Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias

Program: Great Performances “Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias”
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 10
Time: 8 p.m.

When Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti’s peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. From his humble origins in Modena, Italy, “A Life in Seven Arias” follows “The King of the High C”’s meteoric rise, spanning his London debut in La Bohème , his triumph in La Fille du Régiment and his iconic rendition of “Nessun dorma.” In addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, also featured are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor’s friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Plàcido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Juan Diego Floréz.

Highlights 9/7 to 9/13

“Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias” at 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday examines the renowned tenor’s childhood, early career in Italian opera houses and rise to fame.

“Celtic Thunder” at 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Thursday features five male vocalists taking part in a celebration of Celtic heritage.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen teaches how to optimize mental performance and overcome self-defeating behaviors on “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” at 10 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.

America’s favorite malt shop memories are back with this hit collection for lovers only on “My Music: Doo Wop Love Songs” at 8:30 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Thursday.

The IRA expert shares strategies viewers can implement to safeguard their retirement savings on “Stay Rich Forever & Ever With Ed Slott” at 10:30 p.m. Monday and 11 p.m. Thursday.

Problems and possible solutions to global warming are examined on “Nova: Saved by the Sun” at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a focus on renewable energy.

“My Music: My Generation The 60s” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Saturday focuses on the years 1965 – 1969 and includes essential 60s generation folk rock, R&B and pop.

A never-before-released concert performance of Louis Armstrong at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Country music performers pay tribute to legendary outlaws of the Wild West in a spirited concert on “Outlaw Trail” at 9 p.m. Friday.

“Bob Dylan: Live in Newport” at 10 p.m. Saturday captures performances of his greatest songs, including Mr. Tambourine Man and Blowin’ In the Wind.

Ifill in the news

Gwen Ifill talks about her job moderating the upcoming Vice Presidential debates in a recent Washington Post article. Read the article here.

Be sure to watch Ifill tonight at 7 p.m. on KLRU as she kicks off the general election season with a special Campaign ’08 edition of Washington Week from The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in front of a live audience.