On-Air Highlights

Live Music New Years Eve

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 28, 2012 11:36 AM

witf tv provides entertainment and soundtrack to your new years eve celebrations. We kick off our evening of music performances Live from Lincoln Center 8:00pm. The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani, rings in 2013 with this celebration of the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch. The program highlights selections that span Hamlisch’s groundbreaking music for stage and film. Audra McDonald hosts.

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Photo by Courtesy of 2012 MPL Communications Ltd / Photographer: MJ Kim

Paul McCartney and Diana Krall rehearsing

Then at 9:30pm on Great Performances we feature Paul McCartney. At the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution that changed popular music forever in his early career with the Beatles, McCartney has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, a member of his second group, Wings, and an award-winning composer for classical music and dance. Join witf for an intimate concert recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, featuring performances of such standards as “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Always,” “Bye Bye Blackbird” and more.

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Photo by Courtesy of Kelsey Bennett

Tony Bennett pictured with Amy Winehouse

At 10:30pm we continue with Great performances with the legendary Tony Bennett. witf will feature his greatest hits, performed by today’s biggest stars. Tony is joined by a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse in what became her last recording, the sessions were filmed to capture the magic of these performers singing with the master of the Great American Songbook: Tony Bennett.

At midnight, witf presents a concert with three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. He performs in his trademark New Orleans style and featuring Connick’s big band and a 12-piece string section with Connick on both a Steinway grand and upright honky-tonk piano.

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