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Lawrence Welk Precious Memories

Airs Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6 p.m. & Sunday, March 25 at 7 a.m. on KPBS TV

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Credit: Courtesy of OETA

Above: The cast of "Lawrence Welk Precious Memories" gathers for an official group photo. Bottom row, left to right: Tom Netherton, Dick Dale, Jack Imel, Jo Ann Castle, Kathy Lennon, Janet Lennon, Mimi Lennon. Back row, left to right: Ken Delo, Bob Ralston, Joe Feeney, Norma Zimmer, Mary Lou Metzger, Guy Hovis, Ralna English and Gail Farrell.

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"Lawrence Welk Precious Memories" is a two-hour PBS special that abounds with spiritual hymns, inspirational songs and gospel medleys reminding viewers of their shared family values based on loving and heartfelt beliefs.

This nostalgic special will lift your spirits, heal your heart and take you into the safe haven of your past with promises for a brighter tomorrow.

This PBS special was taped before a live audience at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson, Missouri in early September, 2004. The audience was thrilled by the songs of faith and responded with numerous standing ovations.

“Lawrence Welk Precious Memories” features 15 stars from the Welk Musical Family, including The Lennon Sisters, Ralna English, Guy Hovis, Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer, Jo Ann Castle, Mary Lou Metzger, Jack Imel, Tom Netherton, Ken Delo, Dick Dale, Gail Farrell, Bob Ralston, and Joe Feeney. The special also features The Welk Champagne Music Makers under the direction of John Bahler.

The first three acts feature more than 20 songs of inspiration including “Precious Memories,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Ave Maria,” “How Great Thou Art,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “Find Us Faithful,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “My Tribute,” “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You,” and “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

A special moment is highlighted in act three with a heartfelt salute to the late incomparable clarinetist Henry Cuesta who was a featured performer with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra for more than 30 years.

Act four features a “Precious Memories Medley” with the Welk Musical Family singing 12 all-time favorite hymns and a special reading of “Footsteps.”

Archival clips and vintage photographs of Lawrence Welk and his Musical Family provide the audience with “Precious Memories” throughout this touching and dramatic program.

“Lawrence Welk Precious Memories” is produced by OETA – The Oklahoma Network. Robert L. Allen, executive producer; Bill Thrash, producer; Jo Ann Young, writer; and Dennis Glore, director.

Originally aired March 2005.

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