Highlights 12/5 to 12/11

David Foster joins superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics as they share the stage to present an elegant collection of seasonal favorites on Great Performances at 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Eclectic Irish ensemble Celtic Thunder presents a holiday celebration for the family as they recreate treasured holiday favorites and perform a few specially-written originals for an audience in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Celtic Thunder Christmas at 10 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Experience a captivating blend of circus art and street entertainment as Cirque du Soleil creates a garden of delights that has transformed the very nature of entertainment in the desert oasis of Las Vegas on Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pat Boone, Phyllis McGuire and Nick Clooney present the happiest hits from the 1950s through concert performances and archival clips on Magic Moments – The Best of 50s Pop at 7 p.m. Monday.

Experience the New York Philharmonic’s gala all-star salute to a true Broadway legend, Stephen Sondheim, on his 80th birthday on Great Performances at 9 p.m. Monday.

The world of research, neuroscience and neurology is explored through studies that reveal how our brain reacts to changes, environments and situations as well as how the brain can and does transform and specialize on Brain Fitness: Peak Performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Classics were recreated and relived as iconic singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor reunited in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club The Troubador on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

The climactic and inspiring life and times of first generation Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Roy Orbison is presented along with a collection of his classic tracks in the one-hour documentary film Roy Orbison: In Dreams at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Riverdance Live from Beijing captures the complexity and vivacity of the show’s 15th anniversary performance in China in high definition at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

From the Beatles’ American television debut to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance, Ed Sullivan’s Rock N’ Roll Classics at 7 p.m. Thursday presents enchanting full-length performances from great musical acts of the 1960s.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session at 9 p.m. Thursday presents the legendary live jam session by two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

Author Ian Frazier discusses his career and assorted mix of humorous works on Overheard with Evan Smith at 8:30 p.m. Friday.