Archive for December, 2010


Great Performances features classical music’s new star

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

Great Performances spotlights the opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel, featuring renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes hosts “Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic with Juan Diego Florez,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.

Flórez and Dudamel, close friends off the concert stage, developed the special lineup of bel canto arias and popular Latin American canciones by Rossini, Granda, Lara, Moncayo, Grever, Gutiérrez, and Márquez for “Celebración!”

In describing the conductor’s interpretation of Rossini’s “Semiramide” overture, critic Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times enthused, “Dudamel rode Rossini’s crescendos like a surfer on an epic wave, sending nature’s power into the concert hall. He brought out wonderful instrumental details. The orchestra sparkled.”

Looking for more Dudamel? Don’t miss Tavis Smiley Reports “Dudamel: Conducting a Life,” an intimate look into the life and artistry of the charismatic conductor, airing Thursday, Dec. 30 at midnight/11 p.m. CT.

Genius Within

American Masters profiles eccentric pianist Glenn Gould

Monday, Dec. 27, 2010

There have been other documentaries about Glenn Gould, a profoundly enigmatic musical poet, but they were typically sidetracked by his eccentricities, focusing on the pills and gloves and scarves — missing the man, the magic, and the message behind his music. American Masters pierces through the myths and misconceptions about this humming and hunched figure, whose fingers glided across the piano as no one’s before or since. “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” airs tonight at 9/8 p.m. CT.

The program considers the western cult of celebrity that surrounded this reclusive artist — the myth is humanized and viewers are given the opportunity to grasp the passion and inspiration that gave rise to his genius and incomparable power of expression. Told with the benefit of his remarkable recordings and through interviews with those who knew him best — his lover, his manager, his personal assistant, his collaborators — Gould is revealed and newly revered.

Merry Christmas to All

Christmas festivities continue this weekend on KET

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

The holiday fun continues throughout the weekend on KET with Christmas concerts and children’s specials.

Tonight, six siblings, all classically trained musicians, offer a fresh fusion of sounds on Christmas the Annie Moses Band, and Tonic Sol-Fa: Greatest Time of Year features musical artistry, showmanship, and humor as the group performs a mix of holiday favorites. It all starts at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.

Next, Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and light-hearted seasonal favorites on Christmas at Belmont, airing Thursday, Dec. 23 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET. Immediately following, world-renowned musicians perform traditional holiday music on Christmas Concert from Norway.

Then, Family Traditions: The Crane Candlelight Concert features more than 300 carolers and musicians musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music, airing Friday, Dec. 24 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2. And, Christmas at Concordia – Journey to Bethlehem, airing 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT on KET, features holiday favorites and the world-renowned choirs.

Finally, Christmas morning finds Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat searching for gifts for each other at 7/6 a.m. CT on KET. Wyatt has an important question for Santa on Super WHY! at 8/7 a.m. CT on KET. And, America’s Children’s Parade features PBS Kids stars, colorful floats, terrific marching bands, giant helium balloons, and performance groups. It airs 8/7 a.m. CT on KET2.

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