Festival 2017 Programs on World

Saturday 3-4-2017

8:00 pm / 7:00 pm MT/PT: Classic Hollywood: Musicals


Featuring some of the most iconic images ever recorded on film, these five classic Hollywood musicals - The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Viva Las Vegas - will take you on a journey across the Golden Age of movie musicals, spanning the days from the Great Depression all the way to the Civil Rights Movement. With foot-stomping dance numbers, technicolor fantasy worlds, and soaring ballads sung by some of the world's most beloved stars, these movies still inspire audiences to laugh, love and dream - even when times are tough. But bringing a Hollywood classic to life is never easy. The Wizard of Oz director, Victor Fleming once said, "Obstacles make for a better picture," and if he's right, then it's no wonder these movies became great. Discover how these films overcame ballooning budgets, life-threatening injuries, inexperienced actors, dueling egos, and a declaration of war - that literally brought production to a halt - to become some of the most treasured movies in history. These films capitalized on established stars, like James Cagney showing off his song and dance skills as Broadway legend George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy; Gene Kelly dancing in the rain at the zenith of his career; and Elvis Presley teaming up with Ann-Margret to set off romantic sparks like the big screen hasn't seen before or since. New stars were born, too: Singin' in the Rain launched the career of nineteen-year old newcomer, Debbie Reynolds, and The Wizard of Oz took sixteen-year old Judy Garland down a yellow brick road to the pinnacle of movie stardom. Perhaps most importantly, these films gave the world truly inspiring musical moments: Gene Kelly singin' and dancin' in the rain, despite a fever; a barn-raising dance number with seven times the romance; a theme song for Las Vegas; patriotic tunes that inspired generations of young soldiers marching into war; and one little girl singing - and dreaming - of somewhere over the rainbow. Join Nick Clooney as he takes you on a journey - alongside some of our greatest movie stars - of laughter and inspiration that will have you singing for days.

Sunday 3-5-2017

7:00 pm / 6:00 pm MT/PT: Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters


Narrated by Stanley Tucci, this program explores the life and legend of the entertainer through previously unreleased footage and interviews with his immediate family plus Tony Bennett and others. The film reveals a man far more complex than his public persona. In fact he is the architect of 20th-century entertainment, a force in the development of three industries - recordings, motion pictures and broadcasting. An Academy Award winner, he also is the most recorded performer in history with nearly 500 hit singles.

Monday 3-6-2017

6:00 pm / 5:00 pm MT/PT: Christopher Cross and Friends


Known for his chart-topping hit songs "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind" and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," singer and songwriter Christopher Cross performs the pop songs that his fans love. He is joined on stage by some of his long-time friends and mentors in the music business: Mike Love, Michael McDonald and Eric Johnson.

Tuesday 3-7-2017

5:00 pm / 4:00 pm MT/PT: Rick Steves' Europe: Great German Cities


In this special, travel expert Rick Steves explores five of Germany's most important cities: Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg. From Baroque palaces to stunning modern skyscrapers, and from riverside promenades to rowdy beer halls, these cities are wonderful places to explore the country's fascinating culture.

Wednesday 3-8-2017

6:00 pm / 5:00 pm MT/PT: Hamilton's America


GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Thursday 3-9-2017

6:00 pm / 5:00 pm MT/PT: Get Down Tonight - The Disco Explosion (My Music)


Shake your "groove thing" with host KC of the group KC & the Sunshine Band. KC and the group offer two of their number-one smash hits from 1975, "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "Get Down Tonight." Heatwave reunites to sing "Boogie Nights." and the duo of Peaches & Herb recommends "Shake Your Grove Thing." Other performers include disco divas Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin of Chic, A Taste of Honey and Irene Cara.

Friday 3-10-2017

6:30 pm / 5:30 pm MT/PT: Patsy Cline: American Masters


Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking "Crazy" singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D'Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.

Saturday 3-11-2017

7:00 pm / 6:00 pm MT/PT: Great Performances: "Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live In Concert"


In her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has dived into blues, soul, folk and pop to create song renditions that captivate and transcend boundaries. In her latest album, Nostalgia, Lennox reveals another dimension of her talent and turns to jazz, putting her take on the memorable melodies and lyrics of "Summertime," "Georgia on My Mind," "You Belong To Me," "I Cover the Waterfront" and "God Bless the Child."

8:30 pm / 7:30 pm MT/PT: My Yearbook: 1960-1963 (My Music)


The early 1960s was an era of joy, excitement and romance for teenagers and their parents. Popular music on the radio and TV had mass appeal. Pop crooner Bobby Vinton is host along with actress-singer Tina Cole for this archival video clip special devoted to the years 1960-1963. Songs include: "Blue Velvet" and "There I've Said It Again" (Bobby Vinton), "Teen Angel" (Mark Dinning), "I Fall To Pieces" (Patsy Cline), and "Hello Mary Lou" (Ricky Nelson). Also, "Where the Boys Are" (Connie Francis), "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" (Nat King Cole), and "Michael" (The Highwaymen).

Sunday 3-12-2017

7:00 pm / 6:00 pm MT/PT: Nature: "Super Hummingbirds"


With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

Monday 3-13-2017

6:00 pm / 5:00 pm MT/PT: Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics - The 60s (My Music)


The Beatles kick this special off with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" followed by "She Loves You" to move full-speed ahead into other full-length music performances. The long-running Sunday night television variety program "The Ed Sullivan Show" reflects the national cultural change in music, 1963-1968, with appearances by the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas and more.

Tuesday 3-14-2017

5:00 pm / 4:00 pm MT/PT: 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary


This documentary celebrates the impact the trio has made on America, starting with its debut album in 1962. From this beginning, the trio determines to bring American folk music and "the issue song" out of the Cold War shadows of the McCarthy era and into the mainstream. The award-winning trio of Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and the late Mary Travers, who died in 2009, played together for 47 years, lasting longer than any other American folk group. The program features performances that start with the group's emergence in Greenwich Village.

Wednesday 3-15-2017

5:00 pm / 4:00 pm MT/PT: Best of Trains Around North America


For more than a quarter of a century, Great Scenic Railway Journeys and its creator, Robert Van Camp, have captured the world of Tourist Railway Adventures. In this anniversary special, Robert has selected his top 10 favorite rail journeys in North America. More than just a tour, these stories capture railroads as they defined the spirit of North America, creating a new industry and re-writing the history of North America's transportation. Hosted by Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt, this program looks at our favorite profiles, telling the unforgettable stories of historic and scenic tourist railroads from across the country. A number of these profiles have been updated since their original broadcast.

Thursday 3-16-2017

5:00 pm / 4:00 pm MT/PT: Visions of Italy, Southern Style


6:30 pm / 5:30 pm MT/PT: Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar


Join the country music hit-maker with the soulful voice and exceptional guitar prowess along with special guests Marty Stuart and James Otto. This new concert was taped and recorded in an intimate setting at Tennessee's historic Franklin Theater.

Saturday 3-18-2017

8:00 pm / 7:00 pm MT/PT: Rock Rewind 1967-1969 (My Music)


Take a time-tripping visit to the psychedelic era with host Tommy James. Featuring rare vintage TV appearances by the decade's most popular artists including Sonny & Cher, The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes and more.

Sunday 3-19-2017

7:00 pm / 6:00 pm MT/PT: 70s Soul Superstars (My Music)


Join Patti LaBelle for an all-star reunion of the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul, including the Commodores, original lead Eugene Record reuniting with the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, the Trammps and the Emotions.

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