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Holiday Classics Stream

Enjoy the sounds of classical music throughout the holiday season with our seasonal all-holiday music stream, Holiday Classics, or listen to the Classical Stream. You can enjoy our Holiday Classics stream through January 6.


Peter Ostroushko
November 25, 8:00PM

New Standards
December 2-3, 8:00PM

New York Polyphony
December 9, 7:30PM

Mirth and Mischief
December 16-17, 8:00PM

Favorite Holiday Albums

Classical MPR's hosts were asked to provide a list of their favorite holiday albums to share:

John Birge

Mindy Ratner

Steve Staruch

Lynne Warfel

Alison Young

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.

Seasonal specials are presented on Classical Minnesota Public Radio stations and stream unless noted otherwise.


Giving Thanks with John Birge
Thursday, November 24, 9:00 am

A Thanksgiving Celebration with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, November 24, 12:00 pm

Thanksgiving with Cantus
Thursday, November 24, 5:00 pm

Giving Thanks (repeat)
Thursday, November 24, 8:00 pm


Candles Burning Brightly with Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock
Wednesday, December 21, 8:00 pm


100th annual St Olaf College Christmas Festival with Alison Young
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm
Also carried in movie theaters across the nation.

Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm

A Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock
Monday, December 12, 7:00 pm

Taste of the Holidays, presented by Steve Staruch
Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 pm

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Tuesday, December 13, 8:00 pm

Welcome Christmas! with VocalEssence
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm

1964: A Child's Christmas on the Willamette with Bill Morelock
Wednesday, December 14, 8:00 pm

A Chanticleer Christmas
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 pm

Christmas from Luther College
Thursday, December 15, 8:00 pm

Cantus Live from Westminster Presbyterian Church with Brian Newhouse
Friday, December 16, 10:30 am

Echoes of Christmas
Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm

Handel's Messiah performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, with Brian Newhouse
Friday, December 16, 8:00 pm

Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel (repeat)
Monday, December 19, 7:00 pm

Childhood of Christ by Hector Berlioz, performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Monday, December 19, 8:00 pm

Brother Heinrich's Christmas
Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm

Vaughan Williams: Hodie
Tuesday, December 20, 8:00 pm

Minnesota Choral Christmas
Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm

Echoes of Christmas (repeat)
Thursday, December 22, 7:00 pm

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble (repeat)
Thursday, December 22, 8:00 pm

St Olaf College Christmas Festival with Alison Young (repeat)
Friday, December 23, 7:00 pm

New York Polyphony Holiday Concert
Friday, December 23, 9:00 pm

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 24, 9:00 am

The Nutcracker Ballet with Alison Young
Saturday, December 24, 11:00 am

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (repeat)
Saturday, December 24, 5:00 pm

SymphonyCast presents J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 25, 1:00 pm

Welcome Christmas! with VocalEssence (repeat)
Sunday, December 25, 5:00 pm

New Year's

A Prairie Home Companion's Hawaiian New Year's Eve, with Garrison Keillor
Saturday, December 31, 10:00 pm

New Year's Day from Vienna
Sunday, January 1, 10:00 am

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Taste of the Holidays Taste of the Holidays Vol. 1
The 21 song collection gathers together holiday classics such as "Joy to the World" performed by Choral Arts Ensemble, "The Christmas Song" by the Dolce Wind Quartet, "Greensleeves" by The Copper Street Brass Quintet, among others. The cd features a wonderful selection of classical music along with delicious recipes from Lynne Rossetto Kasper and The Splendid Table.

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A Chanticleer Christmas


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.
2011 Holiday Music Picks

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The Splendid Table's "How to Weekends"
The Splendid Table's "How To Eat Weekends"
100 recipes and tips from The Splendid Table for your weekend cooking enjoyment!
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