PBS Arts Summer Festival

PBS Arts Summer FestivalThis Summer, explore the arts in a whole new way. Beginning June 29, CET and PBS will feature a range of artists and performances from across the country and around the globe. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith hosts. Don’t miss the following programs on CET & CET Arts:


Mariachi HighMariachi High
9pm Friday, June 29, on CET

In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will inspire, surprise and bring you to your feet with their astonishing musical virtuosity and the music they make. Mariachi High spends a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble of Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in south Texas.

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible WorldIslamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
10pm Friday, July 6, on CET
8pm Sunday, July 8, on CET Arts

Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite.

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Women Who RockJohn Leguizamo's Tales from a Ghetto Klown
10pm Friday, July 13, on CET
9pm Monday, July 16, on CET Arts

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the industry’s most versatile actors: John Leguizamo. This profile of the actor/playwright looks at his unorthodox rise to success while capturing his struggles to mount his latest one-man show.

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Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonatoHomecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato
9pm Friday, July 20, on CET
9pm Tuesday, July 23 on CET Arts

A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this special tracks Joyce DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown - and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut - after a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. DiDonato is accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony and their vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern.

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Havana, Havana!Havana, Havana!
9pm Friday, July 27, on CET
8pm, Tuesday, July 30, on CET Arts

Tap your toes to the beat of this music documentary, which vibrates with the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz, who brings together fellow musical stars Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens for a concert in Havana. All of them left Cuba years ago and their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music. 

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The Barnes Collection
9pm Friday, Aug. 3, on CET

Follow Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.


Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
9pm Friday, Aug. 10, on CET

Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world's most beloved music festivals. The performance will feature appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra - led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons - and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor.