'The Nutcracker' sets the scene and the tone for the holiday season. Alison Young presents the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of Tchaikovsky's work and talks about its accompanying dance with Ballet Minnesota Artistic Director Andrew Rist.
Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Hanukkah. This year's program brings back Theodore Bikel's beautiful reading of Howard Schwartz's "The Lost Menorah," and there's plenty of charming music to highlight the history and traditions associated with the Jewish Festival of Lights.
New for 2017, Welcome Christmas is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a concert performance that 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.