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Chanukah Programs Light Up KPAC & KTXI

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Two specials dedicated to the Festival of Lights brighten the airwaves on Monday evening, December 15, the day before the start of Chanukah. 

Beginning at 7 p.m. that night, join the superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman for his "Chanukah Radio Party" as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday.  This one-hour special includes evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.  The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel.

Following that program, join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, "Candles Burning Brightly." Hear 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.

“Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party” and "Candles Burning Brightly" both air Monday, December 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KPAC 88.3 FM in San Antonio and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country.

This broadcast is made possible by The Jewish Federation of San Antonio, the spark that rekindles community every day.

Candles Burning Brightly 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 fr 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)