Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas
Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins Great Performances superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics airing on Thanksgiving night. Showcasing Bocelli’s unmistakable soaring vocals are lush new arrangements infused with the distinctive Foster touch. The inspiring concert performance, recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, also features special musical guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, The Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Among the featured songs highlighted will be “White Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song,” “What Child is This” and many more.
Sunday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.
The Celtic Woman journey to international renown began in 2005. Now, with more than three million CDs and DVDs sold in the US — including gold and platinum album certifications, a #4 debut on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart for more than 90 consecutive weeks — three hit specials on PBS and concerts in front of more than 800,000 fans in the U.S. alone, Celtic Woman remains a major force in the contemporary music landscape. "The voices of Celtic Woman blend together so smoothly you might think these women have been harmonizing since they were in their cribs. They sing like angels, almost ethereal on their classical material yet equally adept at creating good fun with folksier numbers.”, the New York Times says.
Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes
Viewers of all ages will delight in this multifaceted extravaganza, which includes dynamic Rockette performances, multiplying Santas and childhood dreams-come-true in the Nutcracker, all enhanced with breathtaking special effects and gorgeous costumes. Everything is framed by the power of the holiday spirit and the heartwarming magic that only the Christmas Spectacular and the holiday season bring.The Rockettes continue to be an American treasure, and their performance style has always been both glamorous and complex. As the stars of this legendary holiday production, the Rockettes showcase their signature precision dance style and perform some of the freshest and most challenging Rockette choreography ever conceived.
Monday, December 20 at 11:00 p.m. & Saturday, December 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
When the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant started 26 years ago, it was one of several such productions. Now it stands as one of the most successful, not only among churches, but alongside similar programs like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular."We’re inspired by Radio City, but our camels get closer," noted artistic director Jeff Crevier, who points out that the dromedaries are just a few feet away from the Christmas Pageant’s audience members as they walk through the center of the crowd.The program features a Broadway-style opening scene with Christmas favorites, followed by a rousing concert of inspirational holiday songs.
Wednesday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole
Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. She joins the Choir to perform "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and David McCullough reflects on "American Christmas Memories." The 60-minute program also includes "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from the Messiah, "Christmas Carols in the Air," "Angels, from the Realms of Glory" as well as performances by a combined children's choir and ballet dancers.
Thursday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows
The program features classic clips from Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. Filling homes with seasonal cheer, the specials became a cherished holiday family tradition. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as performances with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the show clips.
Friday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
Christmas at Concordia: Journey to Bethlehem
In this new special, nationally recognized composer and conductor René Clausen of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota re-imagines Christmas, taking viewers of all faiths and traditions on a musical journey. The college’s 83rd annual concert combines the pageantry of opera, the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks, and the intimacy of delicate solos. Taped on multiple stages and featuring 450 musicians in both large and small ensembles, the program’s diverse selections include sacred seasonal favorites and original compositions by Clausen.