Grammy Award-winning opera star Joyce DiDonato, acclaimed conductor Michael Stern, and the talented young musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform together at the new Kansas City Kauffman Center for Performing Arts for the first time in a new performance documentary premiering Friday, July 20, 2012, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).
HOMECOMING: THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS JOYCE DiDONATO airs as part of the PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL, a multi-platform event anchored by seven films that highlight artists and performances from around the world.
The film captures candid backstage moments and personal interviews with Stern, members of the symphony and DiDonato as she returns home for her debut performance at the Kauffman Center. Viewers also get a front-row seat to the remarkable performance in the center’s grand Helzberg Hall. The interviews and music intertwine in a remarkable celebration of the lives and careers of these musicians.
The PBS Arts Summer Festival showcases diverse productions from top independent filmmakers in an exploration of culture and art from around the globe, offering an in-depth look at music, theater, art, architecture and cultural history from some of the world’s unique locations. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) serves as weekly host for the Summer Festival, which begins Friday, June 29, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
The full PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL schedule follows.
· MARIACHI HIGH, June 29, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· ISLAMIC ART: MIRROR OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD, July 6, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· JOHN LEGUIZAMO’'S TALES FROM A GHETTO KLOWN, July 13, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· HOMECOMING: THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS JOYCE DiDONATO, July 20, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· HAVANA, HAVANA!, July 27, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· THE BARNES COLLECTION, August 3, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET
· GREAT PERFORMANCES “Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration,” August 10, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET