LAWRENCE WELK: PRECIOUS MEMORIES bring spiritual hymns, inspirational songs and gospel medleys reminding viewers of their shared family values based on loving and heartfelt beliefs. This nostalgic special will lift your spirits, heal your heart and take you into the safe haven of your past with promises for a brighter tomorrow.
GOSPEL MUSIC OF THE STATLER BROTHERS: Hosted by Bill Gaither, this special celebrates the 40 year career of one of the few groups to be inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. This special blends the Statler Brothers telling great stories from their career with over 20 of their favorite gospel songs from their popular seven year television series including "Daddy Sang Bass", "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art" and "Precious Memories".
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN - OUT OF MY DREAMS is a celebration of the most
acclaimed lyricists and librettists of the 20th century, the man who
worked in the theater for over 40 years, writing the lyrics for over a
thousand songs and the books for 45 operettas and musicals.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
In celebration of its blockbuster 25th anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London's Royal Albert Hall.
SPEND WELL, LIVE RICH with Michelle Singletary will satisfy PBS viewers' desire for quality, informative, innovative programs on personal finance. It has the potential to broaden the audience for such programs with a dynamic new host with a powerful message.
BUDDY HOLLY: LISTEN TO ME - On September 7, 2011 an intimate, fun, and unforgettable celebration
of Buddy Holly's music and legacy will take place at the Music Box in
Los Angeles, for a once-in-a-lifetime concert on Buddy Holly's
DON MCLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR is a behind-the-scenes look at one of
America's greatest singer-songwriters. This special summarizes his forty-year plus career and features live performances of his best- known hits including "American Pie," "Vincent," "Crying" and "I Love You So."
COUNTRY POP LEGENDS Roy Clark, Glenn Campbell and MY MUSIC bring back the most memorable songs to crossover the country and pop charts from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Classic country pop tunes that are sure to strike a chord with the Welk crowd. The program features new live performances, and classic clips from Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and more.
YANNI: LIVE AT EL MORRO, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Yanni's 10th PBS special continues his tradition of spectacular productions spotlighting historical world monuments. The Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, better known as El Morro, is a 16th century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Accompanied by his world renowned 15-piece orchestra, the show will feature the first televised performance of songs from his new album Truth of Touch as well as a new orchestration of the song "Nightingale".
SANTANA - LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011 Taped in HD during the Montreux Festival in Switzerland this special
features Carlos Santana and his band performing a selection of his
greatest hits including Smooth, Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Maria
Maria, Jingo, Soul Sacrifice.
GRAND CANYON SERENADE presents a stunning HD visual portrait of the Grand Canyon region set to the world-class music of some of the most beloved classical music composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak. Experience breathtaking views and one of the most dramatic adventures on the planet; Grand Canyon Serenade is a meditative film journey which showcases the beauty and spiritual nature of one of America's crown jewels.
HORSES OF THE WEST: AMERICA'S LOVE STORY As narrated by actress Ali MacGraw, Horses of the West: America's
Love Story is about horses and the people who love them. The story is
an emotional journey filmed on the dramatic landscape of the American
West. Segments include wild horses and the prisoners who train and
love them; the horses of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary rescued from a grim fate; the exquisite grace of Arabians who may be the royalty of the horse world; working quarter horses on the ranch of famed author Thomas McGuane; the striking beauty of spotted Appaloosas and their Nez Perce heritage; and the heart-warming story of therapy horses at the National Ability Center and the children they have helped so dramatically. All celebrate the connection between horses and humans.
GREAT PERFORMANCES HITMAN RETURNS: DAVID FOSTER & FRIENDS As a prolific songwriter, producer, and maestro to the stars, David
Foster has generated some of the world's best known popular music, and
collaborated with a veritable "Who's Who" of superstars in a career
spanning more than three decades. Recorded in Las Vegas at the
Mandalay Bay arena, this follow-up concert to Great Performances' 2008
Hitman: David Foster & Friends is an all-star celebration featuring
even more chart-topping stars and music from the 14-time Grammy Award-
winner's extensive career catalog, with performances by All-4-One, Michael Bolton, The Canadian Tenors, Charice, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire, America's Got Talent sensation Jackie Evancho, Lara Fabian, Ne-Yo, Robert Randolph, Martina McBride, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Seal, Ruben Studdard, Donna Summer and "Dreamweaver" Gary Wright.
ROCK, POP & DOO WOP Rock and pop legends Jon (Sha Na Na) "Bowzer" Bauman and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s rock, pop and doo wop era in an all new My Music concert event. This all new special recorded in May 2010 includes new live performances and rare, never before available archival classics from the Dick Clark vaults.
IDINA MENZEL: I AM THAT GIRL This special features Tony Award winning Broadway, television, and
recording artist Idina Menzel, with an orchestra masterfully led by
legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch from The Royal Conservatory's beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The Concert is a wide ranging journey through the American songbook, Idina's personal catalogue, and fresh musical spins on contemporary songs. All of which is threaded together by Idina's irresistible charm and wit coupled with her unparalleled vocal prowess.
STRAIGHT NO CHASER - SONGS OF THE DECADES Back by popular demand: join us for another round with the a cappella
phenomenon Straight No Chaser! If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis
singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses...think again.
Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, "We take the music very seriously; we just don't take ourselves too seriously." In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. In 2011, the group will perform for over 500, 000 people in 175 shows throughout the world.
LAWRENCE WELK'S BIG BAND SPLASH Lawrence Welk and his great orchestra, from the television show in
the 70s and early 80s, plays the music of the Big Band Era and salutes
legendary friends, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey,
Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. The program
includes performances of 20 full songs from many programs rarely, if ever, seen on the weekly series. The Welk Musical Family sings classic Big Band songs and dances to the infectious rhythms of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
BIG BAND VOCALISTS This special looks back at the greatest "crooners" and "canaries" of
the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they
started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands, with the most popular singers ultimately becoming stars on their own. Among the legendary artists and timeless hits included in the rare, vintage footage are Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Doris Day, Helen Forest with the Harry James Orchestra, Peggy Lee with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and many more favorites from the World War II era. Hosted by Nick Clooney & Peter Marshall.
GREAT PERFORMANCES PLACIDO DOMINGO: MY FAVORITE ROLES Placido Domingo is not only one of the most popular and celebrated
tenors of his generation, but his international career has also led
him to his dual directorships of the Washington National Opera and the
Los Angeles Opera. In this performance documentary, Domingo looks back
and reflects on his favorite roles from opera houses around the world.
The story of Domingo's roots in Spain is interwoven with his famous
performance as Don Jose in "Carmen" at the Vienna Staatsoper. His
memories about his childhood in Mexico inform his acclaimed performance of "El Gato Montes" from the LA Opera. We see him in some of his earliest roles singing "cielo e mar" from "Gioconda" in Madrid, as well as his debut in "Ernani" at Milan's La Scala. Other highlights: from the Metropolitan Opera, his striking performance in Verdi's
"Luisa Miller;" excerpts from the Emmy-winning "Tosca" from Rome; and Domingo's star turns in "Simon Boccanegra," "Les Contes D'Hoffmann," "Samson et Dalilah," "I Pagliacci" in Zefirelli's film (La Scala) and his enduring signature role in Verdi's "Otello."
GREAT PERFORMANCES PAVAROTTI: A LIFE IN SEVEN ARIAS When Luciano Pavarotti died in September, 2007, the world lost one of
the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti's
peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this
performance documentary looks back over his legendary career,
utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a
narrative framework. From his humble origins in Modena, Italy, A Life
in Seven Arias follows "the King of the High C's" meteoric rise,
spanning through his London debut in La Boheme, his triumph in La
fille du regiment, and his iconic rendition of "Nessun Dorma." In
addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, also
featured are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor's friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Juan Diego Florez.
DISTRACTED MIND WITH DR. ADAM GAZZALEY People everywhere seem to be experiencing an epidemic of overwhelming
stimuli. The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley will explore the
impact that this so called multitasking has on our safety, our
education, our careers and our personal lives. Most importantly, The Distracted Mind will tell us what we can do to improve our attentional abilities and our focus as we age, and as media continue to dominate our landscape. From changing our behaviors, to literally changing our brains, Dr. Gazzaley gives audiences the information they need to survive and thrive in the information age.
MY MUSIC: SUPERSTARS OF 70S SOUL LIVE is a once-in-a-lifetime
gathering with the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul artists - all
original performers, singing their greatest "jammin' oldies" hits.
Soul diva Patti LaBelle hosts the historic reunion of more than 18
classic recording artists of the decade, including the Commodores,
original lead Eugene Record reuniting with the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, the Trammps, the Emotions and the Manhattans.
UNDER THE STREETLAMP is an electrifying concert of classic hits from
the recent leading cast members of the Tony-Award winning musical,
Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. These
four charismatic and uniquely talented singers deliver the sounds of
the sixties in an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You'll hear
Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock 'n' Roll and your favorites from the
American radio songbook, including tunes made popular by The Drifters, The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and many more. Critics have called Under the Streetlamp "a sure-fire sellout!" These engaging performers (Michael Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio and Christopher Kale Jones) met portraying a band onstage and went on to form this sensational new group of their very own. In addition to their timeless sound, this quartet's camaraderie and hilarious storytelling exude the irresistible rapport of the Rat Pack. These dynamic individuals have been featured on Broadway, in film and television and showcased on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Emmy Awards, and Oprah during their Jersey Boys tenure. Accompanied by a
band of elite musicians, this vocal group has thrilled packed concert venues across America. Under the Streetlamp is, without a doubt, a modern classic!
SURVIVING DISASTER WITH AMANDA RIPLEY provides a rarified glimpse
into disasters as seen through the eyes of survivors, experts and
scientists. Surviving Disaster shares what every person should know
about preparedness and their own neurology to help them survive
disasters of any kind. Each survivor shares the story of the events
that he or she survived, and scientists explain the commonalities of
the experiences to show how our brains can predictably behave in crisis situations. It is through understanding this neurology that we can become better prepared, less fearful and more resilient when the inevitable disasters and crises of life that befall us. Surviving Disaster replaces the typical media messages of fear and terror with the latest in science to illustrate the very clear and real benefits of rehearsal and preparedness and how they can lead to a clear path of empowerment, resilience and survival. While a tornado may seem to be completely different from a house fire and a terrorist attack may seem wildly different than a flood, how people behave, react and survive follows the same arc. Surviving Disaster explores this arc and the role that each play before, after and during a crisis and how understanding them can change the outcome for all of us. It is through understanding these phases that we can move more quickly through them to act in a way that preserves our lives and the lives of others.
MALT SHOP MEMORIES: THE CONCERT It was a time of record hops, cars with big fins, pony tails and
beehives. The future was bright and the music on the radio and in juke
boxes became the soundtrack for the rest of your life. It was a time
filled with music that makes you feel good and makes you smile. It
takes you back to a simpler more innocent time-it's about the cars,
the clothes, dances and old friends all those great memories. These
are the songs that make you feel young again. It was a time of
creative songwriting and memorable vocal performances. The concert was recorded at Caesars in Atlantic City and brought together 12 of the greatest living legends from the late 50's and early 60's and their phenomenal music for one fantastic evening. The show is hosted by Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian - who also perform. Lifestyle footage from this wonderful era is included, along with archival performance footage from The Four Seasons, Martha and The Vandells', The Beach Boys and Dion and The Belmonts.
MOMENTS TO REMEMBER Patti Page and Nick Clooney return to co-host all new performances
and archival classics from the vault with co-hosts, Peter Marshall,
Wink Martindale, and the Lawrence Welk Show's Mary Lou Metzger. This program features many more legends of the late 50s and early 1960s pop era. Frankie Laine comes out of retirement to "spend one more night in our old rendezvous" singing his sentimental "That's My Desire." Italian crooner Julius LaRosa takes stage to perform his classic "Eh Compari" and "Domani." The Four Lads, Four Aces, Four Freshmen, Roger Williams, Lenny Welch, The Platters, The DeCastro Sisters (and more),
also return to the stage to sing their greatest hits. Archival performances from Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and Nat King Cole round out this amazing sequel in the 50s pop story.
GREAT PERFORMANCES HUGH LAURIE: LET THEM TALK - A CELEBRATION OF NEW ORLEANS An American favorite from his role in the hit TV series "House," the
versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed on location in New Orleans. Defying simple categorization, Laurie finds his greatest satisfaction and inspiration from the mixture of blues and jazz that grew out of New Orleans at the beginning of the last century. "Let Them Talk" is his very personal journey into the heart and soul of that music. Also including documentary and interview segments during Laurie's travels around the city, the program features his performances with blues legends Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas, as well as another fellow countryman similarly inspired by this uniquely American music, Sir Tom Jones. With concert sequences filmed at the historic Latrobe's building in the French Quarter, the musical selections will include New Orleans blues standards along with some forgotten and neglected gems.
JOE BONAMASSA: LIVE AT THE BEACON Internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa, known as a "tour de force," has delivered another stunning performance at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. Bonamassa's show at the Beacon Theatre will be his follow up performance for PBS, following a hugely successful PBS airing Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall that featured a special guest appearance from Eric Clapton. Bonamassa's Beacon performance, captured by the same producers and directors who filmed Bonamassa last great performance from the Royal Albert Hall, features memorable duet performance with classic rock superstar singer Paul Rodgers (lead singer from Bad Company) and John Hiatt, who is a recipient of Nashville's Music Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. In addition to these great guest appearances, Bonamassa's show features brand new songs and a guitar experience you will be sure to remember!
LOVE ME TENDER - THE LOVE SONGS OF ELVIS A major reason for Elvis Presley's massive, unprecedented appeal to
women audiences of all ages was his love songs. Always a true romantic,
Elvis recorded many, many love songs throughout his career, beginning
with "I Want You I Need You I Love You" in 1956 and running the entire
span of his life. Entire eras of his remarkable life and career can be evoked by the mere mention of the title of one of his many love songs. Mention "Love Me Tender" and a hundred images spring to mind. The same can be said for his many other songs of romance. Elvis and his love songs had remained an unexplored area of Elvis' remarkable career. Now, "Love Me Tender - The Love Songs of Elvis" tells the warm story of the tender side of the King of Rock and Roll. Narrated by Ashley Judd,
"Love Me Tender" is Elvis as you've never seen him.
ELVIS LIVES: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis Presley is reunited
with his original TCB band and back-up singers 25 years after his
death, for a unique concert special, featuring Elvis from selected
concerts including the Aloha From Hawaii satellite special. This one- of-a-kind concert event has stirred audiences around the world and ignited a passion for the King in a whole new generation of music lovers. ELVIS LIVES uses the technique where a recorded past performance is integrated in real time with supporting musicians and
singers live on stage. This technique has been used before, but only one song was performed and not before a live audience. Therefore, it is truly a marvel that an entire live concert was performed in this manner. The Elvis Lives concert was staged in August of 2003 at The Pyramid in Memphis, TN in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis's death.
JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE We have discovered what no previous generation knew - the ways in
which galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms emerged within the vast drama of the universe. What role do humans play in this 14-
billion-year process? How do we connect with the intricate web of life?
Journey of the Universe guides us through an elegant telling of this
epic story, from the origins of life to our present challenges. Today,
the survival of species and entire ecosystems depends upon the choices
humans make. Weaving modern science with enduring wisdom from the
world's cultures, Journey of the Universe explores cosmic and Earth
evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection, and interdependence, and offers an opportunity to respond to ecological and social challenges of our times.