Pass the Drumsticks

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By definition, the term holiday means a time of rest and relaxation. With the holiday season upon us, many of us will be sharing that leisure time with family and friends. Some of us may have even taken advantage of the highly contentious early arrival of holiday shopping that may soon become its own seasonal custom.

On this week'’s program host Terrance McKnight honors the longstanding tradition of family gatherings with recordings by family ensembles and music related to feasts and friendship.


Zuni Friendship Song


Chester Mahooty, vocals

Music of the World


German Requiem, Op. 45: How Lovely is thy dwelling place

Johannes Brahms Philharmonia Orchestra Otto Klemperer, conductor Philharmonia Chorus



Let Us Break Bread Together


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Alexander Gibson, conductor

Jessye Norman, soprano



Entendez tuit ensemble (Listen all together)

Gautier de Coincy

The Harp Consort

Andrew Lawrence-King, conductor Harmonia Mundi


The Nervous Family

Benjamin Lees

Young People’s Chorus of New York

Fransisco Nunez, conductor

Perspectives Ensemble

Vital Records


Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. posth

Maurice Ravel

The Ahn Trio



Slow Dance

Kenji Bunch

The Ahn Trio



Gobi Gloria

Lei Liang

Ying Quartet



Pohadka (Fairy Tale)

Leos Janacek

David Finkel, cello

Wu Han, piano


The Dolls

Heitor Villa Lobos

Sonya Rubinsky



Lulu’s Back in Town

Harry Warren

Ellis Marsalis, piano

Branford Marsalis, saxophone