WQED FM Holiday Programming Schedule

Thu Nov 24 | Thu Dec 8 | Fri Dec 9 | Thu Dec 15 | Fri Dec 16 | Tue Dec 20 | Wed Dec 21 |  Wed Dec 22Wed Dec 23Wed Dec 24 | Sat Dec 25 | Fri Jan 1

Tune into WQED-FM's Q the Music station to hear 24/7 local holiday music from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day! We've assembled your commercial free holiday soundtrack featuring a multitude of local ensembles, artists and composers. It’s all local, all the time, and available to you online, on smart speakers and the WQED app.

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Thursday, November 24

Every Good Thing
6 - 7pm

On Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from all around the country take some time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. It's "Every Good Thing" — an hour of stories and music to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Giving Thanks
7 - 9pm

Giving Thanks brings music and stories together for thoughtful reflection on the meaning of the holiday.  Whether you're up early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

The Thanksgiving Visitor
10 - 11pm

Truman Capote reads his classic – The Thanksgiving Visitor.

 

Thursday, December 8

CMU Philharmonic Live
8 - 10 pm

A live broadcast of the CMU Philharmonic and Chorus December concert – live from Carnegie Music Hall. Andres Cardenes and Daniel Nesta Curtis conduct Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Friday, December 9

Heinz Chapel Choir Live
8 - 9:30 pm

A live broadcast of the Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday concert from Heinz Chapel, directed by Dr. Susan Rice.

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Thursday, December 15

River City Brass Live
7:30 – 10 pm

A live broadcast of the River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular from Carnegie Music Hall.

 

Friday, December 16

Performance in Pittsburgh
7 – 9 pm

A broadcast of the 2022 Pitt Men’s Glee Club and University of Pittsburgh Women’s Chorale Holiday concert. Recorded at First Baptist Church on December 10, 2022.

Monday, December 19

Chanukah in Story and Song 2022
6 - 7 pm

Manfred Honeck leads the orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and solosts in Handel’s Messiah.

A Chanticleer Christmas
7 - 8 pm

Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

Winter Holidays Around the World
8 - 9 pm

Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Bill McGlaughlin is your host.

Tuesday, December 20

Live from Pittsburgh International Airport
7 - 10 am & 2 - 6 pm

We get you ready for your holiday travels with a live broadcast in front of the big Christmas Tree at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
6 - 7 pm

Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly.  This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. (WQXR)

A Dear Friend’s Christmas

7 - 8 pm

The Ballad of the Brown King and Other Music for Christmas by Black Composers
8 - 9 pm

Dr. Louise Toppin, a noted performer and scholar who specializes in the concert repertoire of African American composers, presents the world premiere recording of Margaret Bonds’s The Ballad of the Brown King. With a libretto by Langston Hughes, this Christmas cantata which focuses on Balthazar, the dark-skinned king who journeyed to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus Christ, is beautifully interpreted by New York City-based The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra, soloists soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and tenor Noah Stewart, led by Malcolm J. Merriweather.

 

Wednesday, December 21

Candles Burning Brightly
6 - 7 pm

Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock explore the customs and music of the Chanukah holiday.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio
7 - 9 pm

Manfred Honeck leads the orchestra in Vivian Fung’s “A Child’s Dream of Toys” and Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Nutcracker. James Ehnes plays the Barber Violin Concerto.

Thursday, December 22

A Taste of Chanukah
6 - 7 pm

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.

Polish Christmas Cheer
7 - 8 pm

Polish holiday music, hosted by guest announcer Eva Tumiel Kozak.

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays
8 - 9 pm

An hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), Michael shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

Friday, December 23

Jim & Rick Play Holiday Classics
7 -10 am

Rick Sebak joins Jim Cunningham for 3 hours of holiday music and storytelling.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago A Cappella
6 - 7 pm

This inspiring and informative program features choral music set to Chanukah texts. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provided added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. (WFMT)

 

Saturday, December 24

Thiel College Choir Holiday Concert and Harp Society
7 - 9 am

Hear the Thiel College Holiday Concert, recorded at First Lutheran Church on Friday November 22, 2019. Plus hear the Holiday Harp Ensemble concert from the lobby of Carnegie Music Hall from December 10, 2019.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Live
10am - Noon

An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Welcome Christmas
Noon - 1 pm

Welcome Christmas! is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
4 - 6 pm

This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Jim & Rick Play Holiday Classics (repeat)
6 - 9 pm

Rick Sebak joins Jim Cunningham for 3 hours of holiday music and storytelling.

A Christmas Memory
9 - 10 pm

Truman Capote reads this traditional classic.

Saturday, December 25

All Is Bright
11 am - Noon

Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Pitt Men’s Glee Club
Noon - 1:30 pm

A broadcast of the 2022 Pitt Men’s Glee Club and University of Pittsburgh Women’s Chorale Holiday concert. Recorded at First Baptist Church on December 10, 2022.

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concert
1:30 - 3 pm

A rebroadcast of the Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday concert from Heinz Chapel

River City Brass Live
3 - 5 pm

A rebroadcast of the River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular from Carnegie Music Hall.

CMU Philharmonic (repeat)
5 - 7 pm

A rebroadcast of the CMU Philharmonic and Chorus December concert – live from Carnegie Music Hall. Andres Cardenes and Daniel Nesta Curtis conduct Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio (repeat)
7 - 9 pm

Manfred Honeck leads the orchestra in Vivian Fung’s “A Child’s Dream of Toys” and Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Nutcracker. James Ehnes plays the Barber Violin Concerto.

Monday, December 26

A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe
6 - 7 pm

Illuminate the Festival of Lights with this fascinating journey into the rich and varied melodic traditions of countries where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries.  This program includes Jewish music from Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Central Asia ...and Africa!  You'll hear performances from top New York ensembles East of the River, Shashmaqam, and the Marty Levitt Klezmer Orchestra – plus a recording of the astounding Jewish community of Putti Village, in Uganda. 

 

Sunday, January 1

New Year’s Day from Vienna
11 – 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.