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Arts on TV: Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Doctor Who; Sonny Rollins

December 22, 2011 |  6:50 am

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“Soulful Symphony With Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Artistic director Atwater conducts an 85-member orchestra in compositions exhibiting styles ranging through gospel, jazz and symphonic music. 

“Dudu Fisher: In Concert From Israel” 2:30 p.m. Thursday,  KCET: Singer Dudu Fisher performs Broadway tunes and Israeli songs.

“Today” 7 a.m. Friday, NBC: performance from “Jersey Boys”; Michael Feinstein performs.

“Joe Bonamassa Live From the Royal Albert Hall” Noon, Friday, KOCE: The blues musician performs songs from “The Ballad of John Henry” in London; guest Eric Clapton. 

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York” 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

“Victor Borge: Comedy in Music!” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: A collection of the pianist/comic's skits features footage from “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Perry Como Show,” as well as a performance from the Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugural celebration at the White House.

“Doctor Who at the Proms” 7 a.m. Saturday, BBC America: Karen Gillan hosts an event featuring the Doctor Who Orchestra and appearances by the Doctor's most notorious enemies.

“America's Children's Holiday Parade” 8 a.m. Saturday, KOCE: America's Children's Holiday Parade features giant helium balloons, PBS characters, floats, bands and performance groups; host Claudine Wong. 

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 2 p.m. Saturday, KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart. 

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Ramsey Lewis : Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

“L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009” 10 p.m. Saturday, KOCE: Highlights of the festive performance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion feature music and dance pieces. 

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart. 

“Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve” 11 p.m. Saturday, KOCE: Ossie Davis and a young girl watch a Christmas story, with the accompaniment of performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Michael Crawford. 

“Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet” 9 a.m. Sunday, KOCE: Anthony Williams unites a multiethnic team of dancers, artists and stage crew for his adaptation of the holiday classic. 

“The Next List” 11 a.m. Sunday, CNN: Tristan Eaton's rise to success; graffiti artists and the risks they take. 

“Land of the Dragon” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, KCET: Painting and Calligraphy : Chinese brush painting; calligraphy.

“Vine Talk” 10:30 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Scrutinizing Shiraz From Australia : Actress Rosie Perez; composer Stephen Flaherty; CEO Maximilian Riedel, Riedel Crystal. 

“Independent Lens” 10:30 p.m. Sunday, KOCE: The Woodmans : Francesca Woodman's photographic career ended with her suicide at the age of 22. 

“Tchaikovsky” 4 a.m. Monday, Biography: The life of Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway” 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, HBO: The comic brings “Pee-wee's Playhouse” to life at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City. 

“Tavis Smiley” 11 p.m. Tuesday, KOCE: Jazz artist Sonny Rollins. 

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: David Archuleta on "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir." Credit: Intellectual Reserve


“Dudu Fisher: In Concert From Israel” 2:30 p.m., Thursday KCET: Singer Dudu Fisher performs Broadway tunes and Israeli songs.

“Rick Steves' Europe” Midnight, Thursday KCET: Lisbon and the Algarve : The best of Portugal features Lisbon's Fado singers and ornate architecture, and the Algarve's windy Cape Sagres and pristine beaches.

“Today” 7 a.m., Friday NBC: Jenna Bush Hager's trip to Africa; performance from “Jersey Boys”; Michael Feinstein performs. (N)

“Joe Bonamassa Live From the Royal Albert Hall” Noon, Friday KOCE: The musician performs songs from “The Ballad of John Henry” in London; guest Eric Clapton.

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York” 9 p.m., Friday KOCE: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

“Victor Borge: Comedy in Music!” 10 p.m., Friday KOCE: A collection of the pianist/comic's skits features footage from “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Perry Como Show,” as well as a performance from the Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugural celebration at the White House.

“Doctor Who at the Proms” 7 a.m., Saturday BBC America: Karen Gillan hosts an event featuring the Doctor Who orchestra and appearances by the Doctor's most notorious enemies.

“America's Children's Holiday Parade” 8 a.m., Saturday KOCE: America's Children's Holiday Parade features giant helium balloons, PBS characters, floats, bands and performance groups; host Claudine Wong.

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 2 p.m., Saturday KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m., Saturday KLCS: Ramsey Lewis : Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

“L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009” 10 p.m., Saturday KOCE: Highlights of the festive performance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion feature music and dance pieces.

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 11 p.m., Saturday KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart.

“Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve” 11 p.m., Saturday KOCE: Ossie Davis and a young girl watch a Christmas story, with the accompaniment of performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Michael Crawford.

“Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet” 9 a.m., Sunday KOCE: Anthony Williams unites a multiethnic team of dancers, artists and stage crew for his adaptation of the holiday classic.

“Movie: The Last Play at Shea” (2010) 10:45 a.m., Sunday Showtime: Narrated by Alec Baldwin. The histories of Shea Stadium and Billy Joel interesct as they meet for a final concert performance.

“The Next List” 11 a.m., Sunday CNN: Tristan Eaton's rise to success; graffiti artists and the risks they take.

“L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009” 3 p.m., Sunday KOCE: Highlights of the festive performance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion feature music and dance pieces.

“Land of the Dragon” 3:30 p.m., Sunday KCET: Painting and Calligraphy : Chinese brush painting; calligraphy.

“Vine Talk” 10:30 p.m., Sunday KVCR: Scrutinizing Shiraz From Australia : Actress Rosie Perez; composer Stephen Flaherty; CEO Maximilian Riedel, Riedel Crystal.

“Independent Lens” 10:30 p.m., Sunday KOCE: The Woodmans : Francesca Woodman's photographic career ended with her suicide at the age of 22. (N)

“Independent Lens” Midnight, Sunday KOCE: Troop 1500 : A Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who are serving time at the Gatesville Prison in Texas.

“Tchaikovsky” 4 a.m., Monday Biography: The life of Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway” 8:15 a.m., Tuesday HBO: The comic brings “Pee-wee's Playhouse” to life at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.

“Rick Steves' Europe” 7 p.m., Tuesday KCET: Athens and Side Trips : The Parthenon, Agora and National Archaeological Museum in Athens; the ruins of the oracle at Delphi; traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

“Tavis Smiley” 11 p.m., Tuesday KOCE: Jazz artist Sonny Rollins.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: 'Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir' David Archuleta, Credit: Intellectual Reserve

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