Celebrate the Season with New and Encore Programming from PBS

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Pass the Eggnog and Heat Up the Latkes, PBS and PBS KIDS Celebrate the Season with New Programs and Encore Holiday Classics

Natalie Cole on stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Familiar faces, classic stories and brilliant voices are just some of the gifts from PBS and PBS KIDS this year. Brimming with holiday music — from carols to concerts to Chanukah songs — these special programs are sure to keep you singing well into the New Year.

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 rings in the holiday season with dance and music performances from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Wednesday, December 8. Next, a new concert from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, celebrates the holiday season on Christmas at Concordia -- Journey to Bethlehem on Monday, December 13. The music continues with Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Featuring Natalie Cole and David McCullough on Wednesday, December 15.

Shalom Sesame -- Chanukah: The Missing Menorah from Sesame Workshop will be airing during the entire month of December (check local listings) on PBS. The program marks the first time Shalom Sesame, the Sesame Workshop production in Israel, comes to the United States. In this special, it’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel, but Anneliese has lost her menorah. Can Grover and the gang help her find it?

New Programming

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
This program is a highlight version of the six-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Christmas Eve 2009.

Christmas at Concordia -- Journey to Bethlehem
Monday, December 13, 2010, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
Celebrate the holiday season with Christmas at Concordia -- Journey to Bethlehem, a new special which combines the pageantry of opera, the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks and the intimacy of delicate solos and duets.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Featuring Natalie Cole and David McCullough
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole and Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Christmas celebration.

Antiques Roadshow “Naughty or Nice”
Monday, December 20, 2010, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Antiques Roadshow’s special edition, “Naughty or Nice,” makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone’s wish list.

Live from Lincoln Center “New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve With Lang Lang”
Friday, December 31, 2010, 8:30-10:30 p.m. ET
The concert starring Alan Gilbert, Lang Lang and Tchaikovsky is a true mid-winter’s dream featuring Gilbert conducting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lang Lang and the magical second act of The Nutcracker from Avery Fisher Hall.

Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2011”
Saturday, January 1, 2011, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET
Julie Andrews hosts the 27th annual New York’s Day celebration from Vienna’s Musikverein with conductor Franz Welser-Mőst leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss Family favorites.

Shalom Sesame -- Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
December 2010 (check local listings)
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel! Grover’s bringing the latkes and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah — right before sunset! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time? Explore holiday foods, stories and traditions with familiar faces from SESAME STREET, including Grover, Telly and The Count. Learn to count in Hebrew, see how olive oil is made and spin the dreidel with Baby Bear and his family in this new holiday special.

Encore Programming

Christmas at Belmont (2009)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
Three-time Grammy Award-winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

Great Performances “Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker”
Sunday, December 12, 2010, 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. ET
San Francisco Ballet’s production of the beloved Nutcracker, reset during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition, introduces “Dance in America” viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi hosts the broadcast.

A Renaissance Christmas
Monday, December 13, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
Chicago’s celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass presents joyful carols, solemn chants and vibrant works for brass from the exquisite Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The elegant concert includes both Renaissance and Baroque pieces for chorus and brass.

Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”
Sunday, December 19, 2010, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.

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