Itzhak Perlman

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This year as in the past Red River Radio celebrates Passover with the following series of specials. We hope you and your family will enjoy.

Why This Night With Rabbi Ismar Schorsch: Airs Sunday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover.

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Airs Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Klezmer Conservatory Band founder Hankus Netsky join WCRB's James David Jacobs to share music and memories of Passover from diverse traditions.

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Airs Monday, April 25, at 1 p.m. The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

Airs Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m. Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.

Airs Thursday, September 17 at 9 p.m. Music for the High Holidays from WQXR is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The show has both  traditional and composed   music from Jewish services-- including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman --  as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.  Written and hosted by WQXR afternoon announcer Naomi Lewin,  Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions.