8:30 pm Wednesday, March 12, on WILL-TV:Full-length music performances including the Beatles’ American television debut and the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance.
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This installment in the MY MUSIC series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. From the Beatles’ American television debut to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas and more, the special focuses exclusively on full-length music performances — no plate spinners or dancing elephants — that evoke the spirit of that decade’s youth movement.
The Beatles kick things off with their million-selling #1 chart debut “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” followed by another John-Paul-George-Ringo smash, “She Loves You.” Other featured British Invasion icons are the Rolling Stones (“[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction”), Gerry & the Pacemakers (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”), the Animals (“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”), Herman’s Hermits (“Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”) and Petula Clark with her Grammy-winning evergreen “Downtown.”
More vocal group greats who sing top hits of the decade include the Beach Boys with a pair of their gold records, “I Get Around” and “Good Vibrations,” and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with their chart topper from 1962, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” ED SULLIVAN’S ROCK AND ROLL CLASSICS: THE 60s remembers the Mamas & the Papas, who bridged the generation gap with their soaring harmonies, with their unforgettable anthem “California Dreamin’“ and its follow-up, “Monday, Monday.”
The program includes a joyful batch of “groovy sounds” represented by such beloved ensembles as the Turtles (“Happy Together”), the Young Rascals (“Groovin’,” “Good Lovin’”) and the Supremes (“You Can’t Hurry Love”), all #1 favorites still played on the radio today.
The 60s were also a time of psychedelic sounds, most famously immortalized by Jim Morrison and the Doors with their 1967 masterpiece “Light My Fire.” “Crimson & Clover” by Tommy James is another era-defining hit. Sly & the Family Stone sing their groundbreaking hits “Everyday People” and “Dance to the Music,” bringing racial equality to rock music.
7 pm Saturday, March 15, on WILL-TV: From the creators of Riverdance, a fusion of Irish dance, Latin American salsa and the rhythms of Africa.
This high-octane dance extravaganza blends the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa. With a world-class cast of 29 dancers and 10 musicians, the high-energy production employs cutting-edge projection technology to create a dream world of joyous, heart-stopping music and dance. The tantalizing musical tour de force was created by the producers and director of Riverdance, with original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor.
9 pm Saturday, March 15, on WILL-TV: Celebrate the musical heritage of the Emerald Isle. Watch to find out how to get tickets to their May 2 performance in Peoria.
Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Emerald Isles with Celtic Woman as they offer enchanting re-imagined versions of fan favorites from their treasure chest of Celtic songs. This family-friendly, one-of-a-kind interactive concert showcases the group’s sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
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Here's the track list for Vincent Trauth's program of love themes and romantic music for Valentine's Day.
MOZART: Serenade: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K.525, in G: 2. Romanze. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner
ROTA arr. Carmen DRAGON: Love Theme from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (‘A Time For Us’). (unnamed pianist)/Cincinnati Pops Orch./Erich Kunzel
PUCCINI: arr. Craig LEON: O Mio Babbino Caro from “Gianni Schicchi.” Joshua Bell, vln. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/M.Stern
MORRICONE: Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme).Gilda Butta, piano/Accademia Nazionale Italiana – Rome/Morricone
KHACHATURIAN: Adagio from ‘Spartacus’. Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orch./Lawrence Foster
KORNGOLD: The Adventures of Robin Hood: Robin and Marian: Love Theme. Itzhak Perlman, vln.; Boston Pops Orch./John Williams
BEETHOVEN: Fur Elise, (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 49). Anatol Ugorski, piano
MYERS: Cavatina from the Deer Hunter (1975). John Williams, guitar (uncredited players/John Williams)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Chicago Symphony Orch./Sir Georg Solti
DELIBES: Excerpt from the “Flower Duet” from Lakme. Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Dennis Helmrich, piano
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467: 2. Romanze, “Elvira Madigan." Alicia DeLarrocha, pno.; English Chamber Orch./Sir Colin Davis
STEINER: Theme (“Young Love”) from “A Summer Place” (1959). City of Prague Philharmonic Orch./Kenneth Alwyn
KREISLER: Liebeslied; Liebesfreud. Kyung Wha Chung, violin; Phillip Moll, piano
ROTA: Love Theme (“Speak Softly, Love”) from “The Godfather” (1972). City of Prague Philharmonic Orch./Paul Bateman
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op.18. Sviatoslav Richter, pno.; Warsaw Philharmonic Orch./Stanislaw Wislocki
SCRIABIN: Etude in D-sharp minor, op.8, no.12. Vladimir Horowitz, pno.
CHOPIN: Excerpt from Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat. Maria Tipo, pno.
Oct. 24-26: Travel with Mid-American Gardener host Dianne Noland to P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in Arkansas.