A Chanukah Celebration on WHRO-FM
- Written by Wayla Chambo
- Category: Featured - Radio
- Published: 29 November 2018
As Chanukah begins this Sunday evening, join us for “A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella” from the WFMT Radio Network, airing at 10 p.m. on WHRO-FM. Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, hosts this inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include “I Have a Little Dreidel” (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of “S’vivon” by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for “Al-Hanissim” (“For the Miracles”) by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include “Lo Yisa Goy,” a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum’s stirring new version of “Haneirot Halalu”; and movements from the majestic “Hallel Suite” by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.
Listen at 90.3 FM or online.