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.

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View the "Jim & Rick Play Holiday Classics" Playlist

 

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

Jim & Rick Play Holiday Classics​
7 - 10 am

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

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 am

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.

All Is Bright

Noon - 1 pm

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

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concert

3:30 - 5 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.