We all have our favorite larger-than-life entertainment figures that help to put a smile on our face. Whether it’s a favorite musician or the television actor, we’ve got something for everyone this August on WETA. This month, WETA TV26 & HD presents programs that give behind the scenes looks at influential entertainers through intimate live performances and interviews. Read on for brief but informative synopses of each show.
60s Girl Grooves
The 1960s were an extremely influential time in music history, and this iconic period featured some of the greatest musicians of all time. This decade also produced the summery jams of the female musicians that helped shape modern pop music. On 60s Girl Grooves hear some of the best original performances from these groups, and witness rare archival footage that was almost lost to time. Watch a preview here! Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00pm.
Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Since her career began back in 2008, Emeli Sandé has become one of the top singer-songwriters in modern music, winning awards for her songwriting and her solo performances. Sandé was most recently featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby. Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall features a live performance with songs from Our Version of Events, Sandé’s debut album. Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00pm.
Inside Foyle’s War
Detective Christopher Foyle has been awing audiences with his cases for more than 10 years now. After 10 years of production, there are plenty of behind the scenes stories to tell, and you can get them all on Inside Foyle’s War. Hear exclusive interviews with series creator Anthony Horowitz, show directors, actors, and more. Read interviews with the cast of Foyle’s War here! Airs Sunday, August 8th at 9:30pm.
Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert
Sarah Brightman’s illustrious career includes two Olympic singing performances and numerous Broadway credits, including the first musical portrayal of Christine Daaé of The Phantom of the Opera fame. Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert features a live performance from Elstree Studios in London, where Brightman performs both classics and new music from her album Dreamchaser. Airs Monday, August 5th at 10:00pm.
Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii
Elvis Presley is a legendary performer who needs no introduction. In addition to his many career accolades and countless hit songs, he was also the first performer to be broadcast around the world through early satellite technology. The program Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii features a 1973 performance in Honolulu with some of Presley’s most famous songs in the expansive set list. Airs Tuesday, August 6th at 8:00pm.
The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics
The late Jimmy Dean was responsible for bringing country music into the world’s public eye on The Jimmy Dean Show in the 1960’s. Dean brought Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and many more onto his show and helped them gain the exposure they needed to become stars. Relive some of these classic episodes on The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics and catch performances from some of the greatest country singers of all time. Airs Thursday, August 8th at 8:00pm.
Gloria Estefan: The Standards
For her 27th album, Gloria Estefan has created a series of covers of her favorite songs. The album, entitled The Standards, doesn’t release until September, but you can catch live versions of her covers on Gloria Estefan: The Standards. Airs Saturday, August 10th at 10:00pm.
A Salute to Vienna
Building on the 60-year tradition, A Salute to Vienna continues to make waves with opera performances that feature award-winning musicians, Academy Award winning actors, and music from the legendary Johann Strauss Jr. Airs Sunday, August 11th at 9:00pm.
Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are some of the most beloved musicals of all time, and they each have something in common: Judaism played a central role in their creation. In theatre’s history, many Jewish songwriters drew inspiration from their religious values in order to create award-winning musicals that are still celebrated today. On Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, get an in-depth look at their history with interviews and performances. Watch a preview here! Airs Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00pm.
David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert
David Garrett is a Julliard-trained violinist who holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Fastest Violinist. On top of that he has also released 8 studio albums, the latest of which was released this past April. On David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert, watch his live performance at the TUI Arena in Hanover where he combines a wide variety of styles into one breathtaking performance. Airs Friday, August 16th at 10:30pm.