A majority of Italian-Americans can trace their roots to southern Italy; for many, Visions of Italy will be a first look at the small villages of Il Mezzogiorno ("the midday") — Puglia, Abruzzi, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria — their ancestors left generations ago, in many ways unchanged by time. The helicopter flies over the most popular destinations in southern Italy — the romance of the Amalfi Coast (and the hairpin turns of the Amalfi Drive!); the bustling international seaport of Naples and the jewels among its islands, Ischia and Capri; the majesty of Vesuvius; the ruins of Pompeii; Rome’s Scalinata di Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and Colosseum — but the program’s flight also reveals extraordinary sights that don’t make most itineraries.
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 9:30pm
Celtic Thunder takes a journey through the varying styles of Celtic and Irish music, from old and traditional standards such as Lagan Love and Maid of Culmore to more contemporary, modern Irish songs, Past The Point of Rescue, Ride On and All Day Long, stopping at lively ensembles Galway Girl and a tribute to the Clancy Brothers in the Clancy Brother Medley along the way. It is also the first Celtic Thunder show where all of the artists play different instruments.
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 9:30pm
Nutritional science has made phenomenal discoveries in recent years. In this program, best-selling author and researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman shows how we can supercharge our immune system to protect our bodies against disease — everything from the common cold to cancer.
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 8:00pm
Deep in the Borneo rainforest, veterinarians and caregivers have a massive and emotional task ahead of them: rescuing and nursing the jungle’s most appealing — and most vulnerable — animals back to health. There are approximately 600 orangutans being cared for day and night at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Centre. Most have had traumatic lives, clinging to survival as rainforests are burned around them, while others are snatched from the wild to be sold as pets. Every day is a challenge for the team as they care for the orphans and deal with the human crises of life in a rainforest hospital.
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 10:00pm
Organized by musician Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, nonprofit charity event held every October to raise funds for the school’s programs for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. Some of the biggest names in music participate in these all-acoustic concerts held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The anniversary concert special includes performances that span the past 25 years. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and others.
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 8:00pm
Drawing heavily on This Republic of Suffering, historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book, “Death and the Civil War” explores a critical but largely overlooked aspect of the Civil War experience: the immense and varied implications of the war’s staggering and unprecedented death toll. The war created a veritable “republic of suffering,” as landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted described the wounded and dying arriving at Union hospital ships on the Virginia Peninsula. The shattering Civil War death toll transformed hundreds of thousands of individual lives and the life of the nation as well.
Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:00pm
Sat, 09/22/2012 - 8:00pm
Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, the singing sensation Celtic Woman presents a new chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. The extravagant production was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, with a dazzling array of visual and musical effects, including a 20-piece orchestra, seven-piece Celtic Woman Band, 16-piece Atlanta Bagpipe Band, lush vocal harmonies from the 10-member Aontas Choir and a 30-member children’s choir, serving as the backdrop to the grace and beauty of Celtic Woman.
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 9:30pm
Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:00pm
The 1950s and doo wop love songs go hand-in-hand, like two straws and a shake. America's favorite malt shop memories are back with this doo wop collection for lovers only. Hosts Jerry Butler and Cousin Brucie Morrow bring back the backseat ballads in this celebration of great vocal groups. Recorded at the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the program features performances by the Tokens, Dubs, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Larry Chance and the Earls, and a reunion of the Original Drifters (Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Bobby Hendricks and Bill Pinkney).
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 8:00pm
Fri, 09/21/2012 - 8:00pm
In June 2011, eleven year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho dazzled viewers with her first GREAT PERFORMANCES solo concert from the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. In follow-up to her GP debut, the little girl with a big voice returns with a new special showcasing the great songs from the silver screen. Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie puts her unique stamp on such audience favorites as “My Heart Will Go On” (Titanic), “Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific), “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King), “Pure Imagination” (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and many more.