All Programs Listed in Chronological Order:
A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: ALL IS WELL 2013
Ch. 5.1: Friday 12/20 at 9:30 pm
The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. shares its annual holiday concert, featuring 7 of the university’s internationally renowned vocal & instrumental ensembles performing a festive collection of seasonal favorites.
CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE
Ch. 5.1: Friday 12/20 at 10:30 pm & Sunday 12/22 at 3:30 pm
Ch. 9.1: Sunday 12/22 at 9:30 pm
Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, particularly spectacular at Christmas.
CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE CONCERT
Ch. 5.1: Sunday 12/22 at 2:00 pm & Wednesday 12/25 at 6:30 am
Ch. 9.1: Sunday 12/22 at 8:00 pm
This unique musical event marks the first time Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol has been adapted for a live orchestral concert.
Ch. 5.1: Sunday 12/22 at 7:00 pm
Ch. 9.1: Wednesday 12/25 at 9:00 pm
Chloe sees Mr Stink (Hugh Bonneville MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey”) every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it looks like Mr Stink, and his stinky dog Duchess, might be driven out of town.
CRAFT IN AMERICA: Holiday
Ch. 9.1: Sunday 12/22 at 7:00 pm
Ch. 5.1: Monday 12/23 at 8:00 pm
“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. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.
CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY WITH THE ST. OLAF CHOIR
Ch. 5.1: Monday 12/23 at 9:00 pm; Wednesday 12/25 at 4:00 am, 9:00 am, & 2:00 pm
Travel to Norway, and Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the internationally-known, 75-voice a cappella St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor.
CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT 2013
Ch. 5.1: Tuesday 12/24 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday 12/25 at 1:00 pm
Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites taped at Belmont University in Nashville, with nearly 700 University student musicians, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir.
FRONTLINE: FROM JESUS TO CHRIST—THE FIRST CHRISTIANS (Two Parts)
Ch. 5.1: Part 1 – Tuesday 12/24 at 9:00 pm & Part 2 – Wednesday 12/25 at 9:00 pm
FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. The series transports viewers back 2000 years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.
CURIOUS GEORGE A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS
Ch. 5.1: Wednesday 12/25 at 11:00 am
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present!
ARTHUR’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS
Ch. 5.1: Wednesday 12/25 at 4:00 pm
Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day.”
NATURE: CHRISTMAS IN YELLOWSTONE
Ch. 5.1: Wednesday 12/25 at 7:00 pm
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.
CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL (2013)
Ch. 5.1: Sunday 12/29 at 7:00 pm
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 (photo) is facing huge challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma
Ch.5.1: Wednesday 1/1/14 at 7:00 pm
Ring in 2014 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.
GREAT PERFORMANCES From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014
Ch.5.1: Wednesday 1/1/14 at 8:30 pm
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, continuing the tradition of ringing in New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein, featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. The venerable concert is the largest worldwide event in classical music reaching millions of people annually through radio and television in over 80 countries.