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The Arts on TV: Secrets of 'Mona Lisa'; Vienna Philharmonic

August 18, 2011 |  5:00 am

Vioinist Benjamin Schmid will perform with the Vienna Philharmonic

“Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way” 9:30 p.m., Thursday KCET: As a boy in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Alexander Toradze secretly listens to “The Jazz Hour” on Voice of America.

“How It Was” 1 a.m., Thu/Fri  NGC: "Secrets of 'Mona Lisa'": Historians discover that Leonardo da Vinci's “Mona Lisa” can answer longstanding questions about the artist and his methods, materials and model.

“Justin Hines: Days to Recall” 5 a.m., Thursday KOCE; noon, Saturday KOCE: The folk singer performs original music and familiar tunes with a full orchestra.

“The View” 10 a.m., Friday ABC: The lineup includes a performance from the cast of “Anything Goes.” 

“The Victory Garden” 4:30 p.m., Saturday KVCR: Urban Oasis: City oasis atop the Disney Concert Hall.

“Great Performances” 5:30 p.m., Saturday KOCE: "The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends": The Grammy-winning composer performs with special guests at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

“Great Performances” 7:30 p.m., Saturday KOCE: "Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert": A solo concert supports her first full-length album, “Dream With Me.”

“Ballet High” 8 p.m., Saturday LOGO: Students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School have their final year to prove they have what it takes to become professional dancers.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m., Saturday KLCS: Abstract artist Sam Gilliam.

“Great Performances” 1 a.m., Sat/Sun  KVCR; 12:30 p.m., Sunday KVCR: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2011 -- The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert in Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace; guest conductor Valery Gergiev, violinist Benjamin Schmid (pictured).

“Theater Talk” 6 p.m., Sunday KLCS: Sheldon Harnick; Kate Baldwin.

“Sunday Best” 8 and 9 p.m., Sunday BET: Give Our Regards to Broadway: The top three sing songs from Broadway shows.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: "Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2011." Benjamin Schmid. Credit: B. Salomon / PBS