Happy Thanksgiving from WHRO FM! Whether you’re preparing the feast, on the road travelling, or relaxing with family and friends, tune in for a warm and joyful Thanksgiving soundtrack with your favorite WHRO hosts, along with these special programs.


Tuesday (11/22/22) is St. Cecilia’s Day, and Raymond has music for this patron saint of music coming your way at 9:00pm on WHRO-FM. You’ll hear George Frederick Handel’s ‘Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day; Benjamin Britten’s ‘Hymn to St. Cecilia’ (it’s Benjamin Britten’s birthday as well); and the St. Cecilia Mass by French master Charles Gounod (GOO-NO) and we’ll throw in birthday boy Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.’ Join in our nod to St. Cecilia and great music this Tuesday evening at 9:00 on WHRO-FM.


Each Wednesday night at 9:00 on WHRO-FM, we bring you ‘A Local Touch – Music With A Virginia Connection.’ On this night before Thanksgiving, Raymond Jones brings you the Williamsburg Choral Guild in concert with Aaron Copland’s ‘Old American Songs;’ a suite from ‘Frostiana’ by Randall Thompson setting poems by Robert Frost; a nod to our Indian heritage with Rene Clausen’s ‘Crying For A Dream;’ and Howard Hanson’s ‘Song of Democracy.’ We’ll also have flutist Debra Wendells Cross and harpist Barbara Chapman in music for the Thanksgiving season and the Ambrosia Quartet playing the String Quartet No. 2 ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ by Adolphus Hailstork. ‘A Local Touch’ for the eve of Thanksgiving this Wednesday evening at 9:00 on WHRO-FM.


10 AM-12 PM: Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude from American Public Media
Giving Thanks with host John Birge shares music and stories that reflect the meaning of gratitude, in a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of the spirit of the holiday. This year’s special guest is Ada Limon, the new Poet Laureate of the United States. She joins our Thanksgiving table to read her poems and talk about how poetry amplifies gratitude. We’ll also revisit other US Poets Laureate who have been guests on Giving Thanks, including Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Ted Kooser.

3-4 PM: Every Good Thing from American Public Media
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.

6-7 PM: Thanksgiving with The American Sound – Autumn Wonders from Classical 101, WOSU Public Media
Autumn is a time of splendor – the crispness of the air, leaves the colors of stained glass and jewel-hued chrysanthemums in full bloom. Amid these autumn wonders falls Thanksgiving, the holiday of gratitude. This Thanksgiving join host Jennifer Hambrick for an hour of American music that celebrates autumn wonders, including Scott Joplin’s Chrysanthemum, Jennifer Higdon’s evocation of a beautiful lake in the Grand Tetons, a symphonic movement by Alan Hovhaness inspired by Vermont’s Green Mountains, a choral work brimming with the transcendent joy of being alive in the world, and some dances from colonial America for a festive feel.

9 PM: Join WHRO-FM for a feast of music Thanksgiving night at 9:00 as Raymond Jones serves up a generous helping of music about food sung by Cantus; a suite from Howard Hanson’s opera about pilgrims – Merry Mount – Ron Nelson’s Mayflower Overture; Elliot Carter’s Pocahontas ballet; Virgil Thomson’s Pilgrims and Pioneers; the Fireside Tales of Edward MacDowell and Thanksgiving Day from the Symphony No. 2 America by Dan Locklair. Help yourself to three hours of delicious Americana this Thanksgiving evening beginning at 9:00 on WHRO FM.


Raymond Jones has three hours of new classical music releases waiting for you this Saturday evening at 8:00 on WHRO FM with This Just In. On tap is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 Pastoral plus more Beethoven – the String Quartet No. 14 played by the Dover Quartet. Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 with its famous Turkish Rondo is also on the plate as well as a historic reissue of Vaughan Williams’ Thanksgiving for Victory from 1945, Barbara Harbach’s’ Visions of Hildegard, and November Woods by Sir Arnold Bax. Music fit for a Thanksgiving weekend this Saturday night at 8:00 on WHRO-FM with This Just In.