Thursday, November 21, 2013

So Much to Love: December is Brimming with Holiday Cheer

On Monday, December 2 at 8 p.m., join us live in the studio (that's always fun!) as we present a traditional holiday favorite, Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows and a brand new Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows features classic clips of various Christmas specials from The Andy Williams Show. Filling homes with seasonal cheer, the specials became a cherished holiday family tradition. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers, and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’s solos of “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as performances with his brothers for “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds for “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, and Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the show clips.

At 9:30 p.m., Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas stars vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, performing timeless holiday favorites ("Silent Night," I'll Be Home For Christmas," "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," "Joy To The World") with their signature Celtic twist under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. Home For Christmas, directed by Russell Thomas and filmed at Dublin's Helix Theatre, is both a visual and aural feast. Complimented by Ireland's finest musicians comprised of a 36-piece orchestra and the 40-member Philharmonic Choir, this large-scale production promises to be a moving and festive celebration of the music cherished for generations.

Tuesday, December 3, starting at 7 p.m., we showcase some of your favorite Brit-Coms in special episodes: Last of the Summer Wine is a holiday episode, As Time Goes By: You Must Remember This starts around 7:45 p.m., and at about 9:15, tune in for a Waiting for God holiday episode. Plus, as a live night from our studio, you can count on some surprises.

On Wednesday, December 4, we "wrap" our live studio presence with the remarkable story of courage, strength, and ingenuity, Alone in the Wilderness, beginning at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., rock the house with Joe Bonamassa: Live from Royal Albert Hall, followed by a beautiful local documentary at 10:30 p.m., Guitar #1711.

In 1967, at age 50, Dick Proenneke traveled to the Twin Lakes region in Alaska and built himself a log cabin on the lake shore. With only skill and resourcefulness as his companions, it was there, amid all the beauty – and harshness – of Alaska, that he spent the next 30 years of his life, Alone in the Wilderness.

Alone in the Wilderness, produced by Bob Swerer, uses color footage Proenneke recorded himself to share with his family back home in Iowa. Filmed mostly with a stationary 16mm camera, the film consists of shots of Proenneke performing tasks around his cabin, canoeing, walking, plus views of wildlife, along with narration.

With more than 3,000 feet of film shot by Proenneke, and meticulous, poetic journals written, his adventures in Alaska resulted in three films, edited and produced by Swerer Productions. Alone in the Wilderness, released in 2003, covers Proenneke's first year in the wilderness, showing his day-to-day activities, and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living. 

When Joe Bonamassa took the stage Live at Royal Albert Hall in May 2009, he fulfilled a dream he'd held since first picking up a guitar as a kid in upstate New York. The sold-out concert--fresh off the release of his #1 album The Ballad of John Henry -- marked Bonamassa's headlining debut at arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. At the Hall, Bonamassa had the added honor of being joined onstage by the legendary Eric Clapton. The Times of London cited Joe's "searing excellence and showmanship," and Planet Rock said, "The sight of two of the world's best guitarists trading solos was more than a little thrilling."