Needing some great music to accompany your holiday activities? Tune into 90.9 WGUC for excellent classical programming for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year. You can also join us for several specials on the following days:
Thursday, December 22, 7:00 PM
St. Olaf Christmas Festival: 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, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Friday, December 23, 6:00 PM
A Chanticleer Christmas: A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."
Saturday, December 24, 10:00 AM
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) 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.
Sunday, December 25, 8:00 PM
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: ENCORE
Monday, December 26, 6:00 PM
Candles Burning Brightly: A one-hour celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Hanukkah foods and traditional activities ... and plenty of music.
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 PM
Music of Hanukkah: Our annual celebration with stories and music, hosted by Naomi Lewin.
Friday, December 30, 6:00 PM
Itzhak Perlman’s Hanukkah Radio Party: Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Hanukkah 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 Hanukkah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Hanukkah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Hanukkah Radio Party!
Sunday, January 1, 8:00 PM
New Year’s Day from Vienna 2017: The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.
90.9’s programming is also available on our website or with the free mobile app for those tuning in from out of town or if you’re traveling during the holidays!
From all of your friends at 90.9 WGUC, happy holidays!