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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  December 1 - December 7

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

It'll be a week of festive holiday celebrations on PBS Hawaii. That means lots of music and some delicious dishes!

Songs of Joy (image) The Hawaiian language is the star of a special evening of Hawaiian Christmas medleys and original compositions in Songs of Joy: A PBS Hawaii Holiday Celebration (Mon, Dec. 2, 7:30 pm). The songs you'll hear were picked by the performers, remembering childhood holiday experiences.

Please join me and my co-host, musical artist/composer Aaron Salā, for this pledge-of-support concert. Good folks from across the state who govern this public-service media organization, PBS Hawaii's Board of Directors, headed by Robbie Alm, will staff the phone bank. We'd love to hear from you.

The performers are: Manu Boyd; Ho'okena with Maila Gibson; Kuana Torres Kahele (pictured); Henry Kapono; Nina Kealiiwahamana with Aaron Salā; The Leo Nahenahe Singers; Gail Mack with Gordon Kim; and Peter Medeiros with Joshua Silva and Nathaniel Stillman. Look for a gorgeously decorated 9-foot Christmas tree (courtesy of Ben Franklin Crafts) that we'll offer in an auction. The tree is reusable. The music program will be available on PBSHawaii.org for 24 hours via live streaming as well.

Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:

Return to Downton Abbey (image) Return to Downton Abbey (Sun., Dec. 1, 7:00 pm) to refresh your memory of this blockbuster series' past three seasons, then get a sneak preview of Season 4, which premieres January 5th. Hosted by actress Susan Sarandon, the program includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members and clips of favorite moments.

Pavarotti (image) GREAT PERFORMANCES (Sun., Dec. 1, 8:30 pm) celebrates Luciano Pavarotti's musical legacy of bringing opera to the masses in Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages. From the operatic stage to stadium concerts and pop collaborations, see why many consider him to be the world's greatest voice.

Il Volo (image) A young trio of singers starts the holiday season in Il Volo Buon Natale (Mon., Dec. 2, 9:30 pm), with performances of favorite Christmas classics such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "O Holy Night," "Jingle Bell Rock" and many more.

The Texas Tenors (image) Enjoy a smooth blend of country, folk, opera and Broadway – mixed with humor and cowboy charm – as The Texas Tenors perform in their first PBS special You Should Dream (Tues., Dec. 3, 10:00 pm).

Celtic Woman (image) Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas (Fri., Dec. 6, 9:00 pm) has the all-female ensemble performing holiday favorites such as "Silent Night," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Joy to the World."

Simply Ming (image) In SIMPLY MING Michael Schlow and Basting (Sat., Dec. 7, 5:30 pm), Chef Michael uses the technique to prepare halibut with mushrooms, quinoa and tomatoes, while chef Ming opts for making pan-roasted duck with cranberry-fig sweet-and-sour sauce, along with noodle chow mein (pictured).

Chef April Bloomfield and friends prepare their versions of British Classics in THE MIND OF A CHEF (Sat., Dec. 7, 7:00 pm), including bangers and mash, fish-n-chips and pies galore.

(Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 pm) shows us two sides of Tokyo, Japan: Celebrating the Past and Present – the glitz and glamor of a modern city along with the heart and soul of Japanese customs and traditions.

Chris Mann (image) Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special (Sat., Dec. 7, 10:00 pm) features the vocalist with guests Martina McBride and Mindy Abair singing Christmas classics, including "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

Elvis (image) Finally, we'll take a midweek break from holiday celebrations to present an encore of the king of rock and roll's 1973 live concert performance, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii (Wed., Dec. 4, 8:00 pm).

For more program listings by genre, click here.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
PBS Hawaii
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