PBS Examines The History Of One Of History’s Greatest Songs In New Program

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

The holiday season is almost upon us yet again. That means that it won’t be long before audiences start to see the annual wave of holiday movies and tunes hit stores, theaters, radio stations, and television screens. For all of the movies, TV shows, and songs that are churned out each holiday season, few audiences knew the rich history of those offerings. This fall PBS will present the history of just one of those offerings when it releases the special holiday presentation The First Silent Night: The Christmas Carol That United The World.

The First Silent Night: The Christmas Carol That United The World will be released on Tuesday, November 3rd. It will be available exclusively on DVD. The program examines the roots of the beloved Christmas carol The Silent Night. Host Simon Callow (Amadeus, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) takes viewers to the Austrian village of Oberndorf and the city of Salzburg as he traces the song’s history. In his travels, Callow finds that those roots reach all the way back to a young pair of friends named Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber, whose meeting in a poor country church would lead to the birth of the now world-renowned carol. Along with its central feature, the upcoming DVD will also feature more than forty-five minutes of bonus video content including various ‘Silent Night’ videos, separate examinations of Salzburg, and much more.

The First Silent Night: The Christmas Carol That United The World will be available Tuesday, November 3rd. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=69428296&cp=&sr=1&kw=the+first+silent+night&origkw=the+first+silent+night&parentPage=search. More information on this and other programs from PBS is available online now at:

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