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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    Austin City Limits has established a reputation for showcasing great live musical performances. The show's studio allows for intimate and engaging performances by independent, mainstream, critically acclaimed, and popular artists. The show was originally created to display the emerging talents of the alternative country music scene in Austin, TX in the 1970s. Soon, however, the show branched out to include all types of music: alt country, pop rock, bluegrass and zydeco are just a few. Many television historians attribute MTV, CMT and VH1'a success to the contributions of this groundbreaking musical series. On Wednesday, November 12th, 2003; President Bush presented ACL with the National Medal of the Arts. ACL was the first television show (ever) to win the award.moreless
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    Great Performances

    Great Performances

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    Great Performances is the longest running performing arts anthology on television. It is part of of the PBS tradition of bringing the arts to viewers free of charge. The show began as Theater in America in 1972. The next year, several arts productions, including Dance in America, were brought together under the Great Performances umbrella. Great Performances at the Met would join the family in 1977. Over the years the productions have moved more toward music than plays. Check your local listings for air times.moreless
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    Ken Burns: Jazz

    Ken Burns: Jazz

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    Ken Burns: Jazz is an acclaimed 2001 television documentary miniseries produced for the venerated PBS network. A sumptuously rich bite of jazz American pie. Ken Burns succeeds in documenting this impossibly large subject. Clocking in at just less than 20 hours, the series is an exhaustive and complete overview of Jazz in the 20th Century. Never dull, this set is a sophisticated and engaging exploration of the evolution of Jazz from its roots to the present. This documentary is a social history of the musicians who created one of America's greatest contributions to art and it covers the years 1900 to around 1960. The emphasis here is on the mainstream artists of the trade. Burns unravels his story in a chronological and quite accessible way that is not over the head of the neophyte nor beneath the interest of the educated jazz connoisseur. Some artists are omitted, and the last 40 years is compressed into one single episode.moreless
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    Celtic Woman

    Celtic Woman

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    Celtic Woman, an all-female musical ensemble, was conceived and created by Sharon Browne. The idea behind the group was to fuse Celtic music with and dance with the structure of a popular female music groups like the Spice Girls and Pussycat Dolls. With over 6 million albums sold, Celtic Woman has achieved success rarely found Celtic musicians. The group was taped for PBS on September 15, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. After this first-ever American performance for Celtic Woman, their album reached #1 on Billboard's world music chart. The special, which is credited for immensely growing the group's popularity, was taped in front of a sold-out audience. After the success of the first taping, Celtic Woman taped a second special for PBS filmed in County Meath, Ireland following the release of their Celtic Woman: A New Journey album. Having undergone various transformations as a group, Celtic Woman currently exists as Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe, and Mairead Nesbitt.moreless
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    Keeping Score

    Keeping Score

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    Keeping Score is a musical documentary TV series developed by PBS in conjunction with the San Francisco Symphony that follows host Michael Tilson Thomas as he explores the greats of classical music composers and the inspirations for some of their better-known masterpieces. When Romantic French composer Hector Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique, it had been inspired by more than just a desire to create a beautiful new work of music but instead was fierce and dedicated love letter to a beautiful actress. Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) throws out the question and hunts down his answer of how Aaron Copland, a Brooklyn Jew, managed to blend the unique sounds of jazz, folk, and hymns to create a sound that to this day is known as being the sound of the 20th Century America. With the original score and its markings, MTT tries to recreate the same journey of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky as the Russian composer rehearsed, fine-tuned, and premiered his Fourth Symphony just as the San Francisco Symphony mirrors the preparation. Keeping Score is a combination of the inspiring history and the modern interpretations of composers and their masterful pieces of music.moreless
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    Legends of Jazz

    Legends of Jazz

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    Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis is a 12 week, USA-wide PBS show, produced by the Chicago-based independent music entertainment company, LRSmedia. It began on PBS stations in April 2006. The series is the first weekly network television jazz show in 40 years.moreless
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    Latin Music USA

    Latin Music USA

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    This show takes a look at how Latin music has influenced so many of the popular genres of music in America today including: jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues.
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    Sound Tracks

    Sound Tracks

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    Sound Tracks is a documentary TV series developed by PBS that follows Marco Werman, a well-known public radio host of The World, as he works with a team of international reporters, Alexis Bloom, Arun Rath, and Mirissa Neff, in a journey to discover the intricacies, delights, and stories of music. From the bayous of Louisiana to desert music festivals in Mali, these four journalists hope to bring the pleasure of the world and its music with interviews of Rock and Roll greats, Bollywood singers, and musical prodigies. They ask questions into the significance and meanings of lyrics, the historical and cultural affect the music has, and even how it can embody the soul of a nation. Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders is a musical odyssey highlighting the international and domestic thrills of music with the stories that go along with it.moreless
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    American Soundtrack

    American Soundtrack

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    Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall New York

    Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall New York

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    Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall New York is the PBS presentation of the 2011 club performance by musician Paul Simon. Coming off the heels of a sold-out U.S. tour, Paul ended the run with a special club performance for hometown fans, and it proved to be an extraordinary night of music which you can now see in this PBS special.moreless