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Hanukkah with Itzhak Perlman and Friends on WRTI 90.1: Sunday, December 17th, 3 to 5 PM

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with WRTI!

First, Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Hanukkah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of Hanukkah and shares his favorite recordings to celebrate the holiday—evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes, and Hanukkah gems by American folk singers.

The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. Fun for the whole family!

At 4 pm, there's more! Minnesota Public Radio presents Candles Burning Brightly! There's plenty of music from both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish communities, plus an exploration of well-loved holiday traditions.

Join us to take part in this glorious holiday. Hanukkah lasts for eight days, and begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12th and lasts until sundown on December 19th.

Playlist for Itzhak Perlman’s Hanukkah Radio Party:

Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages)
Kristen Gygi, flute

Hava Narimah (Let’s Raise the Banner and Torch)
Music by George Frideric Handel, words by Levin Kipnis
Cindy Paley, singer
Chanukah: A Singing Celebration

See the Conquering Hero Comes
from “Judas Maccabaeus” by George Frideric Handel
The King’s Consort, Choir of New College, Oxford
Robert King, conductor
Handel: Judas Maccabaeus

Sound an Alarm
from “Judas Maccabaeus” by George Frideric Handel
Richard Tucker, tenor

Chanukiah Li-Yesh (I Have a Chanukiah)
Hannah Aharoni, singer
Hed Arzi

Chanukah Blessings
Ilene Safyan, singer           
Just in Time for Chanukah

Avi Hidlik (My Father Lit the Candles)
Geula Gill with Dov Seltzer and Group
Holiday Songs of Israel

The Latke Song
Written and performed by Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman: Live At The Del
Sounds Write Productions

Levivot (Pancakes)
Geula Gill with Dov Seltzer and Group
Holiday Songs of Israel

Hazeremos Una Merenda (Let’s Make a Meal)
Phillis Elaine Clark and Cheryl Bensman Rowe, singers
The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
The Chanukkah Story
Western Wind Records

Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles)
Written and performed by Flory Jagoda
Kantikas Di Mi Nona
Altaras Recordings

I Have a Little Dreydle
By Michael Gelbart
Theme played on recorder
The Chanukkah Story
Western Wind Records

Variations on a theme from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabeus” Variations 10, 11 (partial)
By Ludwig van Beethoven
Mischa Maisky, cello and Martha Argerich, piano
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Al Hanisim (For the Miracles) from “Hanukkah Cantata”
By David Ludwig
Tune by Dov Frimer
Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
Matthew Glandorf, conductor
Choral Music of David Ludwig

Al Hanisim (For the Miracles)
Music by Dov Frimer, arranged by Hankus Netsky
Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, singer
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Hankus Netsky, piano
Recorded live at the National Menorah Lighting, 2010
Courtesy of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad)

Mi Yimalel (Who Can Retell)
Kol Yisrael Choir

Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah from “To Celebrate a Miracle”
by Samuel Adler
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony
Rodney Winther, conductor
A Hanukka Celebration
Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, Naxos

Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah
Pete Seeger, singer and banjo
With Voices Together We Sing

O Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh (O You Little Lights)
Music by Zavel Zilberts, words by Morris Rosenfeld; arranged by Hankus Netsky
Judy Bressler, singer
Hankus Netsky, piano
Oy Chanukah!

Nerot Chanukah (Chanukah Lights)
Hannah Aharoni, singer

Or (Light)
By Naomi Shemer
Shoshana Damari, singer
Hed Artzi

Light One Candle
Written and performed by Peter Yarrow
Celebrate Hanukkah
Sweet Louise Music           

Music by Judy Frankel, text by Lina Kohen Albukrek
Judy Frankel, singer
Celebrate Hanukkah
Sweet Louise Music           

Svivon (Spinning)
Hannah Aharoni

I Had a Little Dreidel
By Michael Gelbart
Rachel Buchman, singer, with children
Shine Little Candles: Chanukah Songs for Children
Concord Music Group

I Have a Little Dreydel
by Michael Gelbart, arranged by Matthew Lazar
Mat Zaitchick, soloist
Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, conductor
Lights: Music for Chanukah

Drei dreidele (Spin the Dreidel)
Moishe Oysher, singer
Moishe Oysher: Passover Seder, Kol Nidre & Chanukah Party
Leisure Time Music

Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages)
Kol Yisrael Choir