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American Masters – Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
Friday, December 27 at 9:00pm
Remember composer, conductor & PEGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch. With new interviews with family, Barbra Streisand, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, and others, AMERICAN MASTERS reveals the events that led to both his staggering success and, ultimately, his even greater humanity: his creative process, struggles, inner turmoil and breakthroughs. Directed by Tony-winner Dori Berinstein.
Bluegrass Underground-NEW SEASON!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
December 21 – The Wood Brothers
With long separate histories of playing with a spectrum of respected American musicians, the Wood Brothers have gone in a more traditional direction since combining forces a decade ago. With taut vocal harmonies, colossal grooves and a tight instrumental interplay that only shared DNA can produce, the Wood Brothers’ folk-roots-blues offer a fresh and irresistible musical current.
December 28 – Alison Brown Quartet
Whether lyrical Celtic music, sophisticated polyrhythmic jazz or pedal-to-the-metal bluegrass, the Alison Brown Quartet does it all. Performing at the highest level, this band offers hybrid compositions that are as pleasing as they are complex. Often compared to fellow banjo prodigy Bela Fleck, Brown holds the honor of International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year. A three-time Grammy Award winner, she has toured with Alison Krauss and Michelle Shocked and is the driving force of Nashville’s indie label, Compass Records.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2013
Sunday, December 29 at 7:30pm
Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and created for TV by Heidi Thomas, CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally.
At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless. Dr. Turner is in a race against time to immunize children against polio, but when the illness strikes closer to home, he finds there’s nothing he can do but hope. Chummy persuades a royal visitor to the East End to open the new Community Centre. It’s a race against time as Chummy tries to get everything in place for the big day.
Christmas at Belmont
Friday, December 20 at 10:00pm & Tuesday, December 24 at 8:00pm
Nashville shows why it’s called Music City as acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Nearly 700 Belmont University student musicians join Graves, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present the seasonal celebration. The program also features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Bluegrass Ensembles.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Monday, December 23 at 9:00pm
From Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY WITH THE ST. OLAF CHOIR treats PBS viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor. The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — is internationally known. Musical selections include innovative arrangements of Christmas music (“The Word Was God” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming/The Rose”), gospel spirituals (“This Little Light of Mine”) and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs.