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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Into the Light by Cantus

Cover of Into the Light by Cantus
Cover of Into the Light by Cantus

The vocal ensemble Cantus returns to our CD Spotlight with its first holiday release in more than a decade. Into the Light offers a new collection of songs for the season, with its trademark programming of sensitive and diverse selections, spanning five languages with a broad range of tunes, from Joni Mitchell to John Jacob Niles to a Christmas spiritual and a Filipino carol, as well as six new pieces created especially for Cantus. A delicate rendition of Clement Clark Moore’s beloved poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” set by Cantus member Chris Foss, will debut in our Holiday Songbook.

In this season of lights, a new collection of holiday music is always welcome, and Cantus gives us one we’ll come back to every year.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras was the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI Classical until June 30, 2023 when she retired after more than 26 years of service. She also hosted the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.