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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

 

Handel’s Messiah is a 90-minute docudrama – narrated by Jane Seymour – that tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18. With more than 42 operas on three continents, Handel was a prodigious musical genius. And while many of his musical works have endured, his most notable composition, and one that’s investigated with most detail, is his oratorio Messiah. The debut performance of Messiah in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 was a turning point for George Handel. It was also a turning point for Charles Jennens, the man who wrote the libretto for the oratorio, and Susannah Cibber, a formerly-scorned actress/singer who regained her standing within the theater after performing her solo. Handel’s Messiah is an inspiring story of redemption. The message and the music is pertinent to all generations, regardless of personal beliefs.

 

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RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL
European Christmas

RICK STEVES' SPECIAL: European Christmas

 

Host Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to learn about customs, hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES
The Sound of Music

 

Enjoy a new U.K. production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony for 1959. Inspired by the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers’ escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism, the presentation stars Kara Tointon as Maria and
Julian Ovender as Captain von Trapp.

 

 

 

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD
Nova Scotia & Newfoundland

 

From the charming fishing towns of Nova Scotia to the vast wilderness of Newfoundland, these are the last great. open spaces of Eastern North America. A touch of New England, a dash of Germany, here a British fort, there an Irish brogue, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are mixed-up worlds peopled by the descendants of hardy colonists who came to fish and trade fur. Lighthouses sweep the skies, the seas are littered with shipwrecks whales cruise the coastline in the summer, storms rage in the winter, but the warmth of the hardy people who live in these two provinces makes the lonely landscape beautiful rather than forbidding.

 

 

 

RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL
European Festivals

RICK STEVES' SPECIAL: European Festivals

 

In this one-hour special, it’s party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. We run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena’s Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich’s Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Filmed on location across Europe, this promises to be a very entertaining hour.

 

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ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Berlin

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Berlin

 

Olafur Eliasson considers the impact of art beyond the object in this preview of the upcoming Berlin episode from Season 9 of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series. Featured artists include Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Hiwa K and Susan Philipsz.

 

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Sarah Brightman:
Hymn

SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Hymn

 

Filmed in Germany’s Bavarian Alps in a magical setting of mountains, lakes, castles and cuckoo clock houses, this brand new concert features Sarah Brightman performing songs from throughout her career, accompanied by her band, a 40-piece orchestra, a 50-voice choir and dancers.

 

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