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MPTV Holiday Programs

November 7, 2007

MPTV Holiday Programs 2007

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Sunday, November 25

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration

Filmed in Dublin's prestigious Helix Centrer, singers Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon and fiddler Mairead Nesbitt perform popular classics such as "White Christmas," "Carol of the Bells," "Little Drummer Boy," and several original pieces. Premieres at 4 p.m. on MPTV-10 (one hour, 30 minutes)

Angel Voices

Libera, a South London choral group of boys aged 9 to 15, brings a uniquely mystical and transcendent sound to their first public television concert special. Robert Prizeman, founder, arranger and director of Libera, has taken the simple purity of boys' voices and, with great care and respect for classical vocal tradition, has created a new sound. This concert was recorded with an orchestra at the historical St. Peter's Church in Leiden, Holland. Premieres on MPTV-10 at 5 p.m. (one hour, 22 minutes)

Saturday, December 1

Holiday Train Show with David Hartman

Each year, New York City has given itself a most wonderful, seasonal gift for the holiday, Paul Busse's Holiday Train Show. Busse lives and works in rural Kentucky, and builds replicas of the city's most notable structures. All 114 landmark buildings and structures are made of plant materials. David Hartman (formerly of ABC's Good Morning America) visits Kentucky to meet Busse and his talented team of artists as they collect their plants, roots and berries, then design and build the new additions to each year's show. Airs on MPTV-10 at 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

Sunday, December 2

Chanukah Stories

In this dynamic animated Chanukah special, celebrity storytellers share two popular Chanukah tales--one which takes place on the first night of the eight-day Festival of Lights; and the other on the last. The Tie Man's Miracle, narrated by actor Jami Gertz (Still Standing), celebrates the true meaning and enduring spirit of the holiday. The folktale Moishe's Miracle, as re-told by television veteran Bob Saget (Full House), is chock-full of humor, mystery, and delicious latkes. Airs on MPTV-36 at 11:32 a.m. (26 minutes)

Chanukah Celebration

Actress Fran Drescher (The Nanny) hosts a fun-filled hour celebrating Chanukah. This entertaining special is filled with stories, ideas, and information to bring new meaning to the holiday season. Also featured are a delicious new dessert from chef, author, and television host Jeff Nathan (New Jewish Cuisine); home celebration and decorating tips from TLC's Teresa Strasser (While You Were Out); musical performances from popular recording artist Craig Taubman; and some very special guest artists; a contemporary telling of the "Eight Lights of Chanukah" by Irwin Kula, leading teacher of Jewish learning and host of Simple Wisdom With Irwin Kula; and the award-winning puppets from Alef...Bet...Blast-Off! Airs on MPTV-36 at Noon (one hour)

December 10
Live From Lincoln Center "Jazz @ Lincoln Center: Red Hot Holiday Stomp" #3204

Wynton Marsalis, special guests and the Lincoln center Jazz Orchestra ring in the holiday spirit with a "Red Hot Holiday Stomp" Airs on MPTV-10 at 7 p.m. (two hours)

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2007

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 2006, and features performers who represent the many cultures and holiday traditions found in the county. Airs on MPTV-10 at 9 p.m. (one hour)

December 16
O Come, All Ye Faithful: Concordia College Christmas Concert

Dubbed Concordia College's "Christmas gift to the Midwest," the annual concert combines traditional carols, contemporary works, and original compositions performed by five voice choirs, a handbell choir, and a full symphony orchestra. Bringing the Christmas story to life through an inspiring blend of music, pageantry, and art designed to entertain audiences of all ages. The program begins with the traditional service of light and leads to conductor Rene Clausen's arrangement of the holiday classic and concert theme, "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Airs on MPTV-36 at 8 a.m. (one hour)
December 17
Letters to Santa 2007 "Letters!/Candy Bouquet/Santa's Vacation Hot Spots" #001

Santa meets with Milwaukee-area children who present letters of what they hope for this season. Mario Hurt stops by the Candy Bouquet and looks over the creative bouquets of candy; Dan Stange and Jolly the Elf visit some of Santa's favorite vacation spots. For the 28th year, the program is produced by MATC video production students for Milwaukee Public Television. Produced by Ryan Casper and directed by Alan Koper. (1 of 5. Series ends Dec. 21) Airs on MPTV-10 at 5:30 p.m. (26 minutes)

December 19
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sissel "Sissel"

European singing sensation Sissel joins the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square for an annual holiday concert. A national institution in Norway, Sissel has sung all over the world, selling six million solo albums. She performs solo numbers that include "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame; "Vitae Lux" (Light of Life) by Frode Alnaes; and the French carol "Angels, From the Realms of Glory" and reads the Christmas story from the Book of Luke. The program also features traditional Christmas songs and Norwegian folk tunes performed on an alpine village set, with stained-glass church windows, snow-covered rooftops and brightly lit trees. Airs on MPTV-10 at 8 p.m. (one hour)

Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide

This Christmas special features the five choirs and orchestra of St. Olaf College performing in the college's annual Christmas Festival, a tradition begun by F. Melius Christiansen in 1912 and continued today under the direction of artistic director, Anton Armstrong. More than 500 students in five choirs will perform hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Christmas season. Airs on MPTV-10 at 9 p.m. (one hour)

Friday, December 21

Wisconsin Lutheran College Holiday Concert 2006

The 60-voice ensemble from the Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa sings music from the 16th through the 21st centuries in original languages. The concert features an inspiring selection of beautiful holiday hymns and carols from a variety of traditions. Includes "This Little Babe," "African Noel," "Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree," "Joy to the World," "A Spotless Rose," "Before the Marvel of this Night," and more. Produced by Milwaukee Public Television, the concert was recorded December 6, 2006 at the Schwan Concert Hall on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus. Airs on MPTV-36 at 9 p.m. (one hour)

Saturday, December 22

Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri "2007" #107

The sights and sounds of science come alive in this 38th Anniversary Christmas Lecture by renowned science communicator, Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shakhashiri shares the excitement of science, and special guests lend a hand in creating amazing effects. The 37th element, rubidium is a theme, and some of its colorful secrets will be revealed. Dazzling demonstrations will entertain and educate as you see science in action. Airs on MPTV-36 at 8 a.m. (one hour)

Lawrence Welk Show "Christmas" #1116

The program opens with "Jingle Bells," Norma Zimmer and the group sing "Silent Night," and Arthur Duncan knows how to "Ring Those Christmas Bells." The program also includes such holiday favorites as "Sweet Little Boy Jesus" by Guy Hovis and Ralna English, and "Oh Holy Night" by Joe Feeney. Guests: Norma, Randy, Mark Zimmer. Airs on MPTV-10 at 7 p.m. (one hour)

Dave & Carole-Ing for Christmas

Dave Luczak and Carole Caine, longtime co-hosts of the WKLH radio morning show, lead a holiday variety show on the stage of the Riverside Theater in downtown Milwaukee. The evening features the Holy Redeemer Gospel Choir, the Kinsella Irish Dancers, and comedian John McGivern, along with other local talent. The show also will include a tribute to Veterans and a few special surprises. The program is an MPTV production. Premieres on MPTV-10 at 8 p.m. (one hour, 30 minutes)

Sunday, December 23

Mr. Christmas

A young father named Joel can't afford to buy his five-year-old daughter the bicycle she's expecting from Santa Claus--creating a crisis of confidence for him in his role as a father, husband, and family breadwinner. In this uplifting holiday movie, a family learns that a happy Christmas doesn't depend on material gifts. Premieres on MPTV-36 at 12:03 p.m.
(54 minutes)

Nature "Christmas In Yellowstone" #2403

This episode examines wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears, and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year in "Christmas in Yellowstone." As snow falls and the Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped peaks and frozen icicles surround the wildlife as they adapt to the cold conditions. The program also profiles the men who first explored Yellowstone National Park. Airs on MPTV-36 at 8 p.m. (one hour)

Holiday Homecoming with Angela Brown

Opera star Angela Brown performs at the historic Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Possessing a rare "Verdi soprano" voice full of power, passion and soul, the classically trained Brown--best known for her 2004 triumph in the title role of Aida at New York City's Metropolitan Opera--performs a personally selected mix of traditional and classical holiday pieces accompanied by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Opera Chorus and North United Methodist Church Children's Choir. Airs on MPTV-36 at 11 p.m. (one hour)

Monday, December 24

Bethel University Festival of Christmas

For the last half-century, Bethel University has been inspiring audiences with one of the most spectacular and beautiful Christmas concerts in Minnesota. This festival is a stunning musical pageant showcasing many of the school's renowned student performing groups. Several choirs and orchestral groups, joined by a magnificent 4,000-pipe, and hand-built Blackinton organ, create a rich aural tapestry celebrating the holiday season. Airs on MPTV-10 at 7 p.m. (one hour)

Mystery of the Three Kings

Celebrated in many parts of the world, the Three Wise Men have magical significance in the birth of Christ. Their mysterious identities and their devotion to Christ have bewitched popular imagination ever since the rise of Christianity. This special unearths the real-life places, people, festivities, and facts behind the exotic legend. From southern Arabia to Ethiopia and Babylon, this program searches for the true origins of the Three Wise Men, and the secrets of the gifts they brought for Jesus. Using stunning location footage, interviews with renowned biblical scholars, computer graphics, Christmas music, and carefully crafted dramatizations, the program brings to life the joy and enchanting mystery of one of the most famous events said to surround Christ's birth. Airs on MPTV-36 at 8 p.m. (50 minutes)

Christmas at Belmont (2007) #2007

This holiday tradition from Belmont University in Nashville features outstanding choral and instrumental ensembles that have received high praise nationally and internationally. Recorded at Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Center, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle hosts a festive musical collage that includes a Christmas repertoire ranging from traditional carols to classical masterworks to lighthearted secular songs. Airs on MPTV-10 at 9 p.m. (one hour)

December 31
Live From Lincoln Center "New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Joshua Bell's Romantic Violin" #3205

The New York Philharmonic rings in the new year with music director Lorin Maazel and guest soloist Joshua Bell. Premieres on MPTV-10 at 7 p.m. (two hours)