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ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 5 December, 10.00pm

On November 10, 2011, Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist from Japan who was the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal in 2009 appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall. His dream had come true. Arguably the most important event in the career of any performer, for “Nobu” it was a miracle. With his brilliant technique and beautiful tone, the performance of the masterpieces of Beethoven, Liszt, Mussorgsky, and encores by Chopin and his own compositions, brought the usually reserved Carnegie Hall audience to its feet.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 5 December, 8.30pm

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker and their musical director Sir Simon Rattle welcome the New Year together with multi-awarded Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin. Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have placed him at the forefront of today’s pianists.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 5 December, 7.45pm

The Spiras perform Robert Schumann’s Symphony No.1 in B flat Major, Op. 38, “Spring”, filmed at the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena on December 7, 2010. Created in Cremona in June 2007, the Spiras established themselves amongst the best of chamber orchestras in the world.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 5 December, 7.00pm

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, legendary conductor Bernard Haitink leads ‘his’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this great production of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

ARTS CHANNEL – Tuesday 4 December, 9.45pm

Alastair Sooke explores the mysterious appeal of unfinished works of art. From Dickens’s unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Jane Austen’s Sanditon to Coleridge’s Kubla Khan, he talks to those who have attempted to finish these literary enigmas and those who believe that any such task is impossible. In a film that picks through literature’s leftovers, Sooke explores the moral dilemmas as well as the commercial opportunities finishing presents. And he considers how, in the modern era, artists have purposefully left their work unfinished.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 3 December, 8.30pm

Created by Antonio Gades in collaboration with Carlos Saura, this matchless production shows how the explosive power and intensity of feeling in traditional Spanish flamenco can bring vividly to life the sultry passion, earthy emotion, love and rivalry that is Carmen. Vanesa Vento lives and breathes Carmen, emphasizing the many faces of this character, female, passionate and freedom fighter, but fickle in love as she shamelessly flirts with men she likes, inspiring desire, rivalry and jealousy amongst both the men and other women.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 2 December, 8.30pm

The legendary Carlos Santana brings together his unique blend of styles and sounds to deliver a blistering performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival fresh in 2011. Santana’s world music, blues, rock ‘n roll and jazz fusion has reached across the globe and stayed with audiences through the eras. This live show is a perfect display of the multi-Grammy Award winning artist as not only an accomplished composer and vocalist but also as the incredible musician who can rank highly amongst some of the greatest guitarists of all time.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 30 November, 7.35pm

The Verbier Festival is arguably one of the most prestigious classical music events in the world. The quality of the participating artists as well as the originality of the programmes has established the festival as a culminating point in the music season. This series of TV programmes by Id�ale Audience present the highlights of the Verbier Festival 2011, featuring renowned artists such as Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Lars Vogt, Yuja Wang, Renaud Capu�on, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Nelson Goerner.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 28 November, 8.30pm

The Verbier Festival is arguably one of the most prestigious classical music events in the world. The quality of the participating artists as well as the originality of the programmes has established the festival as a culminating point in the music season. This series of TV programmes by Id�ale Audience present the highlights of the Verbier Festival 2011, featuring renowned artists such as Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Lars Vogt, Yuja Wang, Renaud Capu�on, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Nelson Goerner.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 26 November, 8.30pm

Narrated by Cory Monteith (Finn from Glee), this illuminating feature centres on the El Sitema music organization, which used music education to transform the lives of children in violent and impoverished environments by giving them healthy (as well as passionate and discipline-driven) lives. The lessons don’t just enrich the student’s lives though; their reach extends to the student’s communities too. An inspiring group, El Sitema’s model has influenced similar programs all over the globe, the combined impact of which is something Teaching the Life of Music captures in spades. To date, the organization, founded 36 years ago by Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, has reached over 350,000 youths.