Music Rings in the New Year
Music lovers will have much to celebrate this holiday season with a lineup of memorable music programming on Vegas PBS. From legendary rocker Tom Petty to the folk harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, from the Tabernacle Choir to the Boston Pops we’ve sprinkled the schedule with something for every music taste; alongside our normal lineup of television’s best children’s, cooking, public affairs, drama, science, history and nature programs.
Early footage from the most honored folk trio in history will be featured in Peter, Paul and Mary’s seventh PBS special, Peter, Paul and Mary at Newport 1963-1965. Viewers will enjoy never-before-seen performances from the group’s early years, and a flash of insight into the 1960s, a time that was both turbulent and filled with hope. From his teenage days to today, through thousands of concerts and millions of records, Donny Osmond has remained an international household name with a devoted fan base, especially in Las Vegas. Donny Osmond: One Night Only! brings the final performance from Osmond’s sold-out 2017 United Kingdom tour to PBS audiences for the first time.
Another living legend, Engelbert Humperdinck, returns to PBS with a My Music special, Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawaii, featuring his concert performance at Honolulu’s historic Hawaii Theatre Center in August 2018.
Performed as a free concert in 1991, Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park drew one of the largest crowds ever gathered in New York City’s Central Park and features favorites from both his solo career and the legendary folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – from Gainesville: The 30th Anniversary Concert shows the band being welcomed as hometown heroes in Gainesville, Florida during their 30th anniversary tour in 2006.
Viewers who make an end-of-calendar-year pledge of support during three special concerts will receive tickets to see live Las Vegas performances by Ryan Ahern, Michael Bublé, or Sarah Brightman! Champion pianist Ryan Ahern: Live in Concert features unforgettable renditions of movie themes, Broadway tunes, classical favorites and more. Vegas PBS recorded his first PBS special at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center.
The Great Performances special Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148 features live performances of his greatest hits, including behind-the-scenes footage of what it took to create his epic two-year worldwide tour. Finally, Sarah Brightman: Hymn showcases the world's best-selling soprano from the foot of the Bavarian Alps. Tune-in information for all these must-see pledge specials is on page 8.
We hope you’ll tune in to these and other great musical performances this month, along with our seasonal programs related to history, science, drama, and holiday reflections. In a year of political change, technological change, economic resurgence, hurricanes and wildfires, I hope you have found Vegas PBS a trusted resource for thoughtful information, stellar performances, engaging drama, scientific revelation, and nurturing children’s programs. Without your support, none of these programs would be broadcast. We thank you for your continued support of Vegas PBS and wish you a happy, healthy and hopeful holiday season.