The PBS Arts Summer Festival expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television, with a 7-part weekly series and new original online content that takes viewers across the country and around the world. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) will serve as weekly host for the Summer Festival.
In addition to broadcast programs on Channel 5.1, www.PBSArts.org will host weekly curated immersive, themed exhibits that take consumers beyond the television experience and into the creative process itself, and PBS will create innovative classroom tools to help fill gaps in arts education.
Friday, June 29 at 9:00 pm
Spend a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School in South Texas.
ISLAMIC ART: MIRROR OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
Friday, July 6 at 9:00 pm
Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the artistic riches of Islam.
JOHN LEGUIZAMO'S TALES FROM A GHETTO KLOWN
Friday, July 13 at 9:00 pm
Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the industry’s most versatile actors: John Leguizamo.
HOMECOMING: THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS JOYCE DiDONATO
Friday, July 20 at 9:00 pm
Celebrate mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s return to her hometown to perform with the Kansas City Symphony.
Friday, July 27 at 9:00 pm
Tap your toes to the beat of this music documentary that features expat Cuban musicians who return to Havana for a concert.
THE BARNES COLLECTION
Friday, August 3 at 9:00 pm
Follow Dr. Albert Barnes’ rise from a working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration”
Friday, August 10 at 9:00 pm
A star-studded event featuring some of Tanglewood’s most distinguished and longtime guests. The festive program will include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, music from Bernstein’s On the Town, Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and much more.