PBS Arts Fall Festival to Include Pearl Jam, The Little Mermaid Ballet, and Gilbert and Sullivan

PBS‘s Arts Fall Festival, a nine-part broadcast series, will feature artistic and cultural productions from PBS stations in cities all around the country. The festival will begin with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore from Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater on Friday, October 14, 2011, 9:00 PM ET on PBS. Other performances include the broadcast debut of Cameron Crowe’s documentary music film Pearl Jam Twenty, the San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Little Mermaid, and Women Who Rock produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Each broadcast program will be introduced by well-known hosts were connected to the region and theme of the programs. Short “mini-documentaries” will highlight each city’s cultural scene.

“PBS brings the best of the arts to America. From ballet to banjos and rock stars, the PBS Arts Fall Festival takes viewers on a nine-week journey exploring the local arts stories that help shape our culture,” said John F. Wilson, Chief TV Programming Executive, PBS.

The complete schedule is below:

PBS Arts from Minnesota: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S HMS PINAFORE

Broadcast date: Friday, October 14, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

Produced by PBS member station Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)

PBS Arts from Seattle: AMERICAN MASTERS “Pearl Jam Twenty”

Broadcast date: Friday, October 21, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

AMERICAN MASTERS is a production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station KCTS.

PBS Arts from Miami: GREAT PERFORMANCES “Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp”

Broadcast date: Friday, October 28, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

A production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media, in collaboration with PBS member station WPBT

PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: GIVE ME THE BANJO (w.t.)

Broadcast date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

In collaboration with PBS member station UNC-TV (North Carolina)

PBS Arts from Chicago: AMERICAN MASTERS “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man”

Broadcast date: Friday, November 11, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

A co-production of A Good Man Film LLC, Kartemquin Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS), THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and Media Process Group, with the cooperation of the Ravinia Festival, in collaboration with PBS member station WTTW

PBS Arts from Cleveland: WOMEN WHO ROCK

Broadcast date: Friday, November 18, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

Produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in collaboration with PBS member station WVIZ/PBS ideastream®

PBS Arts from Los Angeles: GREAT PERFORMANCES “Il Postino from LA Opera” with Plácido Domingo

Broadcast date: Friday, November 25, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

A production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media, in cooperation with PBS SoCal (Southern California)

PBS Arts from San Francisco: GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet”

Broadcast date: Friday, December 16, 2011, 9:00 p.m. ET

A production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media, in collaboration with PBS member station KQED

For more information, you can go to www.PBS.org.

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