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St. Olaf Christmas Festival
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. (APM)


Nutcracker Suite
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s entire holiday favorite performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons. (Local)


Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Holiday Show
Holiday hits from the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. (Local)


Local Holiday Music
Rebroadcasts of local holiday concerts, including The Dear Friends Christmas (10-11am); The Pittsburgh Oratorio Society Christmas Concert (11-1pm); the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Holiday Concert (1-2pm);  the Heinz Chapel Choir (2-3:30pm), Pitt Men’s Glee Club (3:30pm to 5pm); the River City Brass (5-7pm); and the CMU December Concert (7-9pm).


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.


A Chanticleer Christmas
A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco based men's choir. (APM)


A Christmas Memory
Truman Capote reads this traditional classic.


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