WQED FM Holiday Programming Schedule

Thu Nov 25 | Mon Nov 29 |  Wed Dec 1 | Thu Dec 2 | Fri Dec 3 | Thu Dec 9 | Thu Dec 11 | Wed Dec 22 | Thu Dec 23 | Fri 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.

Listen live to Classical WQED-FM 89.3

Thursday, November 25

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.

Monday, November 29th

Chanukah in Story and Song 2021
7 - 8 pm

Leonard Nimoy and the Western Wind with a musical celebration spanning Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies from Europe, and modern Israeli tunes.

Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
8 - 9 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)

Tuesday, November 30th

Candles Burning Brightly
8 - 9 pm

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


Wednesday, December 1

CMU Philharmonic Live
7 - 9 pm

A live broadcast of the CMU Philharmonic and Chorus December concert – live from Carnegie Music Hall.

Thursday December 2

A Taste of Chanukah
7 - 8 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.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago A Cappella
9 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)

Friday, December 3

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.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Live
7 - 9 pm

A live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with Manfred Honeck conducting Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and James Ehnes performing Barber’s Violin Concerto.


Thursday, December 9

River City Brass Live
7 – 10 pm

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

Saturday, December 11

Heinz Chapel Choir Live
8 – 9:30 pm

A live broadcast of the Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday concert from Heinz Chapel

Wednesday, December 22

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio
7 - 9 pm

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


Thursday, December 23

Hollywood Holiday
6 - 7 pm

Join Lynne Warfel, host of APM’s Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five, for a festive one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics
7 - 8 pm

Join host Elena See for an hour-long program of nostalgic favorites for the winter season. Featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Vivaldi.

Polish Christmas Cheer

8 - 9 pm

Join host Elena See for an hour-long program of nostalgic favorites for the winter season. Featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Vivaldi.

Friday, December 24

QED Morning Show
6 - 10 am

Jim Cunningham plays your holiday favorites on this Christmas Eve morning.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Live
Live from Kings College, Cambridge, England
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.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Noon. – 2 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.

Afternoon Classics
2 - 6 pm

Anna Singer plays your favorite holiday hits

A Chanticleer Christmas
6 – 7 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."

A Christmas Memory
10 – 11 pm

Truman Capote reads this traditional classic.


Saturday, December 25

Welcome Christmas
6 – 7 a.m.

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, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular
10am - Noon

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

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concert

Noon - 1 pm

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

Jim & Rick Play Holiday Classics

5 - 8 pm

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

CMU Philharmonic December Concert

10 pm - Midnight

A rebroadcast of the CMU Philharmonic and Chorus December concert – from Carnegie Music Hall.

Saturday, 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.