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Strum Out to 'Songs for Summer'

What’s a good summer without some awesome tunes to go with it? The Pacific Northwest is basking in some great rays this season, and it’s time to celebrate the sunshine with ‘Songs for Summer,’ brought straight to you by KCTS 9. This August, you can indulge in all your favorite musicians; from the legendary Jimi Hendrix, to the iconic Simon & Garfunkel, to the sounds of the distinguished Vienna Philharmonic.

‘Songs for Summer’ begins at 9 p.m. on Aug. 1, with American Masters: Jimi Hendrix Hear My Train A Comin’


Grab those guitar picks, tune up those strings, and prepare to jam out with the legendary Jimi Hendrix! Experience the life and music of Hendrix in this American Masters documentary. Learn about the pioneering electric guitarist whose music influenced the stage forever.

The program features footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, home videos, and interview with family, friends, and fellow musicians. 

American Masters: Jimi Hendrix Hear My Train A Comin’ airs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.


Say hello to some ‘old friends’ with Simon & Garfunkel and watch the performance that drew one of the largest audiences ever assembled for a single concert. Relive one of the duo’s most memorable performances as they come to KCTS 9 this August. Break into song with 'Mrs. Robinson', find 'A Heart in New York', and reminisce in some old beats with 'American Tune'.

The program features the 1981 free public performance on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park. The duo rarely performed together after they went their separate ways in 1970, but they made an exception for their hometown. The concert helps raise awareness and funding to help restore the world’s most famous urban park.

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park airs at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.


Spend your Friday night in Austria and relish the magical sounds of the Vienna Philharmonic. Immerse yourself in the arias of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, and enjoy the views of the beautiful city of Vienna.

The program features the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013 concert led by Lorin Maazel. The outdoor concert in the baroque gardens of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace is free to thousands of attendees in Vienna, and serves the orchestra’s objective of making classical music accessible to a broad spectrum of concertgoers beyond its usual audience.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 airs at 10 p.m. on Friday Aug. 28.


Blog post authored by Nikki Torres Garcia, KCTS 9 Social Media Intern.


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