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Classical WMHT-FM Holiday 2018

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Tune into WMHT-FM (89.1/88.7) or listen online all during the month of December and enjoy the music of the holiday season.


"Candles Burning Brightly" | 12.1 at 4pm
Enlighten audiences with this one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner hosts this holiday favorite and exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

"Chanukah in Story and Song 2018" | 12.2 at 5pm
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.

The Many Moods of Christmas 2018 | 12.7 at 6pm & 12.23 at 6pm
Artistic Director and Conductor of Albany Pro Musica Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo hosts this eclectic mix of choral favorites for the season. Music of Handel, Morton Lauridsen, Tchaikovsky and so much more.

Most Wonderful Time | 12.7 at 7pm & 12.16 at 6pm 
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Charles Peltz
hosts this wonderful program of light classics and favorites for the season.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas | 12.8 at 4pm & 12.23 at 5pm
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.

A Baroque Christmas in the New World 2018 | 12.9 at 4pm & 12.24 at 5pm
In celebration of the holiday season, "A Baroque Christmas in the New World 2018" offers music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by Sumaya — most of which comes from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya's own hand.

"Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" | 12.9 at 5pm & 12.22 at 4pm
The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Don't miss this annual favorite hosted by Julie Amacher.

"Welcome Christmas!" | 12.15 at 4pm
A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

"A Chanticleer Christmas" | 12.16 at 4pm & 12.25 at 2pm
Celebrate the season with song. Brian Newhouse hosts this unique, one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices."

"Chatham Baroque: A Jubilant Season 2018” | 12.16 at 5pm & 12.23 at 4pm
Ring in the holiday season with Baroque music from internationally-renowned Chatham Baroque. Each year, the Pittsburgh-based ensemble presents dazzling historically-informed interpretations of 17th and 18th-century music at Chatham University!


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | 12.24 at 10am LIVE & 12.25 at 3pm
An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.
This year’s broadcast will be the last service for Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel Music Director, who has conducted the chapel choir since 1982. Cleobury will retire from his King’s College post at the end of the 2019 school term.


St. Olaf Christmas Festival | 12.24 at 3pm & 12.25 at 5pm
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. Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

MESSIAH with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2018 | 12.24 at 6pm
Handel's much-adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression.