The Arts on TV New Year’s Eve: Bernstein and Gershwin; Cold Play

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“Live From Lincoln Center” 5 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, KOCE: Bernstein and Gershwin : The New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Gala celebrates the music of 20th-century composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. With pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

“Pink: Funhouse - Live in Australia” 5 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, LOGO: The artist performs in Sydney; songs include “So What,” “Sober,” “Just Like a Pill,” and “U and Ur Hand.”

“Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom” 5:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, KLCS: New Year’s : Why the New Year begins on January 1; how noise keeps evil spirits away; why caviar is acceptable to eat on New Year’s Eve but not New Year’s Day.

“The Lawrence Welk Show” 7 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, KOCE: New Year’s : Holiday nostalgia includes a salute to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. Songs include “Moonlight and Roses,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

“Great Performances” 9 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, KOCE: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 : Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival includes performances by Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Keb’ Mo’ and Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II and Jeff Beck.

“New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” 10 p.m., continuing at 11:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, NBC: Jessie J, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, The Roots, Tony Bennett.


“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012” 10 p.m., continuing at 11:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, ABC: A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight and features special performances.

“American Country New Year’s Eve Live” 11 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, Fox: Ringing in 2012 with musical performances and a look at the year in review.

“Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special” 11 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31, KOCE: Coldplay’s New Year’s Eve concert features songs from the new album, “Mylo Xyloto.”

“Great Performances” 2 p.m., Sunday Jan. 1, KVCR: Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway : Harry Connick Jr. performs a mix of standards, show tunes and jazz classics, backed by a 20-piece swing band and 10-piece string section, at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City.

“Great Performances” 6 p.m., Sunday Jan. 1, KOCE: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2012: Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic; conducted by Mariss Jansons. (N)

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly RELATED

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