PBS Arts Fall Festival
, offering full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and other areas of the country. The festival kicks off Friday, October 14, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. ET and airs on Fridays through December with all-new broadcasts of classic and contemporary performances. (Source:
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is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks & game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers & sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Record labels large & small also have found they must innovate to thrive. The special features interviews & performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots, Questlove, Sharon Jones, Steve Aoki & more.
This production of Porgy and BessSM from San Francisco Opera stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. John DeMain conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. Porgy and Bess is based on the play by Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, with music, including the celebrated “Summertime,” by George Gershwin.