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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...
Happy New Year! And mahalo a nui loa for your viewership and support of PBS Hawaii in the year just ending.
We have four music spectaculars coming up for you in the week ahead, including a GREAT PERFORMANCES welcome to the New Year from Vienna, hosted by Julie Andrews.
More on the great music in a bit.
First, a timely subject for many parents and students on locally produced INSIGHTS on PBS Hawaii (Thurs., Jan. 3, 8:00 pm). Host Dan Boylan and guests discuss the High Cost of College and ways to make higher education more affordable.
Scheduled to appear are Frank Green, President-Elect of the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Dayna Kaneshiro, Post-High School Counselor at Roosevelt High School; Shelley Lane, Director of Curriculum and College Counseling at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls; and Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education.
INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
Jenny and the nurses of Nonnatus House are back for a Call the Midwife Holiday Special (Sun., Dec. 30, 6:30 pm). Newly married Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play and Jenny tries to find an elderly vagrant's children, while the nurses and nuns tend to an abandoned newborn.
French author Richard Collasse, who wrote a novel about Japan's March 2011 tsunami, revisits Miyagi Prefecture and meets with survivors in TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 A Novelist's Journey to Tohoku (Sun., Dec. 30, 10:30 pm).
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER (Mon., Dec. 31, 8:00 pm, encore at 10:30 pm) rings in 2013 by celebrating the life and works of one of America's greatest music composers, who passed away this year. Hosted by Audra McDonald, One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch features Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Kelli O'Hara and Frederica Von Stade, backed by the New York Philharmonic with conductor Paul Gemignani.
From the opulent Musikverein, GREAT PERFORMANCES From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013 (Tues., Jan. 1, 8:00 pm) offers favorite Strauss family waltzes. Julie Andrews hosts the program, featuring guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna City Ballet.
GREAT PERFORMANCES (Tues., Jan. 1, 9:30 pm), explores Jewish artists whose talents have shaped Broadway musicals from the golden age to the contemporary stage. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy showcases Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa.
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 turned much of the northern hemisphere into an ash-strewn no-fly zone. Now, the 10-times larger Icelandic volcano, Katla, has begun to swell and grumble. In NOVA Doomsday Volcanoes (Wed., Jan. 2, 9:00 pm), scientists anticipate the impact these volcanic eruptions could have on air travel, the food supply and the Earth's climate.
In a related program, the first of a new six-part miniseries, LIFE ON FIRE (Wed., Jan. 2, 10:00 pm) looks at which of the Icelandic Volcanoes may awaken next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be.
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (Thurs., Jan. 3, 10:00 pm) is a character study of Congressman Joseph Cao, a GOP Vietnamese American elected by surprise in a historically African American Democratic district in New Orleans.