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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
James Bay / Rhiannon Giddens

 

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut album Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

 

The LA Philharmonic’s gala celebration of John Williams’ peerless achievements reunites him with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features Williams’ noted compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List and Star Wars.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Flute Maker

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Flute Maker
Geri Littlejohn has been making Native American-style flutes for more than 20 years. She starts with a simple piece of bamboo and finishes with what she likes to call a “sacred musical gift of art.”

 

NA MELE
Richard Ho‘opi‘i and George Kahumoku Jr.

 

Richard Ho‘opi‘i and George Kahumoku Jr. walked into the PBS Hawaii studio, sat down with their instruments, and began to play. George, with his mellow slack key guitar and soothing voice, performing alongside Richard, with his never ending smile and his beautiful falsetto, offered song after song, with talk story in-between. This impromptu concert can only be described as pure joy.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2017

 

Julie Andrews hosts a traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The program features Strauss Family waltzes and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks.

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
Ohta-san: Virtuosity and Legacy

 

Jessie Kalima. Lyle Ritz. Eddie Kamae. Herb Ohta. In the 50s, 60s and 70s, these giants of the ukulele snatched the simple four-stringed instrument away from the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage. In this special, Herb Ohta, known as Ohta-San, brings his solo ukulele riffs to the PBS Hawaii studios, playing numbers such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” He also teams up with his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for their take on the Hawaiian classics “Hi’ilawe” and “Sanoe.”

 

A St. Thomas Christmas:
Jubilant Light

 

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota presents a festive concert showcasing their renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles in performance, drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. The University’s Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the String Orchestra will all perform. The program includes a performance of “Jubilant Light” by composer James Stephenson.

 

This program will encore Sat., Dec. 24, 11:00 pm

 

SOUNDBREAKING
Painting with Sound

 

This wide-ranging, eight-part series, airing weeknights Nov. 14-23, explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our modern world. The series offers unprecedented access to more than 150 artists and producers from across the music spectrum, and features rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack.

 

This series was the last creative project for Sir George Martin, the producer who was instrumental behind many of The Beatles’ albums, before he passed away in March.

 

Painting with Sound
Learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument, transforming popular music. Featured: The Beach Boys, Beck, Bon Iver, Boston, The Eurythmics, Fleetwood Mac, Les Paul, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and more.

 

SOUNDBREAKING
The Human Instrument

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This wide-ranging, eight-part series, airing weeknights Nov. 14-23, explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our modern world. The series offers unprecedented access to more than 150 artists and producers from across the music spectrum, and features rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack.

 

This series was the last creative project for Sir George Martin, the producer who was instrumental behind many of The Beatles’ albums, before he passed away in March.

 

The Human Instrument
Celebrate the art and science of recording the human voice, the soul of a song. Featured: Adele, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Queen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and more.

 

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