Minnesota

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

 

 

 

NATURE
American Spring Live: Connections

NATURE: American Spring Live

 

NATURE, television’s longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

 

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Connections
Nature’s perfect partnerships, precisely synchronized, have evolved over thousands of years. Learn how plants and animals depend on each other to survive. See first-hand how climate change can break those connections, altering the timing of weather and plant growth, and disrupting the delicate relationships between plants and pollinators such as moths, bees and butterflies. Watch a family of wolf cubs explore their den in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park and learn about their vital connection with the park’s ecosystem. Plus, see how bobcats at Point Reyes National Seashore hunt for mice and other small prey.

 

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Doubt from the Minnesota Opera

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Doubt from the Minnesota Opera

 

This first-time collaboration between Stanley and composer Douglas J. Cuomo is a production of the Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative and is directed by Kevin Newbury. The opera stars GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, Adriana Zabala as Sister James, Matthew Worth as Father Flynn and Denyce Graves as Mrs. Miller. It is a production of Minnesota Opera.

 

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A St. Thomas Christmas:
Jubilant Light

 

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota presents a festive concert showcasing their renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles in performance, drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. The University’s Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the String Orchestra will all perform. The program includes a performance of “Jubilant Light” by composer James Stephenson.

 

This program will encore Sat., Dec. 24, 11:00 pm

 

HIKI NŌ
Episode #802

 

TOP STORY
Students from Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island tell the amazing story of their school’s “Come Fly With Me” program that teaches middle school students how to pilot actual helicopters. The program takes students from classroom instruction (where they learn about the different parts of a helicopter and what they do) to actual flight-time. From the experience, students learn the value of remaining calm under pressure and how to think on their feet. The program is also used to get students to think about aviation as a possible career path.

 

ALSO FEATURED:
–A student from Wai‘anae High School in West O‘ahu tells the very personal story of how her father, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, copes with intense pain every day.

 

–Students from Seabury Hall Middle School on Maui feature a local teacher/writer who brings Hawai‘i’s plantation days back to life on the printed page.

 

–Students at Hawaii Technology Academy on O‘ahu demonstrate how to tie a bow-tie and, as a result, add some flair to one’s wardrobe.

 

–Students at Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Public Charter School on Kaua‘i tell us of their school’s special relationship with Saint Thomas University in Minnesota. And students from Hawaii Mission Academy on O‘ahu introduce us to the grandson of one of the most beloved Hawaiian cultural icons of all time: Mary Kawena Pukui.

 

This program encores Saturday, Nov. 26 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

America in Black & Blue
A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special

America in Black & Blue, A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special

 

After a week of violence, grief and horror, with five police officers shot dead in Dallas, and two African American men shot dead by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, this news special will dig deep to explore the roots of these events, competing accounts of responsibility and justice, and televise the conversation that America is having around so many losses, mutual fears, and also around the common ground where progress may be made. Journalist Alison Stewart anchors, with reports from Newark, New Jersey and Minneapolis, Minnesota.