Around the Nation
Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.
“Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato” premieres Friday on PBS.
“Architect Moshe Safdie‘s extraordinary new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts provides the stunning backdrop for a performance-documentary that profiles the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Symphony, their vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern, and the radiant, celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this special tracks DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown — and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut — after a triumphant appearance with Placido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.”
Idea Channel asks, “Has the Microsoft Kinect revolutionized art?”
“If you haven’t had a chance to play with Microsoft’s Kinect, you’re missing out on some great video games and some amazing art! The Kinect is a crazy awesome piece of XBox 360 hardware that maps your physical movements onto any screen. Artists of all stripes have embraced the Kinect to create fantastical works of art. Is it Microsoft’s greatest contribution to art?”
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“History Detectives” discovers “Frank Zappa’s Lost Collage.”
“A life-long art collector spotted a striking piece in a South Carolina thrift store, a graphic collage of percussion instruments, intrigued by the signature “FZ.” His research led him to an intriguing possibility: Rock and Roll legend Frank Zappa. Gwen Wright meets with friends and biographers of Zappa to see if she can find out whether Zappa made this collage.”
Oregon Art Beat profiles harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers, printmaker Nancy Jo Mullen and calligraphy master Sekko Daigo: