Happy Holidays from all of us at Classical Minnesota Public Radio! We're glad you stopped by the website to explore our holiday offerings. We hope you find the music is a kind of companion for December, whether you're getting ready for and celebrating the holidays or simply looking for great music. We're working to find that sweet spot in what we offer on air a balance that meets the needs of those in the holiday spirit, and those who cherish the beauty of our traditional classical music. If your tastes tend toward the latter, and you'd like a little lighter holiday touch, we've made our Classical 24 stream available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whichever your tastes, thanks for including Classical MPR in your life!
Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio stations for these holiday specials listed below which feature Minnesota touches, including the Minnesota Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance of Berlioz's Childhood of Christ, and the Chanukah special Candles Burning Brightly with Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts Bill Morelock and Mindy Ratner.
Candles Burning Brightly: The Music and Traditions of Chanukah
Tuesday, November 30, 7 p.m.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 5, 3:30 p.m.
Handel's Messiah performed by the Minnesota Orchestra
Friday, December 10, 8 p.m.
A Hollywood Holiday
Monday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Childhood of Christ by Hector Berlioz, performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Monday, December 13, 8 p.m.
Taste of the Holidays, Volume II, part 1
Tuesday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Brother Heinrich's Christmas with the King's Singers
Tuesday, December 14, 7 p.m.
An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Tuesday, December 14, 8 p.m.
Welcome Christmas! with VocalEssence
Wednesday, December 15, 7 p.m.
Hark! the Herald Divas Sing
Wednesday, December 15, 8 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas
Thursday, December 16, 7 p.m.
Christmas from Luther College
Thursday, December 16, 8 p.m.
Cantus at Westminster
Friday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.
Echoes of Christmas
Friday, December 17, 7 p.m.
A Scandinavian Christmas with the Minnesota Orchestra, Twin Cities Girls Chorus and Minnesota Boychoir
Friday, December 17, 8 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas (repeat)
Sunday, December 19, 12 p.m.
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet
Monday, December 20, 7 p.m.
Welcome Christmas! with VocalEssence (repeat)
Monday, December 20, 8:30 p.m.
Taste of the Holidays, Volume II, part 2
Tuesday, December 21, 6 p.m.
Taste of the Holidays, Volume I
Tuesday, December 21, 7 p.m.
An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble (repeat)
Wednesday, December 22, 7 p.m.
Echoes of Christmas (repeat)
Wednesday, December 22, 8 p.m.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival (repeat)
Thursday, December 23, 7 p.m.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 24, 9 a.m.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (repeat)
Friday, December 24, 5 p.m.
Childhood of Christ by Hector Berlioz, performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (repeat)
Sunday, December 26, 1 p.m.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Saturday, January 1, 3:30 p.m.
New Year's Day from Vienna
Saturday, January 1, 7 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion LIVE
A special live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Elvis Costello, Heather Masse, Robin & Linda Williams, Jearlyn & Jevetta Steele along with the Guy's All Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors. Enjoy great music, songs and sketches. It's a fun filled two hours which would make a perfect companion on any occassion!
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Gifts for the Classical Music Lover
ArkivMusic presents a collection of the best classical music for gift-giving this holiday season. Including rare and value-priced items, this gift guide contains something for any classical music lover.
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