The first weekend of DecemberFest 2020 is Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29, with three evenings of special programming. Here are some of the new musical performances and arts and entertainment specials we have in store for you. For a complete lineup, visit idahoptv.org/decemberfest.
Recorded at the Sydney Opera House, Lea Salonga in Concert (Nov. 27 at 9:30 PM) is a performance recorded at the Sydney Opera House featuring the internationally acclaimed singer Lea Salonga and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The concert features selections from Salonga’s Broadway career (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Flower Drum Song and other musicals), as well as songs she performed in the animated Disney blockbusters Aladdin and Mulan.
Ken Burns: Here & There (Nov. 28 at 4 PM) captures the intimate 40-year relationship filmmaker Ken Burns has had with America, his colleagues, his family and community, and with history. Those close to Burns reveal how “America’s storyteller” has become so adept at taking sweeping historical concepts and making them relatable to his audiences.
In John Denver: Country Roads – Live in England (Nov. 28 at 5:30 PM), the singer-songwriter performs fan favorites in a 1986 concert filmed at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. Performances include “Farewell Andromeda,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine on my Shoulders” and other songs.
Andy Williams: Greatest Love Songs (My Music) airs Nov. 28 at 7 PM. This special presents many of the romantic crooner’s biggest hits in colorful, full-length performances not seen in decades along with previously unaired recollections from Williams. Songs include “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” “Dear Heart,” “Butterfly” and “Moon River.”
In Josh Groban: An Evening of Harmony (Nov. 28 at 8:30 PM), join Groban for highlights from three virtual concert events filmed during the coronavirus lockdown. Performances feature songs from his new album, Harmony, as well as fan favorites and many of Groban’s greatest hits.
The documentary Classic Albums: John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band (Nov. 29 at 5:30 PM) explores the making of Lennon’s first post-Beatles record. Widely regarded as one of his finest, Plastic Ono Band is a raw, emotionally painful yet beautiful collection of personal and cathartic songs. The film features interviews with Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr.
Celebrate the iconic series that introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama in Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years! (Nov. 29 at 8:30 PM). From Upstairs Downstairs and I, Claudius to The Jewel in the Crown and Downton Abbey, see why Masterpiece has stood the test of time as a beloved favorite.
Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music) celebrates the beloved singer-songwriter’s career from her early days in rural Tennessee to her success as a crossover pop superstar. Featured performances include “Coat of Many Colors,” “Here You Come Again,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Kenny Rogers) and “9 to 5.” The show airs Nov. 29 at 10 PM.