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PBS Fall Arts Festival


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


Airs every Friday night starting October 14 into December on WTVP 47.1.


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We’re giving you front row seats and back stage passes as WTVP becomes the place to be every Friday night for fantastic performances from all over America. Kicking off on October 14, and continuing every Friday night into December, the PBS Arts Fall Festival will raise the curtain on a range of performances and transport the stage into America’s living rooms.

Women rock-and-rollers, banjo pickers, Pearl Jam, and the award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones will be among those who will entertain and inspire viewers with the passion of their creations. With celebrity hosts for each program, viewers will be treated to full-length performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, profiles of artists and performers, and mini-documentaries about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and other regions. Each week’s broadcast will also contain Central Illinois arts content from WTVP.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic nautical romp “H.M.S. Pinafore,” opens the festival on Friday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. Infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sullivan’s memorable melodies — ranging from big band swing to classic pop — audiences will delight in this spectacular new production of the beloved classic from the Guthrie Theater, directed by the theater’s Artistic Director, Joe Dowling.

Changing gears, the festival continues with the broadcast premiere of Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty“ on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. Part of AMERICAN MASTERS, this film is the definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage.

Then witness the grace and beauty of one of America’s finest dance companies as GREAT PERFORMANCES premieres "Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp," Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. Edward Villella’s company presents lavish and critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine’s “Square Dance” and “Western Symphony” and Tharp’s “The Golden Section."

The Festival is a multi-platform event with lots more to explore on PBSArts.org. Features include weekly curated exhibits that take consumers into the creative process, and tools for teachers.






For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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