Candles Burning Brightly

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Candles burning brightly in Mindy Ratner's menorah. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
59min : Candles Burning Brightly

Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

Program

Dov Frimer, arr H Netsky/J Jacobson - Al Hanissim (Hebrew) - Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Traditional, arr J Miller - Shehecheyanu (Hebrew) - Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Chaim Parchi, arr J Jacobson - Aleh Neiri (Hebrew) - Chaim Parchi, soloist; Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda, arr H Netsky - Ocho Candelikas (Ladino) - Soloists and New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)

Leo Low, arr L Moore - Likhtelekh (Yiddish) - Coro Hebraeico/Neil Levin (Naxos 8.559410)

Traditional/Oujda, Morocco - Hanerot Hallalu ("These Light We Kindle") (Hebrew) - Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional, arr A. Binder - Maoz Tsur "Rock of Ages" (Hebrew)

Italian chant - Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Benedetto Marcello - Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Hugo Chaim Adler - Maoz Tsur

Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

David Weintraub - Eight Bright Candles - Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Break bed: Samuel Adler - To Celebrate a Miracle (excerpt) - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony/Rodney Winther (Naxos 8.559410)

Theodore Bikel reads "The Lost Menorah" by Howard Schwartz from Adam's Soul: The Collected Tales of Howard Schwartz (published by Jason Aronson in 1992; now out of print); used with the kind permission of the author

Scott Robinson - Great is the Miracle, mvt II - Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Shelley Olson - Blessing for A Chanukah Cantata - Rosemary Quinn-Milch, cello (Maju Music 00-1.1)

Traditional Sephardic/Adrianopoli, Greece - Quital'tas (Ladino) - Piffaro, with Julianne Baird (rec live in concert, Dec 3, 2011)

Yiddish Folk Song - Bulbes "Potatoes" - Emil Decameron and His Orchestra, rec Vienna 1959 (Vanguard Classics OVC 6005)

Mikhl Gelbart, arr Mark Zuckerman - Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl (Yiddish) - Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Traditional, arr J Jacobson - Drey, Dreydelekh (Yiddish) - Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda - Hanuka (Ladino) - Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional Klezmer - Keshenev Bulgar - New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)

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Menorah with the Star of David, courtesy Joann Cragoe MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Winged Menorah, courtesy Mindy Ratner MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Menorah, courtesy Joann Cragoe MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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A contemporary Menorah. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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A Menorah from Joann Cragoe's collection. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Menorah courtesy Mitzi Gramling. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Menorah courtesy Mindy Ratner MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Menorah from Mindy Ratner's collection MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Mindy Ratner lights the candles. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Returning the shamash to its place of honor. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Candles Burning Brightly MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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The Menorah that Mindy Ratner found in a curio shop in Philadelphia's Chinatown. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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A modern, festive Menorah from Mindy Ratner's collection. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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Menorah from Mitzi Gramling's collection. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan
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One of Mindy Ratner's Menorahs. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan