Yellowstone Symphony | Wednesday, March 13 at 8

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March 13, 2019 on WOUB

– A Spectacular Visual Journey Through America’s First National Park Set to Classical Music –

From the ethereal wonders at Mammoth Hot Springs to the grandeur of Tower Fall to its extraordinary wildlife, YELLOWSTONE SYMPHONY takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through America’s first national park. Set to classical music from some of the world’s best composers, the park’s magnificent scenery and wildlife are showcased as they change through the seasons. The stunning cinematography offers viewers a tourist-free look at the plentiful wildlife — elk, moose, grizzly bears, wolves and bison (recently named “America’s National Animal”) — and other inhabitants of Yellowstone National Park. YELLOWSTONE SYMPHONY is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations in March 2019.

Sometimes called “the Serengeti of the West,” Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, beginning America’s long love affair with these landmarks. Yellowstone’s thermal features and geyser basins — including the iconic “Old Faithful” and other marvels — are famed worldwide and attract visitors from every continent.

This lyrical film, without narration, skillfully blends imagery with the music of Smetana, Vivaldi, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and others. Time-lapse, underwater, slow motion and aerial photography are featured in this portrait of one of the world’s best-loved places. Shot in 4K and high definition television, YELLOWSTONE SYMPHONY features a dynamic 5.1 Surround score.

Songs featured in the program include:

• “The Moldau” – Bedřich Smetana
• “The Four Seasons”¬¬ – Antonio Vivaldi
• “Ride of the Valkyries” – Richard Wagner
• “Hebrides Overture” – Felix Mendelssohn
• “Rosamunde Overture” – Franz Schubert
• “Siegfried Idyll” – Richard Wagner
• “Für Elise” – Ludwig van Beethoven
• “Lacrimosa” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
• “Lullaby” – Johannes Brahms
• “Lyric Pieces” – Edvard Grieg
• “Dance of the Mirlitons” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
• “Hall of the Mountain King” – Edvard Grieg
• “Canon in D Major” – Johann Pachelbel
• “Arabesque No. 1” – Claude Debussy
• “Two Melodies Op. 53” – Edvard Grieg
• “Dance of the Swans” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
• “Adagietto” – Gustav Mahler
• Symphony No. 9, “Largo” – Antonin Dvořák
• “March of the Nutcracker” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

YELLOWSTONE SYMPHONY is produced and directed by John Howe, an accomplished executive producer-director-writer-cinematographer with a long track record of having many of his films nationally distributed to PBS stations. His long-form documentaries include National Parks – Troubled Edens; Unspoken – America’s Native American Boarding School, Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter; Wild Horses of the West; Wallace Stegner; Wilderness: The Great Debate; Butch Cassidy and the Outlaw Trail; Wild River: The Colorado; Desert Wars: Water and the West; Utah: The National Parks; The Snow Wolves; Return of the Wolves; Arctic Wars; The Long Walk: Tears of the Navajo; Nuclear National Park; The Last Cowboys; River of Stone; Artists of the West; Horses of the West: America’s Love Story, Grand Canyon Serenade, and Red Rock Serenade. Actors Robert Redford, Ali MacGraw, Joanne Woodward, Hal Holbrook, and Peter Coyote have narrated his films.

He served as executive producer for the Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir national series on PBS, consistently one of PBS’s highest-rated holiday specials with guest artists including nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, The Muppets, and many more.

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