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Celebrating Carols With 'Mr. Christmas'

We take our yearly look at seasonal music with our own “Mr. Christmas,” Ron Cohen, Robin Young of Here & Now’s former choirmaster at John F. Kennedy High School in Long Island.

Cohen joins Young for a selection of variations on Christmas carols, including several takes on one of the most beloved holiday songs of all time: “Silent Night.”

Songs In This Segment:

  • Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, “Mary Did You Know,” performed by Jordan Smith and Pentatonix
  • “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” performed by the John F. Kennedy High School Choir and Glad
  • Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr (English translation by John Young)

“Silent Night,” performed by Mahalia Jackson, Chris Botti, and Bing Crosby

  • Daniel Cantor, “Night of Silence,” performed by the Saint Olaf Choir
  • Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night), performed by Mannheim Steamroller
  • Guest

    • Ron Cohen, co-host Robin Young’s former choir director at the John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, Long Island.

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    Robin Young and Rob Cohen in the Here & Now studios. (Here & Now)
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    Robin Young and Rob Cohen in the Here & Now studios. (Here & Now)