CONTACT: Paul Marotta 215-351-1265 email@example.com WHYY SELECT SEPTEMBER TELEVISION PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS Documentary special marks one-year anniversary of Pavarotti’s death and first US broadcast marks 30th anniversary of Billy Joel performance WHYY TV12 highlights during the month of September 2008 include some never before seen music specials, including the US premiere of a rare Billy Joel performance on the 30 anniversary of its concert debut, Billy Joel: The Stranger Live. Marking the one-year anniversary of the death of the King of High C’s, Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias, looks back on the life of one of the most remarkable opera singers of our time. Also highlighting the month is an all-Italian night of programming, with WHYY’s own production of South Philly: Italian Style, as well as That’s Amore and My Family. Also in September is a rare never before seen concert by the Who from 1977, The Who at Kilburn, as well as a live PBS special from San Francisco, The 60s Live – My Generation My Music. Program schedule and descriptions are as follows: My Friend’s Garden: Longwood Gardens Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. Longwood Gardens, a Mecca for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s great public gardens: A place renowned for its opulent conservatories, formal flowerbeds, majestic trees and grand fountain displays. Nearly a million visitors a year come to look at the splendor. Few know this spectacular display garden better than distinguished horticulturist Dr. Richard Lighty. He began his long career as a botanist and his journey of bringing people and plants together at Longwood Gardens. Dick, as his friends and colleagues know him, has had the opportunity to visit gardens around the world and has experienced them in all their dimensions. In this program, Dick revisits Longwood and shares his unique vision about gardens: Why we garden and why we are attracted to them. André Rieu: Live In Vienna Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 pm Perennial PBS favorites André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir perform on the square in front of the imperial Hofburg Palace in the heart of Vienna. André Rieu: Live In Vienna features Rieu’s arrangements of notable compositions from famous Viennese composers, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Emmerich Kálmán, Robert Stolz and C.M. Ziehrer and one famous American — Richard Rodgers. All are presented against a background of some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Joining the orchestra and choir are the Ballet of Vienna State Opera, the Vienna debutantes from the Elmayer Dance School, the Platinum Tenors and sopranos Carmen Monarcha, Carla Maffioletti, Mirusia Louwerse and Suzan Erens. World-famous waltzes and melodies in Live In Vienna include Strauss’ ―The Beautiful Blue Danube‖ and ―Gold and Silver,‖ Lehár’s ―Lips Are Sealed‖ and ―Song of the Volga,‖ Stolz’ ―Trees Are Blooming in Vienna,‖ Mozart’s ―A Little Night Music‖ and many other sparkling selections. And, Richard Rodgers’ ―The Sound of Music,‖ as viewers undoubtedly know, is the title song from the musical set in Austria. Rain: The Beatles Experience Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m. The award-winning Beatles concert, Rain: The Beatles Experience returns to television as a concert special. Produced from a live stage show the Denver Post calls Rain “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles” and features the biggest hits from Rain’s broad repertoire of Beatlemaniac favorites, all filmed live with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences. Flawless renditions of such beloved songs as ―Yesterday,‖ ―Twist and Shout,‖ ―A Hard Day’s Night,‖ and ―Come Together‖ lead up to an exhilarating finale—Rain’s evocative and stirring performance of ―Hey Jude.‖ Rain: The Beatles Experience covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their longhaired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. For more than two decades, Rain has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect notefor-note performance. This public television special re-creates the truly stellar live experience that continues to wow audiences across the country. Billy Joel: The Stranger Live Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 p.m. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Billy Joel’s 1978 British concert debut, Billy Joel: The Stranger Live is a live television performance on the BBC’s "Old Grey Whistle Test" a seldom-seen sixty-minute cavalcade from 1978 that has aired only once on the UK’s BBC2. During this performance, a U.S. broadcast premiere, the legendary singer/songwriter played a set of now-classic hits, including ―Only the Good Die Young,‖ ―Movin’ Out,‖ ―She’s Always a Woman‖ and ―Just the Way You Are,‖ which earned 1978 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Joel and his band also performed ―New York State of Mind‖ and ―Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)‖ off 1976’s Turnstiles as well as Piano Man stomper ―Ain’t No Crime.‖ Filmed March 14, 1978 at the BBC Television Theatre in London, England. Band members were Liberty DeVitto (drums), Doug Stegmeyer (bass), Richie Cannata (saxophone/organ), and Russell Javors (guitar). GREAT PERFORMANCES: Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias Wednesday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. When Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti’s peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. From his humble origins in Modena, Italy, A Life in Seven Arias follows ―the King of the High C’s‖ meteoric rise, spanning through his London debut in La Boheme, his triumph in La fille du regiment, and his iconic rendition of ―Nessun Dorma.‖ In addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, also featured are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor’s friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Juan Diego Florez. South Philly: Italian Style Thursday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Pop singer Bobby Rydell returns to his roots to tell the story in this one-hour documentary of a vibrant neighborhood in South Philly: Italian Style, a WHYY production. The history, politics, art, religion, food and life of the people of South Philadelphia come to life. This one-hour program features interviews with historians, entertainers and journalists, as well as the residents themselves, who trace their roots in the neighborhood through several generations. Included are profiles of the Italian Market, Palumbo’s, Mario Lanza, former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, the Victor Cafe, Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, Doo Wop, and much, much more. That’s Amore: Italian-American Favorites Thursday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m. That’s Amore: Italian-American Favorites brings together archival performances from some of America’s most loved Italian-American singers and classic Italian-American pop songs from the 1950s and 60s. This special features original recordings from Perry Como, Julius LaRosa, Frankie Laine, Eddie Fisher, and more. Danny Aiello (Academy Award nominee for Do the Right Thing) hosts. The Who at Kilburn Friday, September 12 at 11:00 p.m. On December 15, 1977, after a hiatus of over a year, The Who assembled at the Gaumont State Theatre in Kilburn, North London to record a concert for Jeff Stein’s documentary film ―The Kids Are Alright.‖ Shot before a select invited audience, it would turn out to be Keith Moon’s last but one live performance. This concert has never been released, and has since been digitally restored and remastered. The 60s Live! – My Generation My Music Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. The enormously popular MY MUSIC series presents a special three-hour event focusing on the eternally hip hit-making artists from the second half of the 1960s. THE 60s LIVE! – MY GENERATION, MY MUSIC is a treasure-trove of essential folk-rock, rhythm and blues and pop classics that still resonate with baby boomers. Vicki Lawrence will host live as the program weaves through recorded segments from hit programs like My Music: My Generation-The 60s, and My Music – The British Beat. She’ll also talk to special guests in studio. Leading off the celebration of the peace and protest decade are the New Rascals, who perform their chart-topping trio of blue-eyed soul smashes ―People Got to Be Free‖ (1968), ―Groovin’‖ (1966) and ―Good Lovin’‖ (1966). Roger McGuinn of the Byrds reprises his legendary folk-rock group’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s ―Mr. Tambourine Man,‖ one of 1965’s biggest hits. The lasting influence and popularity of British rock is represented by the Zombies with their top-10 smash ―She’s Not There‖ and Eric Burdon of the Animals with the rebellious ―It’s My Life.‖ From the softer side of the 60s, the Association reunites to present the million-selling standard ―Never My Love.‖ Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of the original Fifth Dimension offer their top-of-the-chart take on the late Laura Nyro’s ―Wedding Bell Blues.‖ For the first time on television, Jackie DeShannon revisits her era-defining masterpiece, the Burt Bacharach-Hal David ballad ―What the World Needs Now Is Love‖; Blood, Sweat & Tears fuse pop with jazz on their golden great ―You Made Me So Very Happy.‖ The 60s psychedelic sounds are represented by Vanilla Fudge’s ―You Keep Me Hangin’ On‖ and the infamous ―In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda‖ by metal pioneers Iron Butterfly. A number of essential vintage performance clips are also featured by 60s stalwarts the Lovin’ Spoonful (―Do You Believe in Magic‖), the Miracles (―The Tracks of My Tears‖), Barry McGuire (―The Eve of Destruction‖) and the Mamas and the Papas (―California Dreamin’‖). Hosted by ―Mama‖ Michelle Phillips, of the Mamas and the Papas, and the Smothers Brothers, Tommy and Dick Smothers, THE 60s LIVE! remembers and rejoices in an unforgettable time of profound change and in music that remains relevant today.
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