Four times a year Vegas PBS conducts on-air campaigns to encourage viewers who are not supporters to help fund the programs they enjoy. When we conduct surveys, many non-donors say they think we are funded by the federal government. While we do receive about 57 cents per person per year from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, viewer donations vastly surpass this amount every year. Without major support from viewers, the programs you see on our channels would be greatly reduced.
Las Vegas includes many people who have worked professionally in our great performance venues, as well as arts patrons who have eagerly consumed these offerings. They tell us they look forward to the music specials that air during membership campaigns. This month’s delights include classics like Great Performances following the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton’s America. We will also present Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 which celebrates the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with a newly-edited tribute program featuring an all-star cast including T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang and Bruce Springsteen.
We are also delighted to bring you a number of new arts programs throughout the month. Country music star Travis Tritt performs unplugged at Tennessee’s historic Franklin Theater in Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar, and Tom Jones performs his signature songs along with some new material with special guest Alison Krauss in Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event.
Masterpiece fans can relive the memories of Downton Abbey one more time during our encore broadcast of the Downton Abbey Marathon, from 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 to midnight on Sunday, March 12. We also hope drama fans enjoy the first season finale of Victoria on Masterpiece on Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m., immediately followed by the Victoria After Party. March 5 is also the second season finale of Mercy Street, scheduled at 8 p.m.
Few filmmakers better capture the spirit of public television than Ken Burns. Join Tom Hanks, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin and more to pay tribute to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker in Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller. The program also provides an exclusive look at his powerful new film – The Vietnam War – which premieres later this year.
During Rick Steves’ Europe: Tuscany Marathon, viewers will enjoy three different episodes from Rick Steves’ Europe that explore the cultural and artistic treasures of Italy, including wine country and its famous cuisine (of course). During the marathon, viewers will learn details about an exclusive Vegas PBS trip to the Tuscany region of Italy with guided tours of the historic towns and landmarks for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun.
Thank you for making a renewed, additional or sustainer pledge of support during the March membership campaign. Your financial support makes the drama, history, children’s, nature, science, performing arts, cooking and travel programs you love accessible to everyone in our community and ensures these educational and inspirational programs will be enjoyed for another year.