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Embrace the darker, cozier days with music for the winter solstice

 A single candle reflects in a frost-covered window.
Anne Nygård
Embrace the shorter days with music to celebrate the winter solstice.

Celebrate and enjoy the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, with music encouraging you to slow down during shorter days. Hear pieces inspired by the beginning of winter, plus a dusting of pieces taken from different faith traditions.

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Winter Solstice
by Merryl Katherine Beille
Khanyisile Mthetwa - flute, Peter Cartwright - piano

by Raphael Imbert
Raphael Imbert - saxophone, Karol Beffa - piano

Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 5
by Bela Bartok, arr. by Michael P. Atkinson
The Knights

Another Lonely Christmas
by Christina Courtin
The Knights; Krystle Warren - vocals

Haneros Haluli
Traditional, arr. by Colin Jacobsen
The Knights

Huron Carol Interlude
by Kelly-Marie Murphy
La Pieta; Angele Dubeau - violin

Hodie Christus Natus Est
by Kelly-Marie Murphy
Morna Edmundson and the Elektra Women's Choir; Vivian Chen - harp

String Quartet No. 1 - Pearl German - I. Winter
by Jonathan Leshnoff
Carpe Diem String Quartet

Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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