Celebrate summer with new music series on Arizona PBS

This year, get through the July heat with brand new music programs from Arizona PBS! Start with the annual Independence Day celebration, “A Capitol Fourth,” hosted by Vanessa Williams and culminating in spectacular fireworks over the nation’s capitol. Starting July 9, Fridays bring two new Great Performance episodes hosted by Gloria Estefan and Sheila E. Then starting on July 16, “Icon: Music Through the Lens” explores music photography, and starting July 23, “Classic Albums” celebrates the making of the greatest albums in popular music. Scroll down to get a look at these programs and more music offerings from Arizona PBS.

A Capitol Fourth

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Vanessa Williams hosts the 41st edition of America’s Independence Day celebration capped off with patriotic classics and a spectacular fireworks display over the Washington, DC skyline. Enjoy performances by Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Pentatonix, Renee Fleming, Train, Jennifer Nettles, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Auli’i Cravalho, Laura Osnes, Ali Stroker and Maestro Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra!

Great Performances
“Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba”

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Gloria Estefan journeys through three of Brazil’s most influential cities, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador, with Estefan as narrator and host, discussing the history of Samba and its many variations. Featuring regional celebrities like Maria Rita, Carlinhos Brown and Jorge Arãgo, the documentary looks at the African origins of Brazilian music and specific sites that have inspired artists.

Icon: Music Through the Lens

Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m.
Featuring in-depth and often irreverent interviews with the world’s best-known music photographers, musicians, gallerists, music journalists and social commentators, “Icon: Music Through the Lens” is an eye-opening, six-part, thrill ride through the amazing world of music photography.

Sheila E.

Great Performances
“Roots of Latin Jazz”

Friday, July 16 at 9 p.m.
Celebrate the rhythms of Latin music with the Raices Jazz Orchestra and performances by GRAMMY-winning artists including Richard Bona and Anaadi. Hosted by Sheila E.

Classic Albums

Fridays at 9 p.m., starting July 23
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Celebrate the making of the greatest albums in pop, rock and heavy metal music. Each episode features interviews with band members, producers and others discussing the creation of the historic recording. Watch now with Passport access, or watch on Fridays at 9 p.m., starting with Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” on July 23 and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” on July 30.

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Great Performances
“Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2020”

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Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of selections by Strauss, Wagner, Offenbach, Puccini and more from the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens under the baton of conductor Valery Gergiev featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Art in the 48

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A community needs art to truly feel alive. Join host Alberto Rios to meet Arizona artists and hear their stories firsthand. Trace the impact of living artists on their communities, and see how art is all around us. From across the art spectrum – painters and sculptors, musicians and dancers, museums and theaters and more – see where life meets art.

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