It’s a party!

TeleFund features Motown reunion, Celtic Thunder, and more

Music lovers: Mark your calendars. This year’s KET TeleFund 2015 — which runs Feb. 28 through March 15 — includes a smorgasbord of great concert specials featuring a reunion of many of Motown’s biggest stars, vocal powerhouse Celtic Thunder, and a look back at some of your favorite get-up-and-dance ’50s and ’60s pop songs.

Kicking off TeleFund ’15 is Motown 25, a program that hasn’t been broadcast for more than two decades and which features performances commemorating the influential record label’s 25th anniversary. It airs Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8/7 pm on KET and Monday, March 2 at 9/8 pm on KET2.

The historic celebration includes Michael Jackson’s moonwalking performance of “Billie Jean,” Smokey Robinson’s long-awaited reunion with The Miracles, a Temptations/Four Tops battle of the bands, Marvin Gaye’s memorable performance of “What’s Going On,” a Jackson 5 reunion, and a reunion of Diana Ross & the Supremes, who perform their final #1 hit, “Someday We’ll Be Together” from 1969.

In the concert program Celtic Thunder Voyage, worldwide touring sensation Celtic Thunder, above, showcases its powerhouse vocals in traditional Irish and Celtic standards as well as modern favorites. It airs Monday, March 2 at 8/7 pm and Wednesday, March 4 at 8/7 pm on KET2. Plus, don’t miss your chance to see them perform live.

John Denver fans won’t want to miss an all-new documentary, John Denver: Country Boy, which explores the legendary singer’s enduring legacy. Learn about the private life and public legacy of the singer/songwriter through archival footage and interviews with those who knew him best. It premieres Sunday, March 1 at 6/5 pm on KET.

For Anglophiles, TeleFund serves up tantalizing season finales of hits The Great British Baking Show and Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” as well as a new Doc Martin behind-the-scenes special.

And for those hoping to make some positive lifestyle changes in 2015, KET offers sound financial advice from gurus Suze Orman, Ed Slott, more.

To make your contribution of support to KET during TeleFund, call (800) 866-0366 or donate online.


Deck the halls

December is filled with holiday programs on KET

Get in the holiday spirit with our heart-warming, festive tributes to the season, which include all-star performances of your favorite holiday songs, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, holiday specials of Call the Midwife and Vicious, and so much more. There’s something for everyone!

On Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert create inconveniences for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House.

On Call the Midwife Holiday Special, rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert create inconveniences for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House.

Holiday Highlights:

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
KET2: Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10/9 pm
World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell performs an intimate holiday concert in his Manhattan residence.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
KET: Monday, Dec. 22 at 8/7 pm
The evening’s festivities include performances by some of the most recognizable followed by the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

The First Silent Night
KET: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 10/9 pm
Actor Simon Callow journeys to Austria to uncover the moving origins of the Christmas carol “Silent Night.”

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
KET: Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8/7 pm
KET2: Sunday, Dec. 28 at 6/5 pm
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert create inconveniences for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. And the question on everyone’s mind is: What will 1960 bring?

Vicious Holiday Special
KET2: Thursday, Dec. 25 at 9:30/8:30 pm
KET: Thursday, Dec. 25 at 10:30/9:30 pm
Freddie and Stuart host a holiday soiree. A wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths.

Holiday Best Bets:

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
KET2: Sunday, Dec. 14 at 8/7 pm
The acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, performs holiday favorites.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
KET: Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10/9 pm
Host Vivian Howard presents tips on celebrating the season with homemade peanut brittle, old-fashioned caramels and much more.

Around the World: The Crane Candlelight Concert
KET2: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 9/8 am
The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra present a holiday concert featuring more than 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

An Appalachian Christmas
KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 6/5 pm
Al White, Alice White and Ruth McLain Smith, who toured for years as part of the McLain Family Band, perform music from their new Christmas CD.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 8/7 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra for a concert of holiday favorites.

Purdue 80th Anniversary Christmas Show
KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 10/9 pm
The ensembles of Purdue University’s music programs perform holiday favorites.

The Holidays at Murray State
KET: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at midnight/11 pm
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers of Murray State University perform seasonal tunes.

Live from Lincoln Center “Gershwin Celebration at The New York Philharmonic with Dianne Reeves”
KET: Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 8/7 pm
The gala rings in 2015 with George Gershwin favorites, featuring legendary jazz singer Dianne Reeves and Tony-nominated Broadway star Norm Lewis.

Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room
KET: Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 10/9 pm
Entertainer Michael Feinstein performs with Darren Criss, Aaron Tveit, Leslie Odom, Kelli O’Hara, Christine Ebersole and more.

Oppa Grantham style

Celebrate the holiday like you’re living in an abbey

They didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving at Downton Abbey, but they did do a lot of entertaining. There is right way and a wrong way to do things, of course, as the Crawleys are definitely not like other people. As the Dowager Countess says, without all the pomp and circumstance, they’d be like the wild men of Borneo.

Watch as the actors and series historical advisor Alastair Bruce explore the rites and rituals of traditional entertaining.

And you know all that food doesn’t get there by itself. See how Daisy and the rest of the kitchen staff does it in this video featuring the cast talking about the heart of the Downton kitchen: Mrs. Patmore.

Hungry for more? Read this Masterpiece article on the food secrets of Downton, with series food stylist Lisa Heathcote, to learn insider secrets about preparing and filming the gourmet grandeur that is Downton Abbey’s food.

And don’t forget about our free special preview events for the first episode of the new season! The first is in Louisville Dec. 18, followed by Lexington on Dec. 20. Registration is required, so sign up now.

Be sure mark your calendar now for the premiere of Season 5 of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey” Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9/8 pm on KET.

And have a happy Grantsgiving from KET!

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