This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Peter & the Wolf, San Francisco Ballet and More

Classical Music Features   This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Peter & the Wolf, San Francisco Ballet and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - the weekly cultural series on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - covers a wide array of the city's offerings and leads into the Great Performances presentation of Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf in stop-motion animation.

Airing Sunday, October 12 at 12 noon, the news program precedes a delayed 1 PM encore broadcast of the animated intepretation of the classic piece as performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Mark Stephenson.

Originally composed in 1936, Prokofiev's beloved score uses personified instruments in the orchestra to tell the story of the young hero and his animal friends: the Duck, the Bird, and even the mischievous Cat (represented by an oboe, flute and clarinet, respectively). How Peter captures the story's vulpine predator forms the crux of the narrative, which in "Suzie Templeton's animated version gets a few new twists, and even a hint of young romance."

Prior to Peter & the Wolf, SundayArts News will cover the fields of dance, visual art and film. Featured segments will include:

*Art: Opens October 16. A highly focused historical show with the spirit of a young artist's first retrospective, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 explores a time when, from the ages of 27 to 34, Calder created his first wire drawings in space, performed his Circus (made in Paris 1926-31 and part of the Whitney's permanent collection), and invented his signature mobiles.

*Documentary/Films: The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) will be holding its ninth annual documentary festival, DocFest08, in New York. Following each screening, the documentary filmmakers and special guests will take part in the lively Q&A discussions that have become a hallmark of the festival. Premieres include Johnny Cash's America by acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Neville, American Masters: Jerome Robbins featuring the legendary choreographer, and Running the Sahara produced by Matt Damon. The Paley Center will also reunite filmmaker Richard Kaplan and subject Liv Ullmann to discuss 1979's A Look at Liv: Norway's Liv Ullmann; Liv Ullmann's Norway. The festival will also feature two documentaries, Toots and Whatever It Takes, about two different extraordinary New Yorkers and how they impacted others.

*Jewelry: Forbes Galleries: National Jewelry Institute's Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization exhibition- This current exhibit at the Forbes Gallery is a collection of the cross currents of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, whose faiths and precious objects have evolved together over the millennia.

*Dance: Celebrating its internationally recognized 75th Anniversary, America's oldest professional ballet company returns to New York City Center for three diverse programs of incomparable artistry and innovation. Performing to live orchestral accompaniment, San Francisco Ballet will present works by George Balanchine and Helgi Tomasson, plus New York premieres of select works from San Francisco Ballet's highly acclaimed New Works Festival by choreographers Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo, Val Caniparoli, and Yuri Possokhov. Through October 18th.

SundayArts Profile will feature conversations with Thirteen president and CEO Neal Shapiro and President of the American Museum of Natural History Ellen Futter. Additionally, American Museum of Natural History Curator Ross McPhee discusses "The Horses" exhibit.

Finally the SundayArts "Choice" segment will discuss the New York Historical Society's Hudson River School Paintings.

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SundayArts is Thirteen/WNET's on-air/online series through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Big Apple's cultural best. New York's public television station has long partnered with the city's most celebrated cultural institutions, capturing and broadcasting their work on PBS.

Every Sunday at noon on Thirteen, SundayArts wraps insightful interviews, on-location features, profiles, and introductions around a showcased presentation. SundayArts News segments cover current cultural highlights while Curator's Choice briefs offer first-hand, insider reviews of highlights from shows and events around town. Profiles of cultural figures reflect the eclectic New York arts scene.

For those outside of Thirteen's tri-state viewing area, makes New York's cultural bounty accessible anytime, from anywhere. The video-rich new site features the latest arts news, interviews, and previews of SundayArts broadcasts. Contributing bloggers Elizabeth Vincentelli (Time Out New York), Adam Wasserman (Opera News) and cultural journalist Jennifer Melick add knowledgeable, lively dialogue to the site. Users are encouraged to email questions and comments to the host, artists and organizations.

Funding for SundayArts has been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Lemberg Foundation.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, Expos_, Bill Moyers Journal, and Cyberchase to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as New York Voices, Reel 13 and SundayArts.

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