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Gustavo Takes L.A.

Watch Great Performances “Celebracion: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic With Juan Diego Florez at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was struck by just how much the city has caught Gustavo Dudamel fever. I knew that the classical music world had great hopes for the energetic conductor to be a catalyst for drawing new audiences to the genre, but I didn’t realize how far that spread into the community until I started seeing Dudamel’s face on street signs, billboards, buses and throughout the corridors of Los Angeles International Airport. I haven’t had the chance to see Dudamel in person, but even through television, his energy, passion and excitement are readily apparent. See a bit of it in the preview video below. Then, watch the full performance with tenor Juan Diego Florez on WPT.

Carole King and James Taylor travel back to their roots

Watch Carole King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubador at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Both James Taylor and Carole King have had phenomenal solo careers with hits spanning decades. Their music is both instantly recognizable, comforting and warm. The two artists have also had a long connection to public television through numerous specials featuring their music through the years.

This program is unique in the way that it explores the early days of their careers by bringing them physically back to the Troubador Nightclub — the very place that Taylor inspired King to take a swing at her own solo artistry. Together, the pair revisit their favorite songs in enlightening new interpretations. Take an advance look in the clip below.