August Highlights on VIA TV
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2019 Challenger Exhibition Game at the Little League World Series
Saturday, August 24, 10:30am LIVE!
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League that enables boys & girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball. Since 2001, two Little League Challenger Division teams have been invited to play an exhibition game at the Little League World Series. The teams playing in the Challenger game are representing more than 30,000 Challenger players in more than 900 leagues worldwide. This year's teams are represented by Massachusetts District 12 Little League (Malden, MA) & Peterborough Challenger Baseball League (Ontario, Canada). VIA Public Media is proud to present this very special event for the 9th consecutive year.
Woodstock – 3 Days That Defined A Generation: American Experience
Tuesday, August 6th 9pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the concert that became a touchstone for a generation. The film brings the three-day concert to life through the voices of those who were present at what became the defining moment of the counterculture revolution. Encore: Saturday, August 17th 8pm
Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019
Friday, August 9th, 9pm
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert from Schonbrunn Palace with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang performing pieces including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
This Old House – 40th Anniversary Special
Saturday, August 17th 1pm
Celebrate the 40th season of the groundbreaking PBS home improvement series with this hour-long anniversary special. This Old House – 40th Anniversary Special includes interviews with hosts and cast members, vintage clips, and favorite moments from the series that inspired an entire genre of television programming. The broadcast special will revisit some favorite renovations from the past 40 years and feature new interviews with current and alumni hosts Kevin O’Connor, Steve Thomas, and Bob Vila discussing the evolution of the venerable “how-to” series. The celebration also features past homeowners who share behind-the-scenes stories about the cast and crew, giving viewers an inside look at the challenges and successes of the classic PBS series.
Downton Abbey Live!
Sunday, August 18th 9pm
In anticipation of the September 2019 premiere of the Downton Abbey feature film, DOWNTON ABBEY LIVE! is a nostalgic celebration of all aspects of the most successful British drama ever – the stellar cast, superb writing, spectacular locations and dazzling costumes. Propelled by ticklish teases from the upcoming movie and featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and creators, this new PBS live special will remind viewers of the many reasons they adored the series. DOWNTON ABBEY LIVE! will be broadcast from New York City in front of a studio audience. Planned participants include: Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Julian Fellowes (Creator & Writer), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Liz Trubridge and Gareth Neame (Executive Producers) and surprise guests. Driven by lively conversation between host and guests, DOWNTON ABBEY LIVE! will reveal never-before-heard stories from the PBS series plus exclusive clips of the upcoming movie and a warm look back at the most successful period drama in history. Encore: Sunday, August 25th 9:30pm
Bee Gees One Night Only
Monday, August 19th 8pm
Features the group's 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, the music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including "How Deep Is Your Love," "To Love Somebody," "Massachusetts," "You Should Be Dancing/Alone," and many more.
O'Jays Live in New York
Monday, August 19th 9:30pm
On March 30, 2019, R&B super group The O’Jays performed at the historic St. George Theatre in New York City. Taped before a live audience, this new special celebrates the group’s illustrious and historic career featuring classic fan favorites like “Love Train,” “For The Love of Money,” and “Use Ta Be My Girl” along with a few newly-penned songs from the O’Jays recent and final album The Last Word, including the upbeat dance number “Enjoy Yourself” (co-written for the group by Bruno Mars and Pat Monahan). With a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of multiple generations, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers continue to perform with an electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years. An indelible part of pop culture, The O’Jays are showcased doing what they do best — performing socially conscious message music that makes you think while you dance. Encore: Friday, August 23rd 10:30pm
NATURE – A Squirrel's Guide to Success
Wednesday, August 21st 8pm
The squirrel family - from tiny chipmunks to big prairie dogs - is one of the most widespread on Earth. There are almost 300 species of squirrels that can glide through the air, outwit rattlesnakes, and survive the coldest temperatures of any mammal. What is the secret to their success? Uncover the extraordinary abilities of these cheeky nut lovers as a filmmaker puts their problem-solving to the test on a specially designed obstacle course.
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind
Thursday, August 22nd 8pm
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), Folk Rewind features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in over four decades -- plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. Folk Rewind's highlights include a Pete Seeger and Judy Collins duet on Seeger's iconic adaptation of "Turn, Turn, Turn," Harry Belafonte's hit "Jamaica Farewell, Trini Lopez's version of "If I Had a Hammer" and Bobby Darin's heartfelt "Simple Song of Freedom." Among the beloved folk groups represented in vintage footage are The Kingston Trio ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone"), The New Christy Minstrels ("Green, Green"), The Limeliters ("There's a Meeting Here Tonight"), The Serendipity Singers ("Crooked Little Man") and The Brothers Four ("Green Fields"). In addition, The Highwaymen and The Rooftop Singers present their million-selling number one hits "Michael" and "Walk Right In." Stirring new performances on stage are offered by more folk legends. The original Chad Mitchell Trio reunites for Bob Dylan's anthem "Blowin' in the Wind," and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds offers an encore of "Turn, Turn, Turn." Barry McGuire sings his 1965 chart-topper "The Eve of Destruction," and Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods performs the generationdefining hit "Get Together." Encore: Saturday, August 24th 10pm
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Friday, August 23rd 9pm
The number-one selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates are famed for their “rock and soul” music, and the infectious hooks and melodies that provided a soundtrack to the 70s and 80s. Captured in HD in their first-ever performance in Dublin before a sold-out crowd in 2014, Hall & Oates deliver a set list steeped in hits including “Private Eyes,” “Maneater,” “Out Of Touch” and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” In the intimate Victorian setting of the Olympia Theatre, viewers will be reminded of what made Daryl Hall and John Oates so popular in the first place.
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul: Soulfire
Saturday, August 24th 9pm
LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: SOULFIRE LIVE! is a live collection of electrifying rock and soul consisting of the best performances from the group's North American and European concerts. The program features Little Steven and his 15-strong band as they blast through an arsenal of songs spanning rock, pop, soul, blues, funk and everything in between. Songs include "Sweet Soul Music," "Soulfire," "Angel Eyes," "Love on the Wrong Side of Town," "Ride the Night Away," "I Don't Want to Go Home" and "Out of the Darkness."
Great Performances – Andrea Bocelli @ 60
Sunday, August 25th 8pm
Join GREAT PERFORMANCES for an international celebration of Andrea Bocelli's 60th Birthday. World renowned for being equally at home in the worlds of popular music and opera, GP spotlights both sides of the tenor's career with a program of well-known arias spectacularly staged at Italy's Arena di Verona. Also featured are songs from Bocelli's new CD, Si, performed at an all-white party in the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere. Special guests include Andrea's son Matteo, who joins his father for a performance of the duet "Fall on Me."
Straight From The Heart: Timeless Music From the 60's & 70's (My Music)
Monday, August 26th 8pm
This special features singers and their hit songs heard on the radio during the 60s and 70s, including Tony Orlando and Dawn, Dionne Warwick, BJ Thomas, Lou Rawls, and many more.
Story Songs (My Music)
Monday, August 26th 9:30pm
Join host B.J. Thomas for vintage performances of the songs that united us by original artists like Don McLean, Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell. Songs include "American Pie," "Ode to Billie Joe," "Harper Valley PTA" and "Wichita Lineman."