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Kentuckian Jordan Smith headlines KET’s primetime holiday programming


Kentuckian Jordan Smith headlines KET’s primetime holiday programming

For Release: 11/15/16 1:26 PM

Jordan Smith, the Harlan, Ky., native who won season 9 of NBC’s The Voice in 2015 – and who remains the show’s highest-selling recording artist to date – headlines KET’s primetime holiday programming with a new concert of songs from his Christmas album, ‘Tis the Season.

Jordan Smith ’Tis The Season premieres Monday, Dec. 5 at 9/8 pm on KET. It will encore Thursday, Dec. 8 at 4/3 pm on KET2 and Saturday, Dec. 24 at 8/7 pm on KET.

Filmed from the Evergreen Stage at Diadan Studios in Burbank, Calif., the special spotlights music from Smith’s Christmas album and features legendary composer, songwriter and producer David Foster as a special guest.

Additional KET holiday programming highlights include:

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir

This concert pairs the acclaimed mixed-voice choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir in one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world.

KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10/9 pm

KET: Saturday, Dec. 24 at midnight/11 pm

Rick Steves Special: European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderland, Rick celebrates the Christmas season in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.
KET2: Monday, Dec. 12 at 10/9 pm
KET: Sunday, Dec. 25 at noon/11 am

Christmas on the Danube

The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. This program follows the river from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, to learn these cities’ histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas markets.

KET2: Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:30/5:30 pm

KET2: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 pm/noon

Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops

Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which includes performances by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins; country star Sara Evans; and Broadway, film, and TV star Robert Morse.

KET2: Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9/8 pm

KET: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 9/8 pm

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis

Broadway star Laura Osnes and acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for an unforgettable Christmas concert. Metropolitan Opera soloists join the award-winning, all-volunteer choir.

KET: Monday, Dec. 19 at 9/8 pm

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Chef Vivian Howard serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. Sample simple corned ham, an upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John and an elegant red velvet cake.

KET2: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7/6 pm
KET: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2/1 pm

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts

The world-renowned violinist performs an intimate holiday concert in his Manhattan residence featuring “And Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, and “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein.

KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10/9 pm

Christmas at Belmont

Join host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty, and the Nashville Children’s Choir for traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and lighthearted seasonal favorites.

KET: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 11/10 pm

 Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Nonnatus House receives an SOS from a tiny mission hospital in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Far from home and everything familiar, the team are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they face — and by the time the mission trip is over, some lives are permanently changed.

KET: Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7:30/6:30 pm

KET2: Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 3/2 pm and 9/8 pm

Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with a night of American classics, including works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring Joyce DiDonato with the New York Philharmonic.

KET: Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9/8 pm

 ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

KET: Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11/10 pm


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Todd Piccirilli
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