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