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PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
Ohta-san: Virtuosity and Legacy

PBS Hawaii Presents Ohta-san: Virtuosity and Legacy

Herb Ohta is one of the giants of the ‘ukulele who snatched the simple four-stringed instrument out of the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage. In this special, Herb Ohta, known as Ohta-San, brings his solo ukulele riffs to the PBS Hawai‘i studios, playing numbers such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” He also teams up with his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for their take on the Hawaiian classics “Hi’ilawe” and “Sanoe.”

 

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Making of a New American Nutcracker

Making of a New American Nutcracker

 

Narrator Neve Campbell interviews the creative team that brings to life an original Joffrey Ballet production, reimagining the tale of Marie as she falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of the World’s Fair.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES
Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still

 

Enter a world of non-stop dance, the daring artists who dedicate their lives to it and an extraordinary place where it flourishes. Filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, this program features thrilling performances and revelatory conversations with renowned choreographers and dancers, including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, and one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham. Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film interweaves the story of Jacob’s Pillow as a generator for creativity with the history of dance in America.

 

NOVA
Mystery of a Masterpiece

 

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered Leonardo da Vinci masterwork worth more than $100 million. How did cutting-edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo?‌ NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching cold case art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover who “committed the art,” and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

 

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances

 

For the first time, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER draws back the curtain on one of the world’s premier ballet academies — the School of American Ballet — with a presentation of the school’s 50th Annual Workshop Performance, taped in June 2014, featuring an all-Balanchine program. The workshop performances demonstrate the continuing tradition of excellence fostered at this prestigious ballet academy and showcase the talented dancers of the future.

 

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Miami Beach, FL, Part 3 of 3 | Madison, WI, Part 2 of 3

 

Miami Beach, FL, Part 3 of 3

Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Eric Silver at Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum to examine its large collection of World’s Fair objects – from souvenir ash trays to Fair objects to spectacular works of fine art. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a rare Qing Dynasty (early 18th-century) vase; a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120 guitar; and a charming oil painting by popular Victorian artist John George Brown, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.

 

Madison, WI, Part 2 of 3

In Madison, Wisconsin, the Roadshow investigates the shocking heist of artifacts from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include photos by noted American photographer Edward Weston in the late 1930s or early 1940s; a table crafted for the owner’s parents circa 1956 by mid-century-modern master furniture maker George Nakashima; and an ornate silver, enamel and turquoise-studded exhibition piece, crafted by Tiffany for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Werther

 

Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance, starring Jonas Kaufmann and French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.