Posts Tagged ‘America’

Bet on a winner

KET’s Thoroughbred races onto screens nationwide this week

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrate Derby Week and Kentucky’s horse-racing history with viewers across the country by tuning in to the national broadcast of KET’s lush 2010 documentary celebrating that most breathtaking of horse breeds: the Thoroughbred.

“We knew we had a winner with this documentary, and we’re very proud that PBS has chosen to bring Thoroughbred to a wider audience nationwide,” said Craig Cornwell, KET’s director of programming. “It’s a real pleasure to be able to share this unique part of Kentucky’s heritage with the rest of the country.”

From Central Kentucky to Dubai, Thoroughbred, directed by Academy-Award winner Paul Wagner, captures the beauty of the racehorse, introduces the people whose lives revolve around this legendary creature, and explores the history and traditions of the Thoroughbred.

“The film takes you into the hidden world of the Thoroughbred — the places, the people, the history, and culture of America’s oldest sport,” says Wagner. “Although Thoroughbred focuses on a year leading up to the 2009 Kentucky Derby, our hope is that we’ve created a timeless film, as relevant in 10 years as it is today.”

Tune in Thursday, May 5 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Monday, May 9 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

Green spaces

Visionary urban planner and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011






Louisvillians are indebted to Frederick Law Olmsted for some of its most beautiful outdoor spaces. It’s fitting then, to honor him for Earth Day. These two programs celebrate this most accomplished urban planner and landscape architect:

Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks
This program examines Olmsted’s impact on the development of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century. With incredible foresight, he brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Louisville’s beautiful city park system.

Catch it on Wednesday, April 20 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2 and on Tuesday, April 26 at 9/8 pm CT on KET.

Olmsted in Louisville
Olmsted is best known for designing New York’s Central Park. But his last achievement was the design of Louisville’s elaborately beautiful city park system featured in this documentary which focuses on the “three jewels” — the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee Parks.

Tune in Wednesday, April 20 at 10/9 pm CT on KET2 and Sunday, May 29 at 8/7 pm CT KETKY or watch it online.

Star-studded line-up

All*Star Bluegrass Celebration

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011

This concert brings together the best of America’s most popular and enduring indigenous musical styles. Host Ricky Skaggs welcomes Vince Gill, The Dixie Chicks, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, and Nickel Creek.

All*Star Bluegrass Celebration lives up to its name as it captures an historic gathering of the living legends, the biggest stars, and a new generation of Bluegrass artists all in on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The show opens the first of three segments with a blistering version of, “Shady Grove” from the Bluegrass trailblazer and his band, Kentucky Thunder. Country superstar Vince Gill teams up with new Grand Ole Opry member and Bluegrass ambassador Del McCoury and his band for a classic gospel number, followed by Alison Krauss + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, who offer a riveting performance of “Let Me Touch You for a While.”

Act Two presents Earl Scruggs, whose five-string banjo helped define the Bluegrass sound during his years with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, knocks his signature “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” out of the park. The original “Man of Constant Sorrow,” Ralph Stanley, brings his haunting high lonesome sound to center stage—and, in a fresh twist, welcomes country star Patty Loveless for a charming duet on the classic “Pretty Polly,” before concluding the set with a spine-tingling a capella rendition of “O Death”.

Act Three opens with a tribute to Monroe that includes his immortal “Uncle Pen,” performed by Skaggs, Loveless, and Tritt. In a nod to the music’s appeal to musicians of every genre, Skaggs brings on pop-rock star Bruce Hornsby for some Bluegrass piano on a traditional number, “Darlin’ Corey”. Nickel Creek follows with “Seven Wonders.” The program ends with an all-out jam session finale of Monroe’s fiery instrumental, “Rawhide.”

Join KET‘s own Dave Shuffett (who knows a thing or two about Kentucky), as he presents this special TeleFund program tonight at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

Also tonight, catch these other TeleFund offerings:

* NEW! Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 at 8/7 pm CT on KET2
* Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night at 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET

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