Burbank, CA - October 15, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, invites viewers to tune-in to new episodes of Open Call which showcase three documentary shorts - Sing!, Sing Opera! and Sing China! from award-winning filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Jessica Sanders chronicling the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.
Beginning Oct. 18 at 9 p.m., Academy-Award® nominated "Sing"! chronicles a year in the life of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus amid severe cutbacks, and its rise to becoming one of the best children's choirs in the country. Following, its sequel, "Sing Opera!" captures 65 singers of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus as they strive to honor their vocal talents for the 2007 world premiere of the family opera, Keepers of the Night. From early rehearsals to opening night, the children work alongside professional artists and renowned opera singers such as soprano Lynette Tapia, baritone Malcolm Mackenzie and KCET's own mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán.
The films' third installment, "Sing China!", on Oct. 25 at 9 p.m., goes behind the choir's groundbreaking tour to China and tells the moving, often funny story of how children can be a force in diplomacy as they build bridges between China and the U.S. through the power of music. Mock not only captures the excitement and drama of performance, but also paints a portrait of a changing China, one then on the cusp of hosting the 2008 Olympics. "Sing China" documents the chorus' first trip to China and the intimate moments of their rehearsals and performances, and also their interactions with host organizations and fellow Chinese singers.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
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