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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Phoenix Arizona

 

At the Desert Botanical Garden, Samantha and traveler Jack Maxwell take in the stunning beauty of wildflowers and blooming cactus as they walk the Sonoran Desert trails. They then hit up the popular Breadfruit & Rum Bar, who serve up unique Jamaican dishes and carefully concocted rum cocktails. At Cosanti Originals, Samantha leans the art of bronze pouring and bell making. From there, Samantha visits the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taliesin West, which served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architectural school. Exploring the one-of-a-kind Musical Instrument Museum, Samantha experiences over 7,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Samantha then gets the ultimate farm to table restaurant experience at The Farm at South Mountain, whose focus includes self-sustainability and locally created arts. Sparking her theater roots, Samantha visits the brilliant Black Theatre Troupe, whose productions illuminate the African-American experience and culture.

 

 

 

A St. Thomas Christmas
Comfort and Joy 2019

A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: Comfort and Joy 2019

 

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota proudly presents the fifth national broadcast of its annual Christmas concert. The festive holiday performance A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: COMFORT & JOY showcases the university’s world-class vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert. The one-hour holiday special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season, drawing from both familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. This year, the program premieres a new commissioned original work entitled “Comfort & Joy,” composed by Jocelyn Hagen. The piece features the entire tour de force of ensembles from the University of St. Thomas, including the chamber singers, concert choir, liturgical choir, Donne unite, symphonic wind ensemble, string orchestra, and brass choir. The program will be filmed before a live audience of 2,500 choral and instrumental music enthusiasts at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on December 8, 2019. Orchestra Hall is home to the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra and widely known for its acoustic design in the honored tradition of renowned European concert halls.

 

A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: Comfort and Joy 2019

 

 

 

NĀ MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Richard Ho‘opi‘i and George Kahumoku Jr.

 

Richard Ho‘opi‘i and George Kahumoku Jr. walked into the PBS Hawai‘i studio, sat down with their instruments, and began to play. George, with his mellow slack key guitar and soothing voice, performing alongside Richard, with his never ending smile and his beautiful falsetto, offered song after song, with talk story in-between. This impromptu concert can only be described as pure joy.

 

 

 

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.

 

Handel’s Messiah

 

 

 

International Jazz Day from Cuba

International Jazz Day from Cuba

 

More than four dozen world-renowned artists come together for an International Jazz Day celebration in Havana, Cuba, culminating in an all-star concert. Featuring performances by Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Chucho Valdes and more.

 

 

 

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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CRAFT IN AMERICA:
Music

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Music

 

Focus on the makers of finely crafted handmade instruments – guitar, ukulele, trumpet, banjo and timpani – and the renowned musicians who play them, including Joan Baez, Jake Shimabukuro, Rhiannon Giddens, Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Joseph Pereira. Included is a visit to Kamaka Hawaii on Oahu.

 

 

 

Big Family:
The Story of Bluegrass Music

 

Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

 

 

 

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