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WETA TV26 August Music Programs

This August WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide variety of music oriented programs. Read on to see what shows are scheduled and a short description for each program. Show air dates are subject to change.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' With Frank & Bing  
A profile of composer Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote such classics as "Swinging on a Star" and "Come Fly With Me." Included: remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli; and archival performance footage of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.  Airs Wednesday August 13 at 8pm & Friday August 15 at 11pm.

The Big Band Years  
Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), the Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) and Frank Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra).  Airs Tuesday August 12 at 10pm, Saturday August 16 at 8pm, and Wednesday August 20 at 8pm.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind 
A John Sebastian-hosted celebration of the 1960s' folk-music boom, featuring archival footage of the era's top performers and modern-day performances by Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad and Jeremy, and Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods). Airs Monday August 18 at 8pm and Thursday August 21 at 10pm.

Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary Concert Live at Symphony Space  
A celebration of the 45th birthday of the "Woody's Children" folk-music radio show, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Also appearing: Nora Guthrie and singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin. Airs Tuesday August 19 at 10pm.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind  
Archival performances by such artists as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Buddy Holly, the Platters, Everly Brothers, Chordettes, Bobby Darin and Lloyd Price accent this compilation of classic songs from the 1950s and early '60s.Other featured performers include Fats Domino; Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; the Champs; Sam Cooke; Paul & Paula; Paul Anka; Conway Twitty; the Diamonds; Five Satins; Shangri-Las; Neil Sedaka; and Roy Orbison. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman hosts. Tuesday August 19 at 11pm, and Friday August 22 at 9:30pm.

Classical Rewind  
Martin Goldsmith hosts this collection of classical masterpieces, including ones by Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Jacques Offenbach, Antonio Vivaldi, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Orff and Tchaikovsky. Also: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of the Police offer their thoughts on the compositions. Airs Friday August 15 at 10:30pm.

 

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WETA Arts | New Episode in June

In the June episode of WETA Arts, visit with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center to learn about their festival "New Moves" which marries music and dance on a shared stage. Guest conductor, Thomas WIlkins, led three programs in the festival.

Then, meet a young man who has overcome hardships and learned how to express himself  through the power of music.

Speed artist, Dan Dunn, shares his mind-blowing technique and how it helped him during a time of personal financial crisis.

Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, an exhibition at The National Gallery of Art that explores the painters fascination with windows.

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WETA Movie Night: May 3

Begin the night with lots of drama as WETA TV26 & HD airs the musical Cabaret (1972) at 9:30pm. Then ease into non-fiction but keep the drama with Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 11:30pm. To finish off the night, go fully into documentary form as P.O.V. Last Train Home airs at 12:30am.

WETA Movie: Cabaret (1972) airs on Saturday at 9:30pm

This film is set in 1931 Berlin as young dancer American Sally Bowles has a whirlwind love triangle with a Brit and wealthy bachelor. Stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Follow the creation of the San Francisco Opera's celebrated production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by Amy Tan, based on her bestselling book of the same name. .

P.O.V. Last Train Home airs on Sunday at 12:30am
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.


 

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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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WETA Presents In Performance at the White House | Women Of Soul

Monday April 7 is a night of music on WETA TV26 & HD as WETA presents In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm, and In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm. In Performance at the White House shows are music specials in the East Room of the White House hosted by the President of the United States.

In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm
This program honors music legends and contemporary major female artists and celebrates the great “foremothers” of American music with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. Performers include: Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.

In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm
This program celebrates the legacy of Motown, the distinctive soul-infused pop music sound, style, and presentation that was born in Detroit and embodied by the Motown Records label. Performers include: Jamie Foxx (who hosts), Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Nick Jonas, the country group Gloriana, singer Ledisi, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.

Don’t forget Antiques Roadshow goes to Kansas City at 8pm every Monday night on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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Special Pledge Programming in March

WETA TV26 airs special programming from February 27-March 23 for our pledge drive. This blog post highlights some of the great pledge shows you can watch throughout this month.  Read on to see what’s coming and when to watch! *Please note that these air dates and times are subject to change so please check weta.org for any schedule changes.*

Heartbeat of Home Saturday March 1 at 6pm

This show takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Celebrating: North America's Steam Railroads Sunday March 2 at 7pm
This program explorers the impact that the steam engine had in building our world. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada. We also visit Steamtown National Historic Site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to them.

Suze Orman: Financial Solutions for You Thursday March 6 at 8pm

Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America's most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Sunday March 9 at 7:30pm
This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

My Music: Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s Monday March 10 at 8pm
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. This special presents classic song performances from 1963 to 1968 that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Studio WETA: Tom Paxton Wednesday March 12 at 8pm
Studio WETA talks to American folk singer and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton whose music career has spanned more than fifty years.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths Thursday March 13 at 8pm

A  behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of Midsomer Murders as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

House of Cards Marathon Sunday March 16 from 6-11pm
Watch the original House of Cards in full! With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship Thursday March 20 at 8pm
The history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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New American Masters | Marvin Hamlisch

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 
Friday December 27 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD

The acclaimed series American Masters presents a 90-minute film biography exploring the prolific life and career of the late, great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Composer, conductor, genius; Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch defied classical expectations to create his own music, dedicating his talents to musical theatre and pop music composition. By age 31, he achieved unparalleled success with a string of hits he wrote for films, Broadway music compositions, and popular music pieces such as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does it Better.” In the first film biography about Hamlisch, award-winning filmmaker and Broadway producer Dori Berinstein paints a deeply personal portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love chronicles the life of the legend up to his sudden death, examining his personal hardships, amazing success, and renowned compassion.

 

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Christmas Day Special Marathon on WETA TV26

Celebrate Christmas with WETA TV26 & HD! We have family friendly special programming December 25 all day long. Check out the cartoons and musical performances we're sharing this holiday season.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas at 6am
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for the holidays. There’s only one problem; neither of them can figure out what to give the other for Christmas! In the end, both gift-giving dilemmas are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas at 7am
Join the Cat, Nick, and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas at 8am
Everyone’s favorite aardvark shows children that there are many ways to celebrate the holidays and gives them a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour primetime special. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holiday season ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends prepare for the perfect Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). When things don’t go as planned, they all learn valuable holiday lessons about family, friends, and the gift of giving.

LA Holiday Celebration at 9:30am
This festive holiday show features highlights from the annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. The annual festivities feature offbeat takes on holiday classics and a sampling of how world cultures celebrate the season. Celebrate Christmas west coast style this year while you enjoy the wonders of the LA Holiday Celebration!

A Christmas Carol: The Concert at 10:30am
Enjoy Christmas Day more than ever before with this brilliant retelling of the timeless Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol. Through magnificent, unforgettable and irresistible new songs this instant holiday classic will change your perspective on the season of joy. Follow the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns valuable life-changing lessons in A Christmas Carol: The Concert.

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy at 1:00 pm
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, hosts their annual Christmas celebration that features traditional carols and sacred anthems performed by the college's internationally acclaimed musicians. Holiday music, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight will fill you with the wonder and joy of the holiday season.

Christmas at Belmont at 2:00 pm
Feel the joy and cheer of the holiday season as the Nashville Children’s Choir joins the Belmont School of Music faculty and student musicians to sing traditional holiday classics like “The First Noel.” Join Broadway and country music star Laura Bell Bundy as she hosts the touching annual Christmas concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Watch Christmas at Belmont 2011 at 2pm, followed by Christmas at Belmont 2013 at 3:00 pm! 

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn at 4:00 pm
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning British actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning Opera singer Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City for this holiday event. Listen to the season’s most-loved songs at this annual concert, attracting thousands to Temple Square each December. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir lives up to its impeccable reputation, displaying a perfect pairing of classical holiday songs and modern Christmas tunes.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle: David Archeleta at 5pm
Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and Grammy Award nominee Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a lively holiday concert at Salt Lake City’s Conference Center. Watch in awe as these highly-talented musicians perform classics like “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Enjoy the performances of your favorite holiday tunes in an 80,000-seat concert hall from the comfort of your home. Sit by the fire, relax with your family, and end Christmas Day on a high note with this uplifting and inspiring musical performance. 

 

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Holiday Shows on WETA TV26 in December

To warm you up for the holiday season, WETA TV26 and WETA HD will air holiday shows in the weeks leading up to the Christmas Day. From choir and opera performances to holiday craft making, these brilliant specials will have you beaming with holiday cheer.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Alfie Bowe and Tom Brokaw
Renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas celebration. The commemoration also features Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen who dropped candy for German children during the 1948-49 Berlin airlift. Let this amazing concert fill you with seasonal joy as your holiday favorites are performed before 80,000 people in Salt Lake City. Watch this program on Monday December 16 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Don’t miss Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring British actress Jane Seymour and opera singer Nathan Gunn on Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Forge
The Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series Craft in America explores the work of various artists and the influence of craft making on American culture. The episode Forge highlights metal artists including a silversmith, master sculptor, and an Iraq War veteran who studies at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.
Watch Craft in America: Forge on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Holiday
This Craft in America episode, Holiday, celebrates important cultural and religious customs and encourages viewers to explore their own creativity. The wintertime holidays and craft world are examined through Nordic folk artisan Harley Refsal in North Carolina, whose work celebrates the winter solstice; artist Susan Garson, who creates clay menorahs; and San Antonio ceramic artist Veronica Castillo. Watch Craft in America: Holiday on Friday December 20 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, hosts their annual Christmas celebration that features traditional carols and sacred anthems performed by the college's internationally acclaimed musicians. Holiday music, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight will fill you with the wonder and joy of the holiday season. Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Thursday December 19 at 10:30 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Belmont 2013
The Belmont School of Music faculty is joined by nearly 700 student musicians and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present this annual recital of carols and cheerful holiday favorites. Watch Christmas at Belmont 2013 on Thursday December 19 at 10:00 pm and Tuesday, December 24 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
For over one hundred years, music lovers in Norway have celebrated the holiday season with one of the country’s most honored traditions, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival. Initially a small musical program designed for a remote college community, the renowned annual commemoration now enjoys a worldwide audience. This year, the St. Olaf College Choir and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor perform a full assortment of Christmas compositions, familiar carols and hymns from around the world from Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral. Become a part of a long-running annual tradition as you join the St. Olaf Choir in belting out your favorite holiday tunes. Watch Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir on Monday December 23 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Silent Night
The Minnesota Opera company's world premiere production of Silent Night recounts an extraordinary moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. The fascinating true story, which won composer Kevin Puts the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music, is based on the French film "Joyeaux Noel," which itself is based on the true story of a 1914 Christmas Eve truce during WWI, when Scottish, French and German officers defied orders and observed the holiday with a period of peace. Watch enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in this powerful opera. Watch Silent Night on Monday December 23 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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