Thursday, January 1 at Noon – WXXI New Year's Day Pledge Event
(Rochester, NY)– Tune in this New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, for a special pledge event on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1) beginning at Noon.
Barry Manilow: Songs From the Seventies airs at Noon
Singer and songwriter Barry Manilow revisits the 70s in this new television special. Inspired by his highly anticipated CD The Greatest Songs of the Seventies, the television event features Manilow in concert, performing and sharing his personal experiences with the audience at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York.
Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter! airs at 1 p.m.
This unparalleled collection of Victor Borge’s funniest and most memorable skits contains such classic comedy bits as the timeless “Phonetic Punctuation,” “Inflationary Language,” “Autumn Leaves” with Robert Merrill, “The Opera Singer” with Marylyn Mulvey and more. Rare archival footage from the Borge family vault enhances this memorable retrospective. Rita Rudner narrates.
Great Performances presents From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009 airing at 2:30 p.m. and repeating at 8 p.m.
Continuing its holiday tradition, Great Performances returns to the stately splendor of Vienna’s Musikverein for its celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Daniel Barenboim leads a rousing program of Strauss Family favorites, including the breathless Eljen a Magyar polka, the Radetsky March, and the beloved Blue Danube Waltz, in addition to festive ballets danced by the Vienna State Opera Ballet. This year also will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn, whose more than 100 symphonies and 68 string quartets laid the groundwork for the 18th-century classical style and served to inspire the countless musical minds who came after him, including Mozart and Beethoven. To honor “Papa Haydn,” the Philharmonic will perform the composer’s masterful Symphony No. 45, the “Farewell,” as a tribute to his enduring legacy.
American Soundtrack: Doo Wop's Greatest Hits airs at 4 p.m.
The American Soundtrack series returns with a sequel to Doo Wop's Best on PBS that celebrates a gentler time when music brought young people together and groups would gather for street corner harmony. The program presents the most popular and nostalgic songs from that timeless era. Loaded with joyful lyrics, great backbeats and soothing harmonies, this music still touches the heart and soul of an entire generation. Vocal groups were a prime component of the emerging rock ‘n’ roll movement in the mid-1950s. The Platters, one of the era’s most beloved and enduring acts, kick off the retrospective with their million-selling smash from 1955, The Great Pretender. More memorable chart-topping classics follow, including the haunting Blue Moon by Pittsburgh vocal group The Marcels and the jubilant Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups.
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Pictured: Barry Manilow in Barry Manilow: Songs From the Seventies.
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca
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