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AETN Arts Friday Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys & Joyce DiDonato

Posted on 20 Jul 2012

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 

It’s another star-powered AETN Arts Friday this week with performances from iconic country swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and world-famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The fun kicks off with a encore episode of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by PBS Arts’ “Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Presents Joyce DiDonato” at 9 p.m.

Filmed live at the Rialto Arts Center in Morrilton in 2003, this classic episode of “AETN Presents: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” is a high-spirited romp through classics from the band’s heyday. Showcasing legendary western swing vocalist Leon Rausch, Grammy Award-winning lead guitarist Tommy Allsup, fiddlers Bob Boatright and Gene Gasaway, drummer Tommy Perkins, steel Guitarist Curley Hollingsworth, and Ron Willis on bass, this performance is a real treat! The set includes fan favorites, such as “Faded Love,” “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” “New San Antonio Rose,” and more.

At 9 p.m., Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato proves that you can go home again in the concert documentary “Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato,” part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. This stunning film, featuring a superb concert wrapped by documentary narratives, tracks DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown after her triumphant appearance with Placido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Kansas City’s extraordinary Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts provides a stunning backdrop as the production profiles the Grammy Award-winning musicians of the Kansas City Symphony, the symphony’s vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern, and DiDonato. Together, the star-studded group creates a grand and ambitious musical program unlike any its audience has ever seen.

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AETN Arts Fridays
July 20, 2012

"AETN Presents: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys,” 6:30 p.m.
“Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato,” 9 p.m.

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