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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 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 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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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 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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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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Exciting December Programming on WETA TV26

As you prepare for the holiday season, check out our December WETA Television Pledge Drive!

Return to Downton Abbey  | Thursday, December 5 at 8:00pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the debut of Downton Abbey season 4? Feed your appetite for more Crowley family drama with Return to Downton Abbey. Join host and devoted fan of the series, Susan Sarandon, as she recalls the fond memories from the past three seasons and presents a sneak peek at season 4. The special features a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of memorable moments. Prepare for all of the drama, rivalry, jealousy, and romance of season 4 with Return to Downton Abbey!
Don’t miss the premiere of the new season of Downton Abbey on January 5, 2014, on WETA TV26! After you get your taste of Downton Abbey, stick around and get ready for the February premiere of the new season of Doc Martin!

Doc Martin: Revealed | Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm

Take an inside look at production on the highly anticipated sixth season of Doc Martin. Doc Martin: Revealed features comments from the actors and crew, and a behind-the-scenes look at scenes being shot at Large's Restaurant and the pub that doubles as the Crab & Lobster. This special will have you clamoring for the February premiere of Doc Martin season 6!

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show | Saturday, December 7 at 10:00pm
This seasonal show features vintage clips from Andy Williams’ cherished holiday family Christmas specials of the 1960s. The compilation includes digitally re-mastered production numbers, complete with magnificent sets, costumes, and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Interviews with the unforgettable entertainers are interwoven with classic performances from Williams, his brothers, and the Osmonds. Fill your home with holiday cheer with Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show!

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas | Monday, December 9 at 8:00pm
Christmas comes early this year when international phenomenon Celtic Woman returns to Dublin’s Helix Theater for a special filming of their latest project, Home for Christmas! Accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 40-member choir, the Celtic Woman ensemble perform timeless holiday favorites, including "Silent Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Joy to the World" with their signature Celtic twist. The adult contemporary group has crossed national and cultural boundaries and gone on to attain worldwide success with their distinct, uplifting sound. Celebrate the joys of the holiday season by sharing this inspirational performance with family and friends!

WETA Studio W: Ric Edelman | Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00pm
Prepare for the new special, WETA Studio W! This show focuses on interviews with authors, experts and artists. Paul Anthony will speak with acclaimed financial adviser Ric Edelman.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas | Thursday, December 12 at 8:00pm

Join Rick Steves for a vibrant musical celebration of Christmas across Europe! From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the dazzling Christmas markets, listen to local choirs, and even play in the snow. Experience the beloved holiday from a European perspective in this magical winter wonderland adventure!


 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 21

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof and two moving documentaries presented by PBS' P.O.V.

WETA Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - Saturday September 21 at 9:30pm
Fiddler on the Roof centers on a Jewish family’s struggle with poverty in Tsarist Russia, in 1905. This musical masterpiece conveys the difficulty of providing for one’s family while living in constant fear of harassment from those of different beliefs. Explore the hardships of poverty and Jewish discrimination in the early 1900s through compelling musical numbers in Fiddler on the Roof. Watch a preview here!

POV: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator - Sunday September 22 at 12:30am

In the 1980s, Central American dictator Efrain Rios Montt waged a brutal genocide against the Mayan population of Guatemala. Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided a new generation of human rights activists with the information and added motivation to bring this dictator to justice. Granito tells the story of how Yates’s film became the catalyst in a benchmark victory for the Central American justice system in this official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a preview here!

POV: Biblioburro, the Donkey Library - Sunday September 22 at 2:00am
Luis Humberto Soriano, a unique librarian living in a remote area in northern Colombia, is passionate about education and believes in a better future for his country. With the help of his two donkeys Alpha and Bet, Soriano brings a library of books to school children in violent and drug riddled areas of Colombia. Witness one man’s dedication towards providing the youth of his country with the power of literature in Biblioburro, the Donkey Library. Watch a preview here!


 

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The Rhythm of June on WETA

One thing that has remained constant throughout time is our love of music. Music can transcend culture and generations, and we can all appreciate a catchy tune. In June, WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide range of musical programs that will transport you to the front row of some of the greatest performances in history!
 
Jewish songwriters have been an important part in the creation of some of the most well-known musicals in the history of theatre. West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are only a few of the award-winning musicals featured in an in-depth look at how Jewish ideals helped shape today’s musicals. Watch breathtaking performances and interviews with some of the pioneers of Broadway. Watch a preview here! Airs Sunday, June 2 at 7:00pm
 
In 2009 Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble entered Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian music competition. As fate would have it, they were chosen to sing together during the competition, and 4 years later they are still singing together as Il Volo. From performing on American Idol to guest starring on HBO’s Entourage, they’ve certainly made a name for themselves in America. Watch a performance of their second album, We Are Love, at the Filmore Miami Beach. Airs Monday, June 3 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1950s and 1960s are remembered fondly for many things, but for many people these decades are all about the music. The radio had become a booming success, and for many families, it became tradition to huddle together and listen to hit singles by artists like Patti Page and Frankie Lane. Watch performances by some of these all-time musical greats and relive the wonder of the golden era. Airs Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm.
 
Portofino is a spectacular village on the shores of Italy, and a beautiful place for authentic Italian culture. Portofino is a popular destination for famous celebrities worldwide, and the Italian village was chosen as the backdrop for Andrea Bocelli’s grand performance. Love in Portofino features Grammy-winning musicians, famous love songs, and Bocelli singing songs in six different languages, all under the starry sky of Italy. Watch the trailer here! Airs Friday, June 7 at 9:00pm.
 
In the 1960s, music started becoming a powerful tool for spreading peace and reform. Many of the classic pop songs that we all know and love originally carried heavy messages about serious issues. Return to the era of psychedelic “groovy” music with Peter Noone and Davy Jones, two Manchester musicians who had a huge influence on this new wave. See hit singles performed by classic bands from the decade of love. Airs Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1970s and 1980s are arguably the most fondly remembered decades of the 1900s. Even today the music and fashion that these decades produced are celebrated and mimicked by admirers. There was never a better time for soulful music, and some of the greatest songs from the era are highlighted. Music from Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, and many others are all presented by celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg. Watch the trailer here! Airs Sunday, June 9 at 9:30pm.
 
Carole King and James Taylor have a combined total of 9 Grammy awards and are both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Originally, Carole King was only a songwriter and pianist, but James Taylor knew she could be a star if she started singing her own songs. Flash forward 40 years later, and Carole King and James Taylor are performing together at the 50th Anniversary of the Troubadour Nightclub in Los Angeles. This performance features some of the most popular hits of their storied careers. Watch a compilation of their music here! Airs Friday, June 14 at 9:00pm.
 
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In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul

In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul airs on WETA tonight at 8:00pm! This show honors the soul-infused music from the mid-to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and renowned labels such as Stax-Volt Records, which featured artists like Al Green, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Mavis Stables, and more.  This exciting evening in the White 

House’s East Room pays tribute to Memphis.  Though Memphis was a segregated city in the 1960s, blacks and whites came together to make soulful music with a mix of gospel and rhythmic grooves, which is known today as “Memphis Soul.”   

In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul is the tenth In Performance at the White House program during President Barack Obama’s administration.  This edition features a wide array of classic songs performed by impressive artists: “I’ll Take You There” performed by Mavis Staples, “Soul Man” performed by Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” performed by Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, “Knock on Wood” performed by Eddie Floyd, “Born Under a Bad Sign” performed by Alabama Shakes, Steve Cropper, and Booker T, “You Don’t Miss Your Water” performed by William Bell, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” performed by Queen Latifah, “I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone” performed by Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, “Try A Little Tenderness” performed by Cyndi Lauper and Charlie Musselwhite, and “In the Midnight Hour” performed by the full cast.  

In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul airs on WETA Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00pm, Wednesday at 4:00pm, Thursdays at 1:00pm, and Friday at 9:00pm.  Don’t miss out on these fantastic, soulful performances!

Don't forget! Ken Burns' new documentary Central Park Five airs after In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul at 9:00pm!

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