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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: The Apple Tree: Christmas with Seraphic Fire

It’s snowing. And this is the music in my headphones:

That’s “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” also known as the “Huron Carol,” from the new Christmas album by the choir Seraphic Fire, “The Apple Tree.”

Neither the snow, nor a peaceful perfect moment with this music will last, but the music is lovely and simple right now.

There’s always more of a story old songs and how they change over time. For that context, here’s a good brief introduction to the history of the Huron Carol.

That’s just one track of this lovely new album of carols by Florida-based professional choir Seraphic Fire. Listen to the title track: “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree.”

Speaking of stories: I enjoyed learning more about the composer of that more modern Christmas classic (from 1967). It was written by Elizabeth Poston, who in addition to being a composer and pianist, was a fellow broadcaster: she worked for the BBC.

The rest of the music and its stories are yours to explore. You’ll hear Seraphic Fire singing for these seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on WXXI Classical over the next couple weeks as we spotlight this album through the beginning of new year.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.