Wissahickon H. S. Camerata Choir LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 11 AM

And now for some extra special holiday cheer on WRTI 90.1! Join WRTI Classical Host Gregg Whiteside on Tuesday, December 12th from 11 to 11:30 am as he introduces The Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir. The 35-member ensemble will sing a festive program of holiday music and other lovely songs LIVE from the WRTI Performance Studio!

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WRTI 90.1 brings you the holidays in all their sonic glory! Below are highlights from our carefully chosen selection of classical holiday favorites through January 1, 2018. Here's to a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2018. Season's greetings from all of your friends at WRTI!

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Each night as Jews around the world observe Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, the age-old song Maoz Tsur—"Rock of Ages" in Hebrew—is sung after the lighting of the candles on the menorah. 

You can take a bus or a car to the historic mansions of Fairmount Park this holiday season, but in the past a sleigh would have carried you there. Here’s WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston on the sights you may have seen along the way. 

John Devlin

Born in 1961 in New Orleans, jazz and classical trumpet player, and composer, Wynton Marsalis grew up playing in churches, jazz bands, and orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 2015 violin concerto reflects the varied musical landscape of America.

Looking for the perfect soundtrack for the holidays? Tired of the same old music? We've got a fix for that. We asked WRTI’s hosts and arts reporters to tell us their go-to holiday favorites. Here are their answers, and the memories, feelings, or just beautiful sounds that inspired them.

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