Sunday, November 27 at 7:00 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. See Andrea Bocelli in concert.
Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Celtic Woman: Believe
Celtic Woman: Believe is the seventh studio album by the group Celtic Woman released on May 25, 2011. This album is intended to be released exclusively in Japan to promote the film Princess Toyotomi. This is Celtic Woman's first album to feature their newest member Lisa Lambe. Performers in Believe are vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe, Órla Fallon, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Hayley Westenra, Lynn Hilary, Alex Sharpe, and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt.
Wednesday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.
Nature: Christmas In Yellowstone follows in the snowy footprints of Yellowstone’s red foxes, spies on the predatory warfare of wolves and elk, and climbs into the den of a grizzly bear that gives birth to two cubs while deep in hibernation.
Wednesday, December 21 at 10:00 p.m.
Christmas at St. Olaf
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Participating choral ensembles include the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong '78; Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, both conducted by Christopher Aspaas '95; Cantorei, conducted by John Ferguson; and Manitou Singers, conducted by Sigrid Johnson. The St. Olaf Orchestra is conducted by Steven Amundson. Each group performs individually and as part of a mass ensemble.
Saturday, December 24 at 6:00 p.m.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011
In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 89 years later, this American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace. The tradition continues with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation as they present the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony nationwide.
Sunday, December 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Christmas at Belmont
Hosted by Broadway and country music star Laura Bell Bundy, and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children¹s Choir for CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT. This year’s edition of CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, as well as mass choir. The performance includes both classic sacred holiday music such as “The First Noel” and “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” as well as festive seasonal songs such as “Carol of the Bells” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” to name a few.
Sunday, December 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
When the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant started 27 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 animals are real and 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.
Sunday, December 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York
Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and acclaimed actor Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion. Recorded live in the spectacular 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this remarkable event combines elegant dancing, masterful musical performances and storytelling. Complete with Yuletide favorites such as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” the memorable performance also includes unique music such as “Los pastores a belén,” sung by David Archuleta completely in Spanish, Michael York’s touching tale about the humble beginnings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Sunday, December 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas with the King Family
In celebration of their television debut, join the King Family as they take a heartwarming look back at their classic Christmas specials in this holiday TV event. In clips unseen for nearly three decades The Kings perform a cavalcade of classic showstoppers, while sharing personal, behind-the-scenes memories in contemporary interviews featuring King Sisters - Yvonne King and Marilyn King, Tina Cole and King Cousins - Cathy, Candy, Ric, Jamie & Xan along with Cam Clarke (anime star and voice of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' "Leonardo") and King KidsLaurette and Susannah.