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.

2015 Thanksgiving Specials

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

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EDUARD KREMSER, arr. Aaron Humble: We Gather Together (A Harvest Home)
BOBBY MCFERRIN: The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother) (That Eternal Day)
MALCOLM DALGLISH: Little Potato
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)
JOSEPH GREGORIO: To My Brother
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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Listen to the entire performance:

Watch highlights:

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

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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.

Program:

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