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HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
WQED-TV & CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 ANNOUNCE 2013 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 26, 2013

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
WQED-TV & Classical WQED-FM 893 Announce 2013 Holiday Schedule

PITTSBURGH—Holiday cheer is here! December is full of all your holiday favorites, so make WQED your one-stop-shop for all your holiday programming.

WQED’s TV holiday schedule will be as follows:

Friday, December 13

Silent Night premieres at 9 p.m.
We really get the holiday spirit by rolling out December with Silent Night. This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and British soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel, this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, “Silent Night” is sung in French, English, German, Italian, and Latin with English subtitles.

Thursday, December 19

Memories from the Table at 8 p.m.
Next up on the holiday playlist is Memories from the Table. This new episode will encore at 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 28 at 1:30 p.m. The documentary celebrates our deep connections to food through family, friends and traditions. Featured segments include a yearly gathering to make pierogi for Christmas, a student’s tribute to the culinary delights of her Italian and Hispanic grandmothers, a group of fraternity brothers who conduct an annual sausage making event, and more.
• Christmas on the Danube will air at 10:30 p.m.
Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is a true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling with the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits these cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Friday, December 20
Craft in America “Holiday” premieres at 9 p.m.
The Craft in America series visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. Using archival footage and interviews with some of the top artists in the country, this program showcases the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. This particular program presents a new thematic episode for the “Holiday” season.
Christmas at Belmont at 10 p.m.
As we come closer to Christmas, join us for Christmas at Belmont! Hosted by internationally renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir, to present this production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. The program features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and a mass choir.

Monday, December 23

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir airs at 9 p.m.
This Christmas special was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s first magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Featured performers include the renowned voices of the St. Olaf Choir, the premier mixed voice choral ensemble from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, conducted by Anton Armstrong and Jentekor, the girl choir of Nidaros conducted by Anita Brevik. The program showcases the rich choral music traditions of two countries, presenting traditional Christmas hymns and carols in both Norwegian and English as well as accompaniment by a string quartet, piano, organ and Hardanger Fiddle, a traditional Norwegian instrument. The St. Olaf Choir, the pioneer a cappella choir in the U.S., has a long standing relationship with Norway, dating back to 1874 when St. Olaf college was founded by a group of Norwegian-American pastors.

Tuesday, December 24
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs at 8 p.m.
Tune in with us as well as the rest of the nation for this special that promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw at 9 p.m.
This popular Christmas program returns with Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and journalist Tom Brokaw as they join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a holiday concert performance.
Frontline: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight
Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, Frontline transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. This program traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus’ death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. New evidence suggests that Jesus’ followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways.

Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day
Tracks of Imagination at 1 p.m.
It’s not the holidays without a fantastic model train. This December, ride the miniature rails as we follow the creative team of Applied Imagination. This Alexandria, Kentucky-based studio creates spectacular holiday and seasonal train displays that delight crowds at botanical gardens across the United States. Their work has delighted visitors to botanical gardens in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, and many other cities. These spectacular holiday and seasonal garden railway displays combine model trains with an array of miniature buildings-many of them city landmarks, all of which are historically accurate, architecturally correct, and created completely from botanical materials. The program also focuses on founder Paul Busse and his lifelong love of trains and shows the collaborative process that he and his team undertake to envision, create, and install one of their elaborate displays.
A St. Thomas Christmas: All is Well airs at 2 p.m.
The Purdue Christmas Show 2012 shows at 3 p.m.
The annual Purdue Christmas Show, one of Indiana’s most time-honored traditions, returns to public television for the 2013 holiday season. The Purdue Christmas Show delights viewers of all ages with entertaining vocal and instrumental arrangements of holiday favorites, both traditional and modern, sacred and secular. A cast of more than 250 campus and community performers from the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, Purdue Bells, University Choir, Heart & Soul, All Campus & Community Chorale and the PMO Kids Choir fill the campus’ 6,000-seat Elliott Hall of Music with the sights, sounds and spirit of the holidays. This production, taped over two days in December 2012, features engaging storylines, humorous and touching theatrical moments, and elaborate sets and costumes. This year’s set-list includes a jazzy version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” a Jersey Boys-style take on Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph,” the holiday pop tunes “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “The Man with the Bag,” and traditional carols “Silent Night” and “We Three Kings.”
Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience: Spirit of the Season at 4 p.m.
B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert from 5-6 p.m.
Each holiday season, recording and performing artist B.E. Taylor draws loyal fans and first-time concert-goers alike to his annual Christmas tour. Now, Taylor makes his national public television debut with an entertaining holiday special recorded at a festively decorated concert hall adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths and white lights. The one-hour concert features Taylor’s modern arrangements of perennial Christmas favorites. Backed by two singers, a drummer, a keyboardist/saxophonist and several guitar players, Taylor infuses traditional songs with a contemporary feel. The set list includes: “Away in the Manger,” “O’ Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Feel the Love of Christmas,” “What Child is This?” “Light of the Stable,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Hard the Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “Joy to the World.”
Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone” at 8 p.m.
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. Nature journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.

Thursday, December 26
OnQ Christmas Stories: Through the Years at 8 p.m.
From the WQED archives, a collection of OnQ favorites wrapped up in a holiday package. Featured stories: Belle Vernon Santa Suit Factory (2001), WVU Poinsettias (2003), Kaufmann’s Last Christmas (2005), Hartwood Acres Lights (2003).
OnQ Christmas Stories: Through the Years II at 8:30 p.m.
Another collection of OnQ holiday feature stories from the OnQ archives. Selected stories: Christmas at Clayton (2001), Designer Christmas Stockings (2001), Christmas Tree & A Haircut (2006), B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert (2001), A Christmas Story House (2007).

Tuesday, December 31

Frontline: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians from 10 p.m. to midnight
In this second program, Frontline examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. The film looks at another bloody Jewish war against Rome, the second revolt, assessing its impact on the Christianity movement. The broadcast documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.

Classical WQED-FM 89.3’s holiday schedule will be as follows:

Thursday, November 28
Giving Thanks from 5 – 7 p.m.
Today your family shares common blessings and a bountiful meal. John Birge brings to the table music, stories, and thoughtful reflections on the meaning of Thanksgiving.
A Simple Thanksgiving from 7 – 9 p.m.
Two hours of quiet, uninterrupted music – the perfect accompaniment to relaxing after Thanksgiving dinner. Hosted by Ted Sohier.
Eight Nights of Chanukah (through December 5th, every evening around 4:55 p.m.)
Host Naomi Lewin tells the stories, and talks about the customs of Chanukah, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, traditional foods, and why Chanukah is so hard to spell. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.

Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving with Cantus from 6 – 7 p.m.
Join Cantus, one of America’s most accomplished vocal ensembles, for a special Thanksgiving program.

Saturday, November 30
Chanukah in Story and Song from 8 - 9 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy and the Western Wind with a musical celebration spanning Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies from Europe, and modern Israeli tunes.
A Taste of Chanukah from 9 – 10 p.m.
Theodore Bikel hosts a joyous Chanukah concert for the whole family, with traditional and contemporary storytelling and music from more than 150 musicians of the New England Conservatory and Boston Community Choir.

Sunday, December 1

Sunday Baroque from 7 – 11 a.m.
This year Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, will be celebrated from November 28 until December 5. Sunday Baroque's variety of seasonal selections will include highlights from George Frederic Handel's stirring oratorio JUDAS MACCABAEUS.

Monday, December 2
Candles Burning Brightly from 8 – 9 p.m.
Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock explore the customs and music of the Chanukah holiday.

Tuesday, December 3
Eternal Echoes for Chanukah from 8 – 9 p.m.
Host James David Jacobs welcomes violinist Itzhak Perlman and the New England Conservatory’s Hankus Netsky to explore the musical common ground of Jewish sacred music from diverse cultures.

Wednesday, December 4

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concert – Live at 7:30 p.m.
The most intimate Christmas concert in Pittsburgh is always sold out, so host Ted Sohier saves you the best seats in the house on the radio as the Heinz Chapel Choir processes down the center aisle for a candlelit concert in the hushed atmosphere of Heinz Chapel.
• A Great Miracle Happened There from 10 - 11 p.m.
Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

Thursday, December 5

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert – Live at 8 p.m.
Jim Cunningham hosts WQED-FM 89.3’s LIVE broadcast of the CMU Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic.

Friday, December 6

Performance in Pittsburgh from 7 – 9 p.m.
A rebroadcast of the annual Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert.

Sunday, December 8
Harmonia from 6 – 7 a.m.
We've handpicked some recordings, new and old, to help brighten up your holiday festivities. Join us for medieval Christmas carols and seasonal works by Biber, Schutz, and more.
Advent Voices from 11 a.m. – noon
Host Lynn Warfel presents an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Thursday, December 12
River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular Concert – Live at 7:30 p.m.
A live broadcast of the River City Brass Christmas Concert live from Carnegie Music Hall. Ted Sohier hosts.

Friday, December 13

Performance in Pittsburgh from 7 – 9 p.m.
The University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club Holiday Concert, directed by Richard Teaster.

Sunday, December 15

Harmonia from 6 – 7 a.m.
A celebration of Christmas on Harmonia with music from a variety of traditions. We'll explore the original tunes of two well-known carols, hear music based on legends of Saint Nicholas, and sample Byzantine chant sung during the Christmas season. Plus, baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire offers a gift of Celtic holiday music in our featured release.

Friday, December 20
Performance in Pittsburgh from 7 – 9 p.m.
A Victorian Holiday. The Mendelssohn Choir sings Christmas Carols as Rev. Vance Torbert reads from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol.

Saturday, December 21
An Operavore’s Christmas from noon – 1 p.m.
Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

Sunday, December 22
Harmonia from 6 – 7 a.m.
When Santa and his reindeer make the rounds this Christmas, what tunes do you suppose the big guy will have playing over his sleigh stereo system? We're taking our best guess on this edition of Harmonia. Tune in for a playlist of holiday samplings from an array of early music recordings - new and old.
Sunday Baroque from 7 – 11 a.m.
Sunday Baroque celebrates with warm and meaningful holiday music from a much simpler time, including selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO.
A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico from 11 a.m. – noon
Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul Church in Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season.

Monday, December 23
Christmas at the Movies from 8 – 9 p.m.
The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included.
Exploring Music (through Friday December 27, 9 – 10 p.m.)
An exploration of Bach’s six cantatas, premiered at Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in 1734, that mark the period from Christmas to Epiphany.

Tuesday, December 24

Welcome Christmas from 9 – 10 a.m.
Begin the Christmas holiday with favorite carols old and new, from VocalEssence, a regular favorite on A Prairie Home Companion.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – Live from Kings College, Cambridge, England from 10 a.m. – noon.
The tradition began in 1918, the BBC broadcasts in 1929, and they’ve been on the air ever since for millions worldwide. Join that one, clear, innocent voice opening Once in Royal David’s City, for THE worldwide Christmas service of carols and spiritual texts.
Nutcracker Suite from 6 – 8 p.m.
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s entire holiday favorite performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons.
Joshua Bell and Friends from 8 – 9 p.m.
Violinist Joshua Bell performs seasonal music from his new CD, “Musical Gifts” with special guests including pianist/singer Frankie Moreno and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
A Chanticleer Christmas from 10 – 11 p.m.
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional and best-loved Christmas songs from Gregorian chant to Gospel.
Anonymous 4 from 11 p.m. – midnight
For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.

Wednesday, December 25

St. Olaf Christmas Festival from 6 – 8 a.m.
One of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations, a service in song and word from more than 500 student musicians in hymns, carols, choral and orchestral works celebrating the Nativity.
Leroy Anderson Christmas from 8 – 9 a.m.
Hosted by Leonard Slatkin and the composer’s son Kurt Anderson, this program features Anderson’s holiday works including his “Sleigh Ride”, Suite of Carols for String Orchestra and more.
Local Holiday Music from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rebroadcasts of local holiday concerts by Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz Chapel Choir, River City Brass, and the Pitt Men’s Glee Club.
Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert from 4 – 6 p.m.
Host Kerry Frumkin guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Praetorius, Paulus, Gabrieli, Monteverdi and others.
Canadian Brass from 6 – 7 p.m.
The ensemble will play holiday favorites from their new Christmas album, including the beloved Vince Guaraldi songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Tallis Scholars: Love is Better than Wine from 7 – 8 p.m.
For their 25th Anniversary tour of the US, the globally-revered vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a truly sublime holiday program in a concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square.
Glad Tidings of Great Joy from 8 – 9 p.m.
Go from medieval England and Germany to baroque London and Leipzig. From the glorious cathedral chant, Veni Emmanuel, to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, the program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from northern Europe.
Carols the World Round from 10 p.m. – midnight
A celebration of the music and traditions that make up the Christmas season from the plains of Africa to the hills of Appalachia and beyond

Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve from First Night from 6 p.m. - midnight
Celebrate the close of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 as WQED-FM 89.3 broadcasts from our Carolyn M. Byham studio in the Cultural District for First Night festivities. Hear a live broadcast of River City Brass at 9pm from the Byham Theater.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year’s Day from Vienna from 11a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to begin the new year.
Gala First Day Concert with Boston Baroque – Live from 3 – 5 p.m.
Martin Perlman conduct’s Boston Baroque’s period-instrument orchestra in concertos by Corelli and Telemann. Live from Sanders Theater in Harvard Square.

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