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Art and Music - April 2021
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April is full of an amazing assortment of creative vibes just for you. See a classic play with fresh eyes, tune in for International Jazz Day and listen to the stories behind iconic artist and their works. 

American Masters
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen 

Explore the groundbreaking career of master trumpeter Doc Severinsen, from his three decades as the colorful bandleader to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to his relentless schedule of touring and performing into his nineties.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/02/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 04/03/2021 @ 12 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 04/03/2021 @ 5:30 PM

Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

Trace the life and career of master trumpeter and musical icon Doc Severinsen.

Previewing 'Beyond the Canvas,' series on arts and culture

Previewing our new arts and culture series, 'Beyond the Canvas'

Beyond the Canvas 
Season 2 
FRIDAY, APRIL 2 and 16, 9:30 PM

Beyond the Canvas features the best arts and culture reporting from PBS NewsHour's Canvas arts series. Each episode is built around a specific theme using artist profiles and NewsHour's first person narrative segments to explore the idea.

April 2 - Visionaries of the Arts 

What does it take to make it to the top? Meet some of the people recognized at the highest levels in their fields. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, filmmaker Sir David Attenborough and others reveal what it takes to achieve excellence.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/02/2021 @ 9:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 04/05/2021 @ 3:30 AM


April 16 - Women of Wonder

Honor five trailblazing women in the arts. The legendary Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews and other creative females reveal how the road to success wasn't just one they walked, but one they paved themselves.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/16/2021 @ 9:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 04/17/2021 @ 1:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 04/17/2021 @ 3:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 04/19/2021 @ 3:30 AM

Great Performances 
Beethoven in Beijing 

During their first visit to China in 1973, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians played marches and Beethoven’s 5th symphony while performing key roles as cultural diplomats. This documentary about that groundbreaking trip effectively dramatizes how the orchestra’s superb musicianship attuned China to the power of classical music to change lives.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/16/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 04/17/2021 @ 12 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 04/19/2021 @ 2 AM
1973, Conductor Eugene Ormandy meets with Li Delun from the Central Philharmonic.

Romeo & Juliet Extended Preview

In defiance of their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together.

Great Performances 
Romeo And Juliet 

Two young lovers strive to transcend a world of violence and corruption in modern Italy where religious and secular values clash. Filmed over three weeks at the National Theatre and specifically staged for the camera to move from the stripped-down aesthetic of the rehearsal room to transform into a romantic epic, this new film interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is a timely reminder of the power of true love.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 04/24/2021 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 04/26/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Wed, 04/28/2021 @ 2 AM

International Jazz Day 

Take a look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts featuring dozens of music icons. Watch unforgettable performances by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Hugh Masekela and many more, with performances from the United Nations, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris, the White House, Havana, St. Petersburg, New Orleans and Melbourne.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/30/2021 @ 8 PM

A look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts.

American Voices - Preview

American Voices: Chorus 

American Voices tells the personal story of three American choral composers who figure prominently in the contemporary concert world. Their stories, placed against the backdrop of a broad view of choral music, offers a bit history lesson and a bit modern perspective … the trends, the impact, changes and popularity of choral music.


  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Fri, 04/30/2021 @ 10 PM