Sunday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance. Deborah Warner's new production, directed by Fiona Shaw, is set in the late 19th century and moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival, Lenski.
Thursday, Jan. 1 at 9 p.m.
The cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic continues, this year under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta and featuring everyone's favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna State Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.
“The Klondike Gold Rush” to air Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS
WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, “The Klondike Gold Rush” coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). The film explores the history, hope and hardship in search of fortune in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Still renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a “stampede” of over 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. It’s an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. The boomtown, Dawson City, emerges as the heart of the story. During the gold rush, it’s known as the “Paris of the North,” and is one of the largest cities in Canada. Filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels, for the stampeders and the outside world, it confirms itself as a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized.
“This is truly a fascinating era in North American history,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “We are honored to tell this powerful story of human struggle and triumph that took place over 100 years ago in the Canadian Yukon. Furthermore, we are pleased to continue our tradition as a binational producer.”
Award-winning Author Charlotte Gray and Historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Harper’s Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—is brought to life through excerpts from his celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900). Present-day characters reveal the Klondike is still alive with the frontier spirit. “The Klondike Gold Rush” confirms that the stories and legends of the Klondike Gold Rush continue to inspire us. In the end, we learn that it isn’t all about the gold, but rather the journey to the Klondike, itself, is what matters.
“As a story, ‘The Klondike Gold Rush’ is symbolic of this desire to ‘become’ and it's emblazoned in the Stampeders' ultimate drive toward the unknown,” said film director Douglas Arrowsmith. “The vast geographical obstacles of Alaska and the Yukon were just one part of this arduous quest to beat all odds and discover better lives.”
“The Klondike Gold Rush” is produced by Gold Rush Productions Inc. in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.
“The Klondike Gold Rush” is made possible by The Wilson Foundation, The Cable Public Affairs Channel, with additional funding provided by the Rogers Documentary Fund, and The Rogers Cable Network Fund. With the participation of The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, and the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
WNED-TV long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNED-TV was the founder of the Emmy Award winning “Reading Rainbow” series and was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. In recent years, WNED-TV has expanded its position by becoming a significant producer of original high-definition television and online content for local and national distribution.
National productions broadcast on PBS include: “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain,” “The War of 1812,” “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” “Window to the Sea,” “The Adirondacks,” “The Marines,” “Niagara Falls,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” and “Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.”
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Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein, with celebrity performances including Darren Criss from the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland, Leslie Odom from Smash, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, two-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole, Michael's newest discovery, 17-year-old Julia Goodwin, and many more brilliant, entertaining moments!
Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
"A Christmas Carol: The Concert" is a unique musical and television event-- the first time Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. The stirring score recalls Broadway classics and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. "A Christmas Carol: The Concert" is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.