PBS Arts Fall Festival

The PBS Arts Fall Festival is a nine-part, multi-platform arts event that begins October 14 with PBS Arts From Minnesota: THE GUTHRIE THEATER PRESENTS H.M.S. PINAFORE. It features artists and performances from nine communities around the country. Eight of the nine programs will include locally produced short films by PBS member stations about the arts in their communities.

For years WCTE has provided a stage for regional Arts through locally produced programs such as BSO Backstage: A Concert Preview, by featuring local Artists on the air and online, and supporting Arts related charitable events like Bacchanal (Sunday, October 23, 2011).

PBS.org/arts will feature additional related content from each of the shows in weekly-curated exhibits that take consumers beyond the television experience and into the creative process itself.

In addition to the nine PBS Arts Fall Festival films, WCTE will be broadcasting the following locally-produced Arts programs:

Off the Beaten Path Studio tourON THE TRAIL: OFF THE BEATEN PATH STUDIO TOUR  features artists from the 10th Anniversary of the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour in DeKalb County, TN.  For more information on this year's event on October 28-30, visit offthebeatenpathtour.com.

Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00 pm
Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 pm
Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 pm


Art ProwlON THE TRAIL: ART PROWL includes interviews from artists during the 2010 Studio Tour in Cookeville, TN.  To find out about this year's event on November 11th and 12th, visit www.artprowl.com.

Saturday, October 29 at 9:30 pm



Fridays at 8:00 CT Beginning October 14



Delight in this spectacular new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater, directed by the theater’s artistic director, Joe Dowling. Infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s memorable melodies — ranging from big band swing to classic pop — HMS Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone.

10/21  -  AMERICAN MASTERS "Pearl Jam Twenty"

Carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, "Pearl Jam Twenty" is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe.

10/28  -  GREAT PERFORMANCES "Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp"

Witness the grace and beauty of one of America’s finest dance companies, Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.


Narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, the film explores the roots of American music — the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country. It is a story of America’s quintessential musical instrument from its African slavery roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as from leading music historians, instrument builders and collectors.

11/11  -  AMERICAN MASTERS "Bill T. Jones: A Good Man"

Follow award-winning director/choreographer Bill T. Jones’s intense creative journey as he leads his company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial.

11/18  -  WOMEN WHO ROCK

From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack. Inspired by the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, "Women Who Rock" reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between the sexes have changed with time.

11/25  -  GREAT PERFORMANCES "Il Postino from LA Opera"

Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo with the LA Opera in this romantic new opera by composer Daniel Catán based on the Oscar-winning Italian film.

12/2  -  GREAT PERFORMANCES "Andrea Bocelli in Central Park"

Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli performs a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert.

12/17*  -  GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet"

Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale of love with San Francisco Ballet’s production of John Neumeier’s inventive ballet. The original score is by young Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach.

*Because of WCTE's Special Pledge Drive programming, this PBS Arts Special will air Sat. 12/17 at 1am & Mon. 12/19 at 2am.

PBS and WCTE are America’s largest stage for the arts, keeping the arts alive today and for generations to come. And only PBS and WCTE can ensure that the worlds of music, theater, dance and art remain available to all Americans, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience them.

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