New for 2015, two special guests: an artist in the kitchen, and an artist at the piano.

Christopher Kimball, founder, editor, and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, and host of public television’s most-watched cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. He’ll take us to his Vermont farm for a New England Thanksgiving, and talk about the experiences for which he’s most grateful.

Stephen Hough, world famous concert pianist, composer, prize-winning poet, and MacArthur genius. He’ll share his wonderful essay “Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving” which he wrote for the London Telegraph, and we’ll hear an excerpt from his favorite Thanksgiving author Willa Cather, plus his new Grieg album.

Also, Patrick Stewart reads autumn poems from John Keats and Antonio Vivaldi.

Ballard Madrigal Singers on Lunchtime Classics


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Thanksgiving Day Specials

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Enjoy these Thanksgiving Day specials from Classical 90.5:

Thanksgiving with Cantus (9am and 4pm): Cantus, one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, talk with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year’s special presentation will focus on gratitude for nourishment and all that surrounds us.

Giving Thanks with John Birge (10am and 8pm): With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Garrison Keillor reads “Minnesota Thanksgiving” by John Berryman, and to celebrate another poet with a centenary in 2014, Dylan Thomas reads his poem of praise “Fern Hill.” Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude.

New Year’s Day from Vienna

Photo: Richard Schuster

Edit: Please note time change to 11am

The Vienna Philharmonic knows how to ring in the new year: with a sold out concert. Luckily, you can hear it live on Classical 90.5 at 11am.  Let the black-eyed peas and collard greens cook while you listen to great waltzes from the Strauss’, and selections from operas by Franz von Suppé and Giuseppe Verdi.


Josef Strauss: The Soubrette, Fast Polka, op. 109
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Kiss Waltz, op. 400
Josef Strauss: Theater Quadrille, op. 213
Johann Strauss, Jr.: From the Mountains, Waltz, op. 292
Franz von Suppé: Overture to the Operetta “Light Cavalry”

Josef Strauss: Music of the Spheres, Waltz, op. 235
Josef Strauss: The Spinstress, Polka française, op. 192
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of the Romantic Opera “Lohengrin”, WWV 75
Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.: In Confidence, Polka mazur, op. 15
Josef Strauss: Hesperus’ Paths, Waltz, op. 279
Josef Strauss: The Runners, Fast Polka, op. 237
Joseph Lanner: Styrian Dances, op. 165
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Melodies Quadrille, op.112
Giuseppe Verdi: Prestissimo from the Ballet Music in Act III of the Opera “Don Carlo”
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Where the Lemon Trees Bloom, Waltz, op. 364
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Memories of Ernst or The Carnival of Venice, Fantasy, op. 126

A Chanticleer Christmas