June specials showcase great concerts and more

Enjoy performances by musical legends ranging from Prince to Bocelli to the Doobie Brothers, join Ken Burns to explore our National Parks, and get a peek at the upcoming “Downton Abbey” film in a week of special programming beginning June 1.

For the full schedule, go to our TV Schedule page and use the schedule tool or scroll down to the monthly schedule PDFs for June.

Saturday, June 1

Prince

“John Denver: Country Boy” (5 p.m.)
Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades. Get the CD/DVD combo set.

“Magic Moments: The Best of ’50s Pop” (6:30 p.m.)
Join hosts Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney for a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. Return to the era’s pop music days with a mix of live performance and archival footage, including classic moments from favorite performers. Get the CD/DVD combo set.

“Prince: Rave UN2 The Year 2000” (8:30 p.m.)
Prince guides fans from one millennium to the next in this 1999 concert recorded just outside his home base of Minneapolis. Enjoy Prince’s legendary musical talent and peerless showmanship as he performs hits and fan favorites like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It’s all backed by a second-to-none band featuring bassist Larry Graham of Sly & The Family Stone, plus guest appearances by New Power Generation vocalist Rosie Gaines and Maceo Parker, longtime saxophonist for James Brown. Get the CD/DVD/LP/book combo set.

Sunday, June 2

“Downton Abbey Returns!” (4:30 p.m.)
Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie. Features new interviews with the cast and creators and never-before-seen video clips. Get the “Downton Abbey” mug and collector’s set.

“Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2” (6 p.m.)
In October 2010 the legendary musical, now an Oscar-nominated film, celebrated its 25th birthday. To mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. The extraordinary star-studded concert production features a company of more than 500 actors and musicians, including members of the current London production and the original 1985 cast. Get the CD/DVD combo set.

Monday, June 3

“Jesse Cook: Beyond Borders” (7 p.m.)
Enjoy an immersive musical journey with the acoustic guitar virtuoso as he blends rumba and flamenco with elements of jazz and world music.This latest concert special was filmed over the 31 days of Cook’s coast-to-coast tour of Canada. Get the CD/DVD combo set. | Get tickets to see Jesse Cook at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Tuesday, June 4

Shelea

“Quincy Jones Presents Sheléa” (7 p.m.)
Join Quincy Jones, David Foster and the multi-talented Sheléa for this intimate concert taped in Los Angeles. Sheléa performs a wide range of songs, including a Whitney Houston medley, a tribute to Aretha Franklin and West Side Story’s “Somewhere.” Get the CD, DVD and behind-the-scenes booklet. | Get tickets to see Sheléa at Mesa Arts Center.

“Dennis DeYoung: ‘The Grand Illusion’ 40th Anniversary Album Tour” (8:30 p.m. with a replay on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 p.m.) 
Styx founding member and lead singer Dennis DeYoung celebrates the 1970s rock band’s greatest works, “The Grand Illusion” album, the superstar band’s record-breaking selling rock album in 1977, by performing the album in its entirety. Hear “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times” and “Mr. Roboto,” plus classic rock anthems “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madam Blue” and many more. Get the CD/DVD combo set. | Get tickets to see Dennis DeYoung at Mesa Arts Center.

Wednesday, June 5

“Doobie Brothers Live From the Beacon Theatre” (8 p.m.)
Join the band as they return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the first time in 25 years. Recorded before a live audience, the concert features hits and fan favorites from two landmark albums: “Toulouse Street” and “The Captain and Me.” Get the CD/DVD combo set.

“Ken Burns: The National Parks” (9:30 p.m.)
Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks, from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series.

Thursday, June 6

“Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” (7 p.m. with a replay at 10 p.m.)
Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking “Fresh Aire” compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. Includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Get the CD/DVD combo set. | Get tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller at Mesa Arts Center.

“Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live” (8:30 p.m.)
Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. This concert is a special homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and all played in the same band at one time. Jimmy Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, while Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right. Bonamassa pays tribute to these legends in a live concert recorded at London’s Old Royal Naval College. Get the CD/DVD set. | Get tickets to see Joe Bonamassa at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

Andrea Bocelli

Friday, June 7

“Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli @ 60” (8 p.m.)
Join us for an international celebration of Andrea Bocelli’s 60th Birthday. World renowned for being equally at home in the worlds of popular music and opera, GP spotlights both sides of the tenor’s career with a program of well-known arias spectacularly staged at Italy’s Arena di Verona. Also featured are songs from Bocelli’s new CD, “Si,” performed at an all-white party in the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere. Special guests include Andrea’s son Matteo, who joins his father for a performance of the duet “Fall on Me.” Get the DVD combo.

Saturday, June 8

“Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” (5:30 p.m.)
Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking “Fresh Aire” compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. Includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Get the CD/DVD combo set. | Get tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller at Mesa Arts Center.

“Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden” (7 p.m.)
Join the global superstar with the instantly recognizable voice along with special guests Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles for this critically-acclaimed, sold-out concert recorded from New York’s most famous arena. Own the CD and DVD combo

“Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live” (8:30 p.m.)
Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. This concert is a special homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and all played in the same band at one time. Jimmy Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, while Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right. Bonamassa pays tribute to these legends in a live concert recorded at London’s Old Royal Naval College. Get the CD/DVD set. | Get tickets to see Joe Bonamassa at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

“Doobie Brothers Live From the Beacon Theatre” (10 p.m.)
Join the band as they return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the first time in 25 years. Recorded before a live audience, the concert features hits and fan favorites from two landmark albums: “Toulouse Street” and “The Captain and Me.” Get the CD/DVD combo set.

Sunday, June 9

“Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2” (4 p.m.)
In October 2010 the legendary musical, now an Oscar-nominated film, celebrated its 25th birthday. To mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. The extraordinary star-studded concert production features a company of more than 500 actors and musicians, including members of the current London production and the original 1985 cast. Get the CD/DVD combo set.

“Downton Abbey Returns!” (8 p.m.)
Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie. Features new interviews with the cast and creators and never-before-seen video clips. Get the “Downton Abbey” mug and collector’s set.

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