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WTIU’s August Fund Drive Highlights

An array of great programs coming your way during WTIU's fall Fund Drive.

Texas Tenors: Rise

The Texas Tenors performing on stage with backup singers behind them

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The Texas Tenors

Saturday, August 5 at 4:30 pm and Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Join America’s favorite tenors for selections from their new upcoming album Rise filmed at Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House. Backed up by a live orchestra and choir, the tenors perform classic rock, pop, and country songs, and a show-stopping tribute to Les Misérables. Highlights include orchestral arrangements of “Amazing Grace” and an emotional rendition of “God Bless America.” (r 8/11 1pm)

Join WTIU for a special Texas Tenors tribute to Vietnam veterans. Read more here.

JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala

Saturday, August 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, August 8 at 8 pm

The greatest musical talents of the era descended on Washington, D.C. in 1961 for John F. Kennedy’s inaugural gala. The concert included appearances by Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Gene Kelly. These show-stopping performances are being televised for the first time. Phylicia Rashad hosts. (r 8/6 11:30 am; 8/7 1pm)

Johnny Mathis: Wonderful Wonderful

Johnny Mathis in tuxedo singing with handheld mic with night sky backdrop


Johnny Mathis

Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm and Saturday, August 12 at 2:30 pm

Celebrate more than 60 years of the legendary Johnny Mathis in this special presentation. All of his favorites including “Chances Are,” “Twelfth of Never, ” “Wonderful, Wonderful,” It’s Not for Me to Say,” and “Too Much, Too Little Too Late” are performed.

A Conversation with Bill Moyers

Sunday, August 6 at 4:30 pm and Friday, August 11 at 8:30 pm

Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator, and author as he reflects on his life and storied career, from his days as White House press secretary for President Johnson to network news reporter to host of numerous programs for PBS. Retired Minneapolis journalist and news anchor Don Shelby spoke with Moyers in front of a live studio audience.

PBS Previews The Vietnam War

Sunday, August 6 at 6:30 pm and Friday, August 11 at 10 pm

This program looks at the creation of the new ten-part landmark series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, you will get an advance look at this fall’s most anticipated documentary.

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

Saturday, August 6 at 9 pm and Saturday, August 13 at 5 pm

Recorded over two evenings at the Orpheum Theater in Mannheim Steamroller’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the program features songs from their ever-popular Christmas annual tour: the “Deck the Halls” arrangement by Chip Davis, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” and a special performance of “Greensleeves” featuring Elyse Davis, the daughter of Chip Davis. New performances of composer-producer Chip Davis’ early career “Fresh Aire” series include “Toccata” and Four Rows of Jacks.”

Join in on the magic with Mannheim Steamroller in Indianapolis! Read more here.

Celtic Thunder: Legacy

Monday, August 7 at 9:30 pm and Saturday, August 12 at 4:30 pm

In their new stage show Legacy the global Irish sensation creates a perfect blend of entertainment and tradition, delivering the best of their much loved ensemble numbers with selections from their nine tours to date. Along with featuring Celtic Thunder’s popular ensemble performances, “Legacy” also offers a wide variety of solo hits and fan favorites such as Damian’s “Buachaille On Eirne,” Ryan’s “Ride On,” Keith’s “The Mountains of Mourne,” Neil’s “Noreen,” Emmett’s “Danny Boy,” and contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Black Velvet Band.” As always, Celtic Thunder are backed by an amazing eight-piece band on strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes, and more.

Experience Celtic Thunder at the Palladium in Carmel! Learn how here.

Folk Legends: Isn’t this a Time?

Peter, Paul and Mary perform on stage at Carnegie Hall in 2003


Peter, Paul and Mary and Pete Seeger perform on stage at Carnegie Hall in 2003

Saturday, August 12 at 7 pm and Monday, August 7 at 8 pm

Treasure this last and historic gathering of the artists who defined folk music. Performers include Peter, Paul and Mary, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and The Weavers. Recorded live in 2003 at Carnegie Hall, the concert features performances the artists considered among their best. (r 8/12 7 pm; 8/15 1 pm)

Food: Delicious Science

Wednesday, August 9 at 9:30 pm

Physician Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong travel the world to explore how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food contributes to the nourishment and building of the human body. This three-part series offers a startling new view of what we eat and why we eat it. From the oldest rice terraces in the Philippines to an ancient variety of potato in the Andes Mountains of Peru; from the corn fields of Mexico to the milk dairies of Bulgaria, learn about the origins our favorite foods and deepen your understanding of why we eat them.

James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet

Thursday, August 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, August 13 at 9 pm

James Whitcomb Riley was one of America’s most popular poets, and more than a century after his death he remains one of Indiana’s most famous literary figures. James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet explores Riley’s legacy and the personal and professional challenges and successes he experienced as he became a beloved literary icon. The film examines Riley’s early life in Greenfield, Indiana, as well as his struggle for acceptance in the literary community, which continues today.

Trace the life and legacy of James Whitcomb Riley with WTIU. Learn how here.

Joe Bonamassa

Thursday, August 10 at 9:30 pm and Sunday, August 13 at 10:30 pm

Over two evenings the world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy nominated Blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two all-acoustic shows at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. New arrangements of favorite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs were performed by Bonamassa and an all-star ensemble of world-class musicians.

On Thursday, August 10, you will have the chance to win an acoustic guitar signed by Joe Bonamassa himself! More details available here.

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Laura Baich
WFIU-WTIU Marketing Director

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