Winterfest highlights LPB 2012 campaign

Photo provided by Louisiana Public BroadcastingHarry Connick Jr. is shown during the filming of 'Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music,' which airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 as part of Louiisana Publice Broadcasting's Winterfest.
Photo provided by Louisiana Public BroadcastingHarry Connick Jr. is shown during the filming of 'Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music,' which airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 as part of Louiisana Publice Broadcasting's Winterfest.

A new Louisiana Public Broadcasting special featuring some of the state’s famous musicians and a special sneak peek at the third season of “Downton Abbey” highlight WLPB programming during Winterfest 2012.

The membership campaign begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with a new Doo Wop special featuring Jerry Butler, the Del Vikings, Little Anthony and the Imperials and many others. It also airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, “Motown: Big Hits and More” features archival performances by The Temptations, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many others. It has an encore showing on at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Downton Abbey Revisited” at 8 p.m. Sunday looks back at the first two seasons of the incredibly popular series and previews season three premiering Jan. 6, 2013 on LPB.

At 8:30 p.m. Monday, “John Kennedy Toole: The Omega Point” looks at the tragic story of the author of “A Confederacy of Dunces,” who committed suicide at the age of 31, a decade before his novel was published.

“Christmas with Nathan Pacheco” at 7 p.m. Tuesday features the world-renowned singer performing holiday favorites. At 8:30 p.m., legendary rock singer Rod Stewart is joined by Michael BublĂ© and Mary J. Blige for his first Christmas special, “Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby.”

At 9 p.m. Friday, blues legend Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones perform together in this concert recorded in 1981.

“Under the Streetlamp” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 features former cast members from the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” in concert. The thank you gifts for pledging to LPB will include tickets for their Dec. 26 concert at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans.

There will be an encore showing of the Rod Stewart Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho at 9 p.m.

“Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 3, is the 1977 documentary that launched the career of wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood. At 8 p.m., “Pavarotti in Central Park” is the tenor’s 1993 virtuoso performance backed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 4, it’s a sneak preview of the new cooking program “Bringing It Home with Laura McIntosh” with special guest chef John Folse. That’s followed at 8:30 p.m. by an encore showing of “Downton Abbey Revisited.”

The award-winning documentary “Against the Tide” will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, telling the history of the Cajun people of Louisiana.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 6, it’s the Emmy-winning Masterpiece drama “Sherlock” followed by “House” star Hugh Laurie and an all-star lineup of New Orleans musicians in a special edition of “Great Performances.”

The premiere of “Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music” is at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, featuring Harry Connick Jr., Tim McGraw, Buddy Guy, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Marsalis Family, Mickey Gilley, Irma Thomas, Buckwheat Zydeco, Trombone Shorty, Better Than Ezra, Rebirth Brass Band and the Zion Harmonizers performing their unique renditions of “You Are My Sunshine.” That’s followed at 8:30 p.m. by “Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood,” the story of the state’s first two centuries as part of the United States.