Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis

Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone! That's right: the Julian and the Hebrew calendars have aligned this year to create a day even more amazing than Hanukkah and more delicious than Thanksgiving. There won't be another until the year 79811! To honor this rare occasion, Cantor Benjamin Matis of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY in Long Island schools us on the history and music of Hanukkah.

Audio production by Todd “Toddfurky” Hulslander with a side of help and gravy from Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode includes:

– John Williams’ Star Wars (Main Theme)

– Ma’oz Tzur (Ashkenazi and Sephardic versions)

– George Frideric Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus (HWV 63)

– Richard Tucker singing “Sound an Alarm” (Judas Maccabaeus)

– David Paskin, The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah

Aaaand, of course, this gem:


Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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