An Afro Blue Christmas: 9pm – 10pm

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut.  This a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.  The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions…music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. 

Selected Shorts Holiday Gift Set – “Ho, Ho, Huh?” 3pm-4pm

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four Christmas-themed works to bring you comfort, joy, and a little sass. Ron Carlson’s “The H Street Sledding Record,” is a charming and funny tale. Next, Frank O’Connor’s “Christmas Morning” gives us a richly detailed picture of a family in turn-of-the-century Ireland. Onto a whimsical comedy from a different era, George Shepherd’s “Occurrence on the Six Seventeen,” from 1939. Finally, humorist Calvin Trillin is dreaming of the perfect Christmas—anywhere but here.

Jazz Piano Christmas XXXII: 8pm-9pm

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special family affair at this year’s holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.  Felix Contreras hosts this very special hour of music.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn: 12pm – 2pm

Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years. The Christmas-themed live celebration invites you to enjoy the best traditional singers and instrumentalists in the Celtic world, and a story or two drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions.   

Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink: 9pm-10pm

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro.

Selected Shorts Holiday Gift Set – “Christmas Guests:” 3pm-4pm

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard celebrates the season with three holiday stories – by Truman Capote, Grace Paley, and New Yorker humorist and illustrator, James Thurber. Our first story is Truman Capote's "One Christmas,” a companion piece to his well-loved essay "A Christmas Memory."

Music of “Firsts!” on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 – ALL DAY

Russell Gant, Bethany Cagle, Tyler Kline and Lauren Rico start the New Year with a day of…firsts!  You’ll hear the first attempts at Symphonies, Concertos, and other works by the great composers – a wonderful way to welcome 2017! 

New Year's Day From Vienna 2017 – Live! 11am – 1pm

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 Classical WSMR traditional, and festive way to start off the New Year.

New Year's With The PSO: 10pm - Midnight

Ring in the New Year with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a concert of Strauss waltzes and polkas in the style of the Vienna New Year's concert!

Metropolitan Opera: Rossini’s L'italiana In Algeri: Live! 1pm-4:30pm

James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato makes her Met debut in the title role, opposite tenor René Barbera and baritone Nicola Alaimo. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov plays the pasha who is overcome by love and pasta.