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  • Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert

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    Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert

    Over the last 25 years, Cirque du Soleil has captured the imaginations of 100 million spectators in over 300 cities on five continents with an original mixture of circus arts, theatre, choreography, live music, imaginative costumes, technical innovations and an artistic vision that continues to challenge and entertain.

    Since 1993, Cirque du Soleil has produced seven original, permanent shows in Las Vegas, creating a garden of delights that has transformed the very nature of entertainment in this desert oasis. Now the artistic universe of Cirque du Soleil is captured in a performance special, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: FLOWERS IN THE DESERT, an extraordinary entertainment experience that is part of special programming airing on witf on December 1 at 8 p.m. and December 2 at 1 a.m.

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: FLOWERS IN THE DESERT presents mesmerizing performances, recorded in high definition, of Mystère, O, KÀ, LOVE, and their latest production, Viva ELVIS, as well as sneak peeks of Zumanity and CRISS ANGEL Believe. Behind the scenes interviews and backstage footage allow the viewers to explore the creative process behind the performances.

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: FLOWERS IN THE DESERT explores a garden of exotic flowers growing in the Nevada desert. Flowers open to reveal rich, imaginative worlds within, and as we enter one of these worlds, a Cirque show begins. This transformation provides our entry into and exit from the different worlds created by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

    During the show, we'll be offering special Cirque Du Soleil themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the “Cirque du Soleil 25" 2-CD set. For your gift of $90 you'll receive the "Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert" DVD. For your gift of $125, you'll receive both the 2-CD set and DVD.

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    Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 16:26

  • Human Nature sings Motown with special guest Smokey Robinson

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    Human Nature sings Motown with special guest Smokey Robinson

    For more than 19 years, the vocal talents of Human Nature have forged one of the most successful careers in Australian music history. The band has sold millions of CDs around the world, having released eight albums and numerous singles. Now those extraordinary voices pay tribute to the music that influenced generations and inspired Human Nature from the very beginning as they sing and dance their way through the Motown hit list. With high energy takes on the great sounds of vocal groups like the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Jackson Five, Martha and the Vandellas and others, Human Nature brings their incredible vocal harmonies to some of pop music’s most enduring anthems.

    Human Nature sings Motown with special guest Smokey Robinson features these performances:

    • “The Tracks of My Tears”
    • “Dancing in the Street”/“You Keep Me Hanging On”
    • “Baby I Need Your Loving”
    • “Just My Imagination”/“The Way You Do the Things You Do”
    • “Stop! In the Name of Love”
    • “People Get Ready”
    • “Earth Angel”
    • “I’ll Be There”
    • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
    • “Get Ready” (duet w/ Smokey Robinson)
    • “Ooh Baby Baby”
    • “My Girl”
    • “ABC”/“I Can’t Get Next To You”/“Uptight (Everything’s All Right)”/“25 Miles”
    • “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”

     

    witf will air Human Nature sings Motown with special guest Smokey Robinson as part of our TV pledge drive on December 6 at 8 p.m., December 7 at 1 a.m. and December 11 at 5:30 p.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special Human Nature themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $60, you'll receive the “Human Nature: The Motown Record” CD. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the "Human Nature Sings Motown with Special Guest Smokey Robinson" DVD. For your gift of $125, you'll receive both the CD and DVD. For your gift of $75, you'll receive 2 tickets to see Human Nature at Hershey Theatre on April 25, 2012. For your gift of $150, you'll receive 2 tickets to see Human Nature at the Hershey Theatre on April 25, 2012, as well as a meet-and-greet with the band.

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    Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 11:59

  • Get in the holiday spirit with our TV and radio lineup!

    Written by Colette Cope, witf Interactive Producer

    Get in the holiday spirit with our TV and radio lineup!

    Grab your friends and family, set out some cookies and other holiday goodies, and then get warm and cozy, because we have a great lineup of holiday programming planned for TV and radio. Get details on what you can expect below:

    December 21:

    TV:

    • 8 p.m. - Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone

     

    Radio:

    • 2 p.m. - Chanukah in Story and Song

     

    December 22:

    TV:

    • 8 p.m. - Christmas at Belmont

     

    Radio:

    • 8 p.m. - Chanukah in Story and Song (repeat)

     

    December 23:

    TV:

    • 7 a.m. - Curious George - A Very Monkey Christmas
    • 10 a.m. - Shalom Sesame - Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
    • 10 p.m. - Bucknell Candlelight Christmas

     

    Radio:

    • 12 p.m. - Music of the Baroque - Two hour brass and choral holiday concert

     

    December 24:

    TV:

    • 3:30 p.m. - European Christmas Markets
    • 4 p.m. - L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010: Enjoy highlights of the six-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Christmas Eve 2009.
    • 5 p.m. - National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011; Celebrating its 89th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country.
    • 6 p.m. - Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of this annual Christmas music festival showcasing the artistry of the choirs and orchestra of St. Olaf College.
    • 7 p.m. - Lawrence Welk Show: We go back to 1966 to celebrate Christmas with Lawrence, his Musical Family, and their families. Lawrence makes his annual singing entrance on "Jingle Bells". You're guaranteed to fall in love with Barbara & Bobby as Raggedy Ann & Andy for the "Doll Dance". The Lennon Sisters sing the beautiful "Star Carol" while JoAnn Castle rocks the house with "Frosty The Snowman". Aladdin gives the show a perfect touch with the holiday classic "Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus". You'll want to watch this show with your whole family.
    • 8 p.m. - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta: Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and actor Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion.
    • 9 p.m. - Christmas at Belmont: Enjoy this annual holiday concert that showcases the students from Belmont University’s comprehensive music program.
    • 10 p.m. - Nature: Revel in a Christmas like no other — from the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley. "Christmas in Yellowstone"
    • 11 p.m. - Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of this annual Christmas music festival showcasing the artistry of the choirs and orchestra of St. Olaf College.

     

    Radio:

    • 10 a.m. - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
    • 12 p.m. - Classical Air holiday favorites
    • 12:30 p.m. - Christmas Glow - Holiday concert with opera star Renee Fleming and Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    • 1 p.m. - THE MET: Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment
    • 4 p.m. - Welcome Christmas with VocalEssense
    • 6 p.m. - A Prairie Home Companion
    • 8 p.m. - Thistle and Shamrock
    • 9 p.m. Echoes Christmas specials

     

    December 25:

    TV:

    • 7 a.m. - Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas: Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat can't decide what to give each other for Christmas.
    • 8 a.m. - Dinosaur Train: "Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers"
    • 8:30 a.m. - Caillou: "Caillou's Christmas"
    • 9 a.m. - WordWorld: "The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present for Dog"
    • 9:30 a.m. - CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS: "Heroes and Friends/The Cookie Crumbles"
    • 10 a.m. - Super Why!: "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
    • 10:30 a.m. - Sid the Science Kid: "Sid's Holiday Adventure"
    • 11:30 a.m. - Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker: The cartoon fairy ballerina Prima Princessa takes a group of pre-school children on a magical Christmas journey to see a live performance of 'The Nutcracker' performed by England's world famous Birmingham Royal Ballet. Prima Princessa delightfully narrates the story so children can understand the plot. Between acts the kids get up and dance, learning simple ballet steps from students at SAB, official academy of the New York City Ballet. Additional fun including a Holiday party with cookie and gingerbread house decorating, Christmas crafting, and Holiday Freeze Dancing!
    • 12:30 p.m. - Nonna Tell Me A Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen
    • 1 p.m. - Lidia Celebrates America: Celebrate culture through food with celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich. "Holiday Tables & Traditions"
    • 2 p.m. - Christmas at Belmont: Enjoy this annual holiday concert that showcases the students from Belmont University’s comprehensive music program.
    • 3 p.m. - Candles and Carols: "Candles and Carols"
    • 4 p.m. - St. Thomas Christmas 2010: This Christmas season, the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. — an institution known for its inspired musical programming — once again shares its annual holiday concert with public television audiences.
    • 5 p.m. - TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE: The late Ossie Davis narrates a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas, with musical performances by Jewel, Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
    • 6 p.m. - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta...: Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and actor Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion.
    • 7 p.m. - L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010: Enjoy highlights of the six-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Christmas Eve 2009.
    • 8 p.m. - Nature: Revel in a Christmas like no other — from the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley. "Christmas in Yellowstone"
    • 10:30 p.m. - European Christmas Markets

     

    Radio:

    • 10 a.m. - Echoes of Christmas
    • 11 a.m. - Leroy Anderson's Christmas Music
    • 12 p.m. - A Chanticleer Christmas
    • 3 p.m. - St. Olaf Christmas Festival
    • 6 p.m. - A Music Box Christmas
    • 8 p.m. - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

     

    December 26:

    Radio:

    • 12 p.m. - The Nutcracker
    • 2 p.m. - A Season's Griot 2011 - One-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song

     

    December 31:

    Radio:

    • 10 p.m. - Prairie Home Companion

     

    January 1:

    Radio:

    • 6 p.m. - A Music Box New Year Celebration

     

    Looking for more holiday programming? You can find our complete TV schedule here.

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    Monday, 28 Nov 2011 18:29

  • Celtic Thunder Christmas

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    Celtic Thunder Christmas

    Just announced: Get more out of your giving! If you are a new or lapsed donor, the HEP Foundation has agreed to match your donation dollar for dollar during this show!

     

    This heart-warming Celtic Thunder show features holiday standards such as "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night," as well as a few specially-written originals, "Going Home For Christmas," "Christmas Morning Donegal" and "Our First Christmas Together."

    Filmed in Poughkeepsie, NY in front of a live audience, Irishmen Damian McGinty, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and Scotsman George Donaldson of Celtic Thunder bring together their affinity for a great popular song with outstanding live performances, pay homage to cherished holiday favorites. The show is a holiday celebration for all the family performed as ever with Celtic Thunder magic

    witf will air Celtic Thunder Christmas as part of our TV pledge drive on December 4 at 7 p.m., December 5 at 12 a.m., December 9 at 12 p.m., December 12 at 9:30 p.m. and December 13 at 2:30 a.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special  Celtic Thunder themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $60, you'll receive the “Celtic Thunder: Christmas" CD. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the "Celtic Thunder:  Christmas" DVD. For your gift of $150, you'll receive both the CD and DVD. For your gift if $200, you'll receive a meet and greet for 2 with Celtic Thunder at witf in March 2012.

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    Monday, 28 Nov 2011 11:25

  • Celtic Woman - Believe

    Written by Colette Cope, witf Interactive Producer

    Celtic Woman - Believe

    Just announced: Get more out of your giving! If you are a new or lapsed donor, the HEP Foundation has agreed to match your donation dollar for dollar during this show!

     

    Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, the singing sensation Celtic Woman presents a new chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. CELTIC WOMAN — BELIEVE is part of special programming airing on witf in December.

    CELTIC WOMAN — BELIEVE stars vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, performing classic Irish songs (“The Water Is Wide,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” “A Woman’s Heart,” “The Parting Glass”), timeless pop anthems (“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Tears in Heaven”), and inspirational songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Smile,” “Ave Maria”) with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.

    Celtic Woman’s previous smash-hit public television programs and companion live concert DVDs were filmed at historic locations around Ireland, including Slane Castle and Powerscourt House & Gardens. For the first time ever, this Celtic Woman concert was filmed in the United States, capturing the infectious energy of their loyal American fans. Directed by Emmy-nominated Ryan Polito, BELIEVE is a free-flowing cinematic experience that makes viewers feel as if they are front and center, in the middle of the magic.

    The extravagant production was filmed at Atlanta, Georgia’s Fox Theatre (former grand movie palace and now National Historic Landmark) with a dazzling array of visual and musical effects — including a 20-piece orchestra, seven-piece Celtic Woman Band, 16-piece Atlanta Bagpipe Band, lush vocal harmonies from the 10-member Aontas Choir and a 30-member children’s choir — serving as the backdrop to the grace and beauty of Celtic Woman.

    Since Celtic Woman’s March 2005 American debut on public television, the unique all-female ensemble has emerged as a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. Their evocative, uplifting music has crossed over national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a devoted fan base that spans the globe.

    witf will air Celtic Woman - Believe as part of our TV pledge drive on December 4 at 8:30 p.m., December 5 at 1:30 a.m., December 12 at 8 p.m. and December 13 at 1 a.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special Celtic Woman themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $60, you'll receive either the “Celtic Woman - Believe" CD. For your gift of $100, you'll receive the "Celtic Woman - Believe: Live" DVD. For your gift of $150, you'll receive both the CD and DVD. For your gift of  $250, you'll receive 2 tickets to see Celtic Woman at the Giant Center in Hershey on March 6, 2012.

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    Sunday, 27 Nov 2011 11:19

  • Santana Live at Montreux

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    Santana Live at Montreux

    Santana’s world music, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz fusion has reached across the globe and stayed with audiences through the eras. The legendary Carlos Santana brings together this unique blend of styles and sounds to deliver a blistering performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival fresh for 2011. SANTANA GREATEST HITS – LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011 is part of special programming premiering on witf in December.

    This live show is a perfect display of the multi-Grammy Award- winning artist as not only an accomplished composer and band leader, but also as the incredible musician who ranks among the greatest guitarists of all time.

    With a truly remarkable career that proves talent and longevity walk hand-in-hand, Carlos takes to the prestigious Montreux stage to play his impressive hit list that includes early tracks “Evil Ways” and “Jingo” from 1969, to later chart-toppers “Smooth” and “Maria Maria.” Other standout classics include favorites “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.”

    witf will air SANTANA GREATEST HITS – LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011 as part of our TV pledge drive on December 3 at 7 p.m. and December 4 at 1:30 a.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special Santana themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the “Santana - Greatest Hits - Live at Montreux 2011” DVD. For your gift of $100, you'll receive the "Santana Legacy Edition" 2-CD set. For your gift of $150, you'll receive both the 2-CD set and the DVD.

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    Saturday, 26 Nov 2011 11:47

  • Straight No Chaser -- Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition

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    Straight No Chaser -- Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition

    On the heels of two successful PBS specials and sold-out tour dates all over the country, the 10-man a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser returns to public television with an all-new special, STRAIGHT NO CHASER — SONGS OF THE DECADES: HOLIDAY EDITION, part of special programming airing on witf on December 3 at 7 p.m., December 4 at 12 a.m. and December 11 at 7 p.m.

    If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses … think again. The members of Straight No Chaser (SNC) — Randy Stine, Jerome Collins, Michael Luginbill, David Roberts, Charlie Mechling, Walter Chase, Don Nottingham, Ryan Ahlwardt, Seggie Isho and Tyler Trepp — are neither straitlaced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

    STRAIGHT NO CHASER — SONGS OF THE DECADES: HOLIDAY EDITION, filmed live during the group’s sold-out engagement at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, is a follow-up to SNC’s hit program, LIVE IN NEW YORK, which premiered on PBS to great success in 2009. The material in this new special is a journey through the decades of the pop songbook, including nods to everyone from Little Anthony and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”), Elvis Presley (“Heartbreak Hotel,” Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”), Buddy Holly (“That’ll Be the Day”), The Four Seasons (“Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry”), Stevie Wonder (“Superstition”), the BeeGees (“Stayin’ Alive”), Michael Jackson (“Billie Jean”), Madonna (“Like a Prayer,” backed by a sensational gospel choir) and Boyz II Men (“End of the Road,” which includes a surprise appearance by a very special guest) to a moving rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You” … all featuring SNC’s trademark harmonies and unique wit and charm. The evening is full of innovative musical mashups, clever costuming touches, sharp choreography and unexpected pleasures. For this holiday edition, the guys also add some popular Yuletide favorites, including a side-splitting arrangement of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and their trademark “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

    Asked about returning to PBS with a new special, SNC’s Charlie Mechling said, “As you can imagine, getting 10 guys to agree on anything is an adventure, but getting the opportunity to work again with PBS and creating this new special is something each one of us is thrilled about.”

    Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. During 2011 alone, the group will have performed for more than 500,000 fans in 175 shows throughout the world. They’ve come a long way since their initial YouTube video, a nearly decade-old performance of their unique arrangement of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” became a viral sensation in 2006, catching the attention of Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records. Since then, they have been recording, touring, and performing nonstop — virtually reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.

    witf will air STRAIGHT NO CHASER — SONGS OF THE DECADES: HOLIDAY EDITION as part of our TV pledge drive on December 3 at 7 p.m., December 4 at 12 a.m., December 11 at 7 p.m., December 12 at 9:30 p.m. and December 13 at 2:30 a.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special Straight No Chaser themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the "Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition" DVD. For your gift of $95, you'll receive the "With a Twist Deluxe Edition" CD/DVD. For your gift of $175, you'll receive a combo of the two plus the "Christmas Cheer" CD.

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    Friday, 25 Nov 2011 12:09

  • NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone

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    NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone

    Stretching across more than 2.2 million acres of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho is one of the greatest expanses of unspoiled nature and wildlife anywhere on Earth — Yellowstone National Park. Designated America’s first national park (and the world’s) in 1872, today Yellowstone receives almost three million visitors each year. And yet, only a very small fraction of those who glimpse the park’s stunning vistas, geological wonders and animal residents do so during the winter months — a time when Yellowstone’s inhospitality is matched only by its serenity.

    NATURE follows in the snowy footprints of Yellowstone’s red foxes, spies on the predatory play of wolves and elk, and climbs into the den of a grizzly bear that gives birth to two cubs while deep in hibernation when “Christmas in Yellowstone,” available in high definition, airs on witf as part of our TV pledge drive on November 30 at 8 p.m. and December 1 at 1 a.m.

    In addition to mesmerizing footage of landscapes and wildlife, “Christmas in Yellowstone” trails author and photographer Tom Murphy, who spends part of each winter camping and photographing amid the silence and solitude deep within the park.

    “The undisturbed beauty of Yellowstone is really a gift that each generation of Americans, and people from all over the world, can enjoy,” says Fred Kaufman, executive producer of NATURE. “But not everyone can get there, so this holiday season, we’re bringing this gift to viewers — who, even if they’ve visited Yellowstone, will never have seen it quite like this.”

    “Christmas in Yellowstone” is a tableau of captivating intimate scenes: a red fox shows its ingenious method of catching rodents that it can hear — but not see — beneath the snow; frost-covered bison huddle close by geothermal springs; the giant grizzly’s four-pound cubs playfully wrestle in their secluded den; a family of otters reunites with its injured youngster; a stoic bald eagle perches high up on a bare branch; and geyser steam rises beneath the winter solstice horizon that turns from pink to fiery orange. Across a vast, empty, snow-covered hill, the lone red fox curiously approaches a most unusual visitor — one who stands on skis and holds a camera in his hand

    Photographer and writer Tom Murphy has been coming to Yellowstone for the past 26 winters. He wades through hip-deep snow drifts to reach the perfect spot for morning photographs and, emptying out his 80-pound pack, reveals the supplies and gear that are necessary to survive winter in Yellowstone. “The reason I do this is it’s an opportunity to see this country at its wildest and most beautiful, when the cold keeps most people away,” Murphy says in the program. “It’s my church, my cathedral. You get a sense of what happens when life is left alone.”

    During the show, we'll be offering special Yellowstone themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the “Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone" DVD. For your gift of $120, you'll receive the DVD plus the "Christmas in Yellowstone Music from the Original Soundtrack" CD. For your gift of $180, you'll receive both the DVD, CD and the "Silence and Solitude Yellowstone's Winter Wilderness" book.

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    Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 11:52

  • 4TROOPS: Live from The Intrepid

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    4TROOPS: Live from The Intrepid

    4TROOPS, a new pop vocal group, is composed of United States combat veterans who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan: former Captain Meredith Melcher, former Sergeant Daniel Jens, Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Ron Henry and former Sergeant David Clemo. While they were overseas, music played a crucial and personal role in all of their lives. They sang at large military events and in more intimate settings; often, they would jam in their bunk after a long day in the field and try to reclaim a piece of home. They also used their voices at somber occasions such as memorial services, when they sang to remember those who had been lost. As 4TROOPS, these veterans share their experiences as a voice for troops — honoring the sacrifices of soldiers and military families in song and creating awareness of their needs.

    4TROOPS: LIVE FROM THE INTREPID is the group’s debut performance special and features an inspirational repertoire of well-known patriotic and pop hits. All of the songs take on a special meaning when performed by four combat heroes. The concert begins with “For Freedom,” an uplifting soldiers’ tribute written by Matt Moran for his grandfather, a WWII veteran. Jens sings and plays acoustic guitar on “Galveston,” written by Jimmy Webb and popularized by Glen Campbell. Country star Toby Keith gave his blessing for 4TROOPS’ new version of his popular and controversial post-9/11 hit, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” with lyrics revised to reflect a 2010 outlook.

    Other emotional performances include Melcher’s rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,”; Lonestar’s “I’m Already There,” reinvented as an evocative military homecoming; the inspirational ballad “You Raise Me Up”; and Henry’s interpretation of Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father,” featuring an emotional dance by Melcher and her father, three-star Lieutenant General (Ret.) David Melcher. Broadway Inspirational Voices, a gospel ensemble composed of theatre actors, joins 4TROOPS for a solemn tribute to fallen soldiers set to “Amazing Grace” and accompanied by a bagpiper; a patriotic medley featuring “Grand Old Flag” and “America the Beautiful”; and the celebratory finale, “Raise Your Glasses,” by Kiss and Holly Knight, which brings audience members to their feet, clapping and singing along.

    4TROOPS gives our veterans a face. We wanted to make viewers more conscious of those who willingly serve our country, and celebrate those service men and women,” said Laura Savini of WLIW21, a co-producer of the program. “Music connects people. With this concert we hope that PBS audiences will appreciate these performers and consider our troops and their service.” The concert was filmed March 15, 2010, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, one of America’s leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the museum is centered on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, one of the most successful ships in U.S. history and now a national historic landmark.

    witf will air 4TROOPS: LIVE FROM THE INTREPID as part of our TV pledge drive on November 30 at 9:30 p.m., December 1 at 3 a.m. and December 10 at 3 p.m.

    During the show, we'll be offering special 4Troops themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $60, you'll receive the "4Troops” CD. For your gift of $90, you'll receive the "4Troops Live from the Intrepid" DVD. For your gift of $125, you'll receive both the CD and DVD.

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    Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 12:31

  • Comedy roundup: 'The Best of Laugh-in,' 'The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special' and 'Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy'

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    Comedy roundup: 'The Best of Laugh-in,' 'The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special' and 'Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy'

    On Sunday, November 27, witf has a great lineup of comedy specials that will take you on a trip down memory lane, laughing all the way.

    Starting at 3 p.m. is Laugh-in. Before Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, there was Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, one of the most revolutionary television shows of all time. From 1968 until 1973, Laugh-in frequently was seen by 50 million viewers, capturing the zeitgeist of the era with its anarchic energy and pop aesthetic. Combining the blackout comedy of the vaudeville tradition with a 1960s-style “happening,” psychedelic costumes, graphics, graffiti, outrageous characters, and a new political awareness, Laugh-in became one of the most popular shows in history. THE BEST OF LAUGH-IN is a delightful tribute to the comedy-variety program, which not only transformed television but became an important training ground for an entire generation of young writers and comic talent.

    Then at 4 p.m., we'll air The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special. For 23 years, "The Ed Sullivan Show" featured America's premiere comedy legends performing their acts for millions of Americans every week. This special from the Sullivan archives brings back the original stars that defined the history of comedy, in their prime doing their original acts. The talent line-up includes classic bits from Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge and many more.

    Rounding out the lineup at 6:30 p.m. is Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy. When I Love Lucy debuted October 15, 1951, the show became an instant sensation, defining the situation comedy format, driving thousands of viewers to television for the first time, and turning its unlikely star, Lucille Ball, into a legend. The humble road to that success began under the watchful eyes of studio heads like Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer. Ball underwent many metamorphoses (and hair colors) while honing her skill for comedy, eventually making her a reliable – if not bankable – movie star. But it was the small screen and her ability to “make ’em laugh” that turned her into an influential icon who still reverberates in the entertainment industry today. American Masters explores the incredible life of Lucille Ball – the first female television superstar and first female head of a major studio – in Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy.

    witf is airing these shows as part of our TV pledge drive. Contributing to witf helps everyone in your community benefit from award-winning news, programs and articles that open us up to exciting new ideas and worlds. Donate online now!

    Published in On-Air Highlights

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    Monday, 21 Nov 2011 12:02