a new documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Jim Brown that focuses on portions of the trio’s career not included in earlier PBS specials. This program features rare and previously unseen television footage including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs. This is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts.
From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers’ moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.
Jackie Evancho - Awakening - Live In Concert
The angelic Jackie Evancho returns to PBS with her latest collection of songs from her new CD, Awakening. Drawn from the best-known pieces from the classical canon, along with uplifting sacred music, Broadway tunes and pop songs, Jackie’s astoundingly beautiful young voice soars in the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre, nestled among more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows in Brandywine Creek Valley in Pennsylvania, the singer’s home state. The first television special ever permitted to be taped on site at Longwood, it features Jackie performing onstage and at other stunning locations throughout the gardens, including the Chimes Tower and the spectacular Main Fountain.
Cheyenne Jackson joins Jackie to share duties as host and on a number of duets. Cheyenne, star of Broadway, film and television, is well known for his award-winning Broadway performance in Finian’s Rainbow, his recurring role on NBC’s 30 Rock, and his starring role in the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Cheyenne and Jackie also show viewers some of the splendid beauty of Longwood Gardens as they tour key locations within it.
Celtic Woman: Emerald
Celtic Woman: Emerald spotlights newly re-imagined performances of fan favorites from the group’s treasure chest of Celtic songs. Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Chloe Agnew and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt perform timeless songs such as “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace,” “Shenandoah,” and “Awakening.” A celebration of the rich musical heritage of the Emerald Isles, Celtic Woman dazzles a family-friendly audience in this one-of-a-kind interactive concert experience that showcases the group’s sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with the talents of a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
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. The ensemble’s evocative, uplifting music has crossed over national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a devoted fan base that spans the globe. This unique, all-female, adult contemporary ensemble has gone on to achieve world-renowned success by connecting directly to fans via public television and international tours. Celtic Woman has sold over eight million CDs and DVDs worldwide, with multi-platinum album sales in nine countries, and over 2.3 million concert tickets sold.
DuDu Fisher In Concert From Israel
Best known for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, Dudu Fisher brings an exciting and visually stunning concert taped at the historic Beit She’an archaeological site in his beloved Israel. Connecting his talent as a Broadway performer, cantor, and contemporary artist with the beauty of Israel’s landscape, culture and people; Dudu takes the audience on an inspired journey through his music and stories.
Great Performances: Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings
The music of Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot showcases the confluence between the violinist’s famed classical technique and Helfgot’s magnificent voice, and is the result of a mutual admiration society. “It was a dream to someday sing with him,” remarks Helfgot. “And now the dream has become real.” Also featuring reminiscences by Elie Wiesel, Joel Grey, and Neil Sedaka, the program is directed by Joshua Waletzky, whose earlier collaboration with Perlman, In the Fiddler’s House, won a Primetime Emmy in 1995.
Great Performances - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy – narrated by Joel Grey -- explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Featuring interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy showcases the work of some of the nation’s pre-eminent creators of musical theatre including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jule Styne and many others.
Though these remarkable songwriters were purveyors of what we think of today as the Broadway sound, the documentary demonstrates how there were echoes of Jewish strains in many of the works. From “Yiddishkeit” (all things Jewish) on the stages of the Lower East Side at the turn of the century to a wide range of shows including Porgy and Bess, West Side Story and Cabaret, the film explores how Jewish music and ethos informs many of America’s favorite musicals.
Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
The legendary Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming to Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. Streisand is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs she has never performed on a concert stage.
Mixing her trademark classics with rarer older material and selections from her more recent albums, Streisand, in her first concert appearance in six years, and backed by a 60-piece orchestra led by William Ross, keeps the capacity house enthralled. In all, she sings 27 songs, nine of which she never before performed live, and three which she sings in different ways; that is, either with different arrangements or with newly composed lyrics.
The Gig Holiday Music Special
The Gig Holiday Special features some of South Florida’s most talented musicians. Artists of several music genres come together to perform the Season’s favorite tunes. Hosted by South Florida’s own, Monique Arenas, the special highlights uniquely arranged classic holiday tracks with a South Florida twist. Bands featured include: Afrobeta, Keba, A New Way to Live Forever, Emily Brooke, Paul Bellantoni, Maggie Baugh with Mason Pace, James Coyle, and more! Watch a special screening of the holiday special and chat with the musical guests on December 15th during the broadcast. Find out more here.
The Gig is a half-hour television program focused on featuring local musicians of all genres in the South Florida community. The show presents exclusive interviews with musical artists and live in-studio performances.