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La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema (Episode #3913H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 -- 1:30 PM

Dawning in the dark aftermath of World War II, the fertile mid-century decades of Italian cinema delighted international movie audiences with an eclectic mix of movie classics from groundbreaking directors including Frederico Fellini, Franco Zeffirelli, Sergio Leone and others. And a major component of Italian cinema's enduring popularity continues to be a lush selection of sweeping film scores by composers like Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. Featuring Josh Groban, Renee Fleming and Joshua Bell, GP partners with the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert for a romantic concert of audience favorites with music from 81/2, Amarcord,Once Upon a Time in the West, Cinema Paradiso, Life Is Beautiful, Il Postino and more.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017 (Episode #4204H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 -- 12:00 PM

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renee Fleming as special guest soloist.

Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do (Episode #4009H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 -- 1:35 PM

Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story , Bye Bye Birdie , The Rink, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman (to name only a few), Rivera was also a frequent guest star during the golden age of television variety specials. In April, 2015, Rivera returned to Broadway in a Tony-nominated starring role in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical The Visit at the Lyceum Theatre. No matter the venue, Rivera has always wowed audiences with her peerless show biz virtuosity. In addition to archival clips from Chita's many shows and TV appearances, also featured are interviews with choreographer Graciele Daniele , The Visit director John Doyle , John Kander , original West Side Story star Carol Lawrence , Terrence McNally , Dick Van Dyke , choreographer Dee Dee Wood , Ben Vereen and Chita's daughter Lisa Mordente .

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (Episode #3806)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

A throw-away joke in the blockbuster Monty Python musical Spamalot may say it best, albeit bluntly: "You won't make it on Broadway if you don't have any Jews." The line is funny, but there is also more than a little truth in it. From Broadway's golden age, legendary names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. And more recently, new generations of Broadway babies like Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked), Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) represent a small sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. In "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses in on this central question: what exactly is it that is so "Jewish" about Broadway? What is it about this unique American art form that has proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? To answer the question, this film combines interviews and extensive performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for the last 100 years.

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  • KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 2, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
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