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WILL - WILL Highlights - November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks: A celebration of fall, food and gratitude

2 pm and 8 pm Thursday, Nov. 27, on WILL-AM: Whether you're in the kitchen or relaxing after the feast, memorable words and great music provide the perfect atmosphere.

fall leaves

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thankgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

The show will be repeated at 10 am Friday, Nov. 28.






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Downton Abbey Rediscovered

7 and 8:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 30, on WILL-TV: Sample the upcoming Season 5, and relive treasured moments from the first four seasons.

Downton Abbey cast

Relive treasured moments from Downton Abbey’s first four seasons and get a tantalizing preview of what’s in store for the Crawleys and the staff in Season 5. Video clips, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage help answer some burning questions: Is Lady Mary ready for romance? Did Mr. Bates kill Mr. Green? What will become of Edith’s baby? Carson and Mrs. Hughes — will they or won’t they? Celebrate the joys, triumphs and intrigue taking place at Downton Abbey — upstairs and down. Bernadette Peters hosts.

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Brentano String Quartet plays Schubert

7 pm Sunday, Nov. 30, on WILL-FM

Brentano String Quartet

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Bach: Ricercar in Six Voices from Musical Offering, BWV 1079. Jupiter String Quartet; Mark Holloway, viola; Andreas Brantelid, cello

Bach (arr. Dmitry Sitkovetsky): Fifteen Sinfonias for Violin, Viola, and Cello, BWV 787-801

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin; Yura Lee, viola; Dane Johansen, cello

Bach: Concerto in C minor for Oboe, Violin, Strings, and Continuo, BWV 1060R. Stephen Taylor, oboe; Erin Keefe, violin solo; Ani Kavafian, violin; Sean Lee, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; Colin Carr, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord

Spoleto Chamber Music Festival
Schubert:  String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. Brentano String Quartet; Alisa Weilerstein, cello;

Schubert:  Die Forelle (The Trout), D. 550. Tyler Duncan, baritone; Inon Barnatan, piano


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American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 2, on WILL-TV: Discover the life and legend of the entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews.

Bing Crosby loved to entertain the troops and they loved him back. At the end of the war, he was voted No. 1 in boosting GI morale.

Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903-October 14, 1977) was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme.

The new documentary American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered, premiering at 7 pm Dec. 2 on WILL-TV, explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona.

Crosby’s estate, HLC Properties, Ltd., granted American Masters unprecedented access to the entertainer’s personal and professional archives, including never-before-seen home movies, Dictabelt recordings, photos and more. Narrated by Stanley Tucci, the film features new interviews with all surviving members of Crosby’s immediate family — wife Kathryn, daughter Mary and sons Harry and Nathaniel. The film reveals Crosby’s struggles with his first wife, Dixie Lee, and their sons Gary, Dennis, Phillip and Lindsay. Mary addresses accusations of abuse first published in Gary’s 1983 memoir, which tarnished their father’s legacy. Gary speaks candidly about both his and his mother’s alcoholism as well as his difficulties with his father in a never-before-seen 1987 interview. Other new interviews include singers Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein, record producer Ken Barnes, biographer Gary Giddins, and writers Buz Kohan and Larry Grossman, who both share the story behind Crosby’s Christmas special duet with David Bowie.

“I’ve never seen an entertainer more comfortable in his own skin, more certain of who he was,” says Emmy-winning director Robert Trachtenberg, whose past films for American Masters include Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer and Cary Grant: A Class Apart. “With the new material I’ve found, I think the breadth, depth and candor of his story will hopefully allow people to see him in a new light.”

Thirty-seven years after his death, Crosby remains the most recorded performer in history with nearly 400 hit singles, an achievement no one — not Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or the Beatles — has come close to matching. A brilliant entrepreneur, Crosby played an important role in the development of the postwar recording industry. As one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, he won the Oscar for 1944’s Going My Way and starred in the iconic “Road” films with Bob Hope.

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Uncovering the heart of Chopin—literally

From NPR: It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.


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Watch online now: Nina Paley interview

Illinois Pioneers host David Inge talks to the animator and cartoonist who became famous for her feature film "Sita Sings the Blues."

Nina Paley

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