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Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m.
For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is pure joy. As audiences return to live theater, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Go behind the curtain of belowed shows like A Chorus Line and Hamilton.
Joanne Shaw Taylor Live
Saturday, August 20 at 9 p.m.
Join #1 Billboard Blues Artist Joanne Shaw Taylor for a historic concert at the Franklin Theatre. This amazing performance will feature songs from her highly acclaimed release "The Blues Album" in addition to fan favorites and never-before-heard tracks. The incredible event welcomes Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist and "The Blues Album" producer Joe Bonamassa as the night's special guest, giving attendees a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. WFYI has tickets to see Joanne Shaw Taylor LIVE in November as thank-you gifts for donors who support this and other great concert specials you see on WFYI.
Freedom Songs: Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday, August 16 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.
Filled with many of the greatest artists and musicians from the soul music era and beyond, this powerful documentary explores how music helped sustain the most important movement in the 20th century and was inspired by the struggle for equality and human rights. Featuring exclusive interviews with music icon Chuck D and actor Louis Gossett, Jr., the film tells the story through performances, interviews, archival and new footage, all tied together by the undeniable and emotionally charged link between the movement and the music.
NATURE Equus: Story of the Horse
Wednesday, August 17 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, August 21 at 9 a.m.
The relationship between man and his noble steed is almost as old as civilization itself. Ever since the mysterious beginning of our extraordinary partnership,horses helped shape the human world. At the speed of a horse, our ancestors conquered distances and built empires. Together, humans and horses flourished side by side. What makes us so perfect for each other? Filmed over 18 months across three continents, featuring drone and helicopter-mounted RED aerials, extensive Phantom slow-motion footage, and a live-recorded symphonic score.
Straight No Chaser:25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, August 18 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Straight No Chaser - the group that started on the campus of Indiana University - now internationally famous - can walk onstage anywhere in the world and immediately bring audiences to their feet. They do this with nothing more than microphones in hand, grins ear-to-ear, witty banter on point, and an uncanny ability to belt out songs with style, swagger and spirit. In 2019, Straight No Chaser celebrated their 25th anniversary with a concert filmed at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. The group will return to the Murat in December and you could be there for their live performance. WFYI has tickets and soundcheck passes as thank-you gifts for donors who support this and other great concert specials you see on WFYI.
GP Andrea Bocelli: Live in Central Park
Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m.
On September 15, 2011, a cold, wet night in New York City’s Central Park, acclaimed tenor Andrea Bocelli dazzled thousands with his signature brand of pop and opera. Widely regarded as the most popular Italian tenor in the world with tens of millions of albums sold, Bocelli was joined that rainy, windswept evening by pop stars Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster, and from the classical world, bass baritone Bryn Terfel, sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, and violinist Nicola Benedetti. Donate to WFYI in support of this program and secure seats to see Bocelli live in December when he comes to Indiana for the first time.