This Month At A Glance
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- Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8pm and Tuesday, Dec. 24, 9pm
- Israel: Facing The Future - Tuesday, December 10, 9pm
- Silent Night - Friday, December 13, 9pm
- Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk - December 16, 8pm and December 19, 10pm
- Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 - Tuesday, December 17, 8pm
- How Sherlock Changed The World - Tuesday, December 17, 9pm
- Craft In America "Holiday" - Friday, December 20, 9pm
- Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir - Monday, December 23, 9pm
- Comet Encounter - Wednesday, December 25, 10pm
- Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (American Masters) - Friday, December 27, 9pm
- Call The Midwife Holiday Special - Sunday, December 29, 7:30pm
- New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma - Tuesday, December 31, 8pm
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw
As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe's moving signature performance of "Bring Him Home" is a highlight.
Israel: Facing The Future
Join BBC journalist John Ware as he journeys to Israel for a fresh look at the country's response to the changes sweeping the region in the wake of the Arab Spring. Meeting Israelis from all walks of life, Ware ventures beyond the news clichés and analyzes what's next for the Jewish state, as both the religious and the secular battle over its future.
This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German, and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.
Mondays, 8pm and Thursdays, 10pm
Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk
Highlights include one of a set of six inherited chairs, made 50 years ago by a furniture designer who also did commissions for Aristotle Onassis; a rare and extensive collection of WWII prison camp materials that posthumously established a glider pilot's eligibility for a medal; and a drawing and lithograph by iconic American artist Grant Wood.
Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913
An epic labor strike that devastated Michigan's Copper Country in 1913 haunts the American labor movement to this day. Among the notable elements of that strike was the death of 73 children at a union Christmas party, a tragedy immortalized by Woody Guthrie in his ballad "1913 Massacre," performed in the film by Steve Earle. The event remains the deadliest unsolved manslaughter in U.S. history.
How Sherlock Changed The World
The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an era when eyewitness reports and "smoking gun" evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes' crime-scene methods were revolutionary. With a mix of interviews, dramatic reconstruction and archives, the program tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.
Craft In America "Holiday"
"Holiday" celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt's opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.
Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir
From Trondheim's historic Nidaros Cathedral, CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY WITH THE ST. OLAF CHOIR features the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor. The production pairs the cathedral's spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a capella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir is internationally known.
In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. With after hit — "The Way We Were," "Nobody Does It Better" and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line, this documentary tells a deeply personal, insider story of one of the great artists of our time.
Call The Midwife Holiday Special
CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally.
New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic's opening gala concert featuring music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. Audra McDonald hosts the broadcast, which features interstitial interviews with Yo-Yo Ma and composer Osvaldo Golijov.