THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24TH
Christmas Eve QED Morning Show
Jim Cunningham plays your holiday favorites on this Christmas Eve morning.
Begin the Christmas holiday with favorite carols old and new, from VocalEssence, led by Philip Brunelle. (APM)
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Live
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. (APM)
Carols from the World Round
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. Host David Wood takes listeners around the world introducing not only the sounds of the season but a snapshot of the way Christmas is celebrated in many countries. (PRX)
Christmas at the Movies
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. (WQXR)
Musical Gifts with Joshua Bell
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. (WQXR)
The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here
The Canadian Brass plays holiday favorites from their recent Christmas album, including the beloved Vince Guaraldi songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” (WQXR)
Polish Christmas Cheer
Polish holiday music, hosted by guest announcer Eva Tumiel Kozak. (Local)
Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes you on a one hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most cherished Christmas themed movies.
Christmas with the King’s Singers
It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend.
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. (WQXR)
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin
Five nights a week, Bill delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each 5-program series builds off a single theme, ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles, and time periods.
Caroling with the Singers
WQED-FM invites you to a Christmas Carol sing-along! The Minneapolis-based ensemble The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists present a program of Christmas favorites.