June Programming Highlights on PBS SoCal
Saturday, June 4, 6 p.m. – “Opry Memories” – PREMIERE
This show takes viewers back to the golden era of country music with host John Schneider. Broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry, the show will feature music from Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and others.
Saturday, June 4, 10 p.m. – Great Performances: “Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3”– PREMIERE
Grammy Award-winning guitar superstar Eric Clapton has re-teamed with fellow “guitar gods” for a third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, America’s Blues Capital.
Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m. – Great Performances: “Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me”– PREMIERE
Jackie Evancho, the 11-year-old girl with the extraordinarily big voice, came to national prominence on “America’s Got Talent” and now returns to PBS. This solo concert was filmed at the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., and coincides with the release of her first full-length solo album, “Dream with Me.”
Wednesday, June 8, 8 p.m. – “Out in America” – PREMIERE
This uplifting collection of unique and inspiring personal narratives is told through the lens of the country’s most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary citizens from the gay community.
Wednesday, June 8, 9:30 p.m. – “Tommy Emmanual and Friends: Live at the Balboa Theater” – PREMIERE
Tommy Emmanuel – considered one of the finest acoustic guitar players in the world celebrates his 50th anniversary as a performer with a concert featuring some of his favorite musician friends.
Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. – “The Rumba Foundation” – PREMIERE
Guitar sensation Jesse Cook teams-up with some of World Music's elite artists to create a potent new music hybrid. From recording sessions in Colombia with Latin Grammy winners Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto to a concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival before 70,000 people, Director Brian Adler explores Cook's latest chart- topping project, The Rumba Foundation.
Sunday, June 26, Noon – American Masters: “Maestro James Levine: 40 Years at the Met”
To celebrate his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera, Maestro James Levine’s life and current work is the subject of a documentary film.
Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m. – Great Performances at the Met: “Nixon in China”
Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work. “Nixon in China” explores the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Communist China
Sunday, June 26, 4 p.m. – “Keeping Score: Mahler: Origins”
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Mahler's famous and poignant love song, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, the Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in E minor and the Rondo Burleske from Symphony No. 9 in D major.