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Classical 101 2023 Holiday Programming

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This December, Classical 101 marks the holiday season with a variety of specials and daily local selections from our hosts.

The Hanukkah special “Candles Burning Brightly” returns this year with host Mindy Ratner. You can hear it on December 10 at 10 a.m.

The week leading up to Christmas will feature a holiday special each night in addition to the festive and lovely selections played by our hosts throughout the day. Some annual favorites include A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, the traditional St. Olaf Christmas Festival, and A Chanticleer Christmas.

You can also enjoy some new specials including “In Winter’s Glow” for the Solstice, “Christmas as Home” with the acclaimed Imani Winds, and a New Year’s Eve Celebration with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Don’t miss Handel’s Messiah with local favorite ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Plus, the perennial favorite “New Year’s Day from Vienna.”

Let the music on Classical 101 provide the perfect soundtrack for your holiday season. If you are traveling, listen on the WOSU Public Media mobile app or online.

Hanukkah Music
Dec 10 at 10 a.m.: Candles Burning Brightly

Christmas Music
Monday, Dec 18, 8 p.m.: Welcome Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 19, 8 p.m.: A Chanticleer Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 20, 8 p.m.: Carols as Home with Imani Winds

Thursday Dec 21, 8 p.m.: In Winter’s Glow

Friday, Dec 22, 7 p.m.: Front Row Center Christmas

Friday, Dec 22, 9 p.m.: Your Christmas Favorites

Saturday, Dec 23

  • 8 a.m.: All is Bright
  • 9 a.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival
  • 12 p.m.: Saturday Cinema

Sunday, Dec 24

  • 6-10 a.m.: Sunday Baroque
  • 10 a.m.: Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge
  • Noon: Carols as Home with Imani Winds
  • 1-3 p.m.: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah

New Year’s Eve
10 p.m.: MN Orchestra NY’s Celebration

New Year’s Day
11 a.m.: New Year’s Day from Vienna

All listings are subject to change.

Classical 101 Program Director Cheryl Dring moved to Columbus in 2016, having worked in public radio since college. With stops in Austin, Madison, Dayton, Sacramento, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana, she has seen much of the country through the lens of public radio and local arts.