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Live From The Artists Den: Rufus Wainwright

Airs Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Tim Ries, Teddy Thompson, Andy Burton, Rufus Wainwright, Krystal Warren, Ben Perowsky, Charysse Blackman, Sharief Hobley perform live at the Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Avenue. Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, with "Candles," a single from his acclaimed new album, "Out of the Game," and an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town.”

Courtesy of Adam Macchia

Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, Charysse Blackman perform live at the magnificent Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Avenue. Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, with "Candles," a single from his acclaimed new album, "Out of the Game," and an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town.”

Courtesy of Adam Macchia

Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, with "Candles," a single from his acclaimed new album, "Out of the Game," and an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town.”

The Emmy®-nominated music series LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN features a remarkable line-up of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues. The groundbreaking fifth season features Norah Jones (March 29), The Wallflowers (April 5), Rufus Wainwright (April 12) and Mayer Hawthorne (April 19).

"Rufus Wainwright" - “Candles” is the closing song on Rufus Wainwright’s acclaimed new album, "Out of the Game," but it was the perfect opener at his performance at the magnificent Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Avenue.

The historic church was a breathtaking backdrop for the gorgeous tale of searching for a place to light a memorial for his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle.

Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Wainwright paid additional tribute to McGarrigle during the 22-song set with an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town” before bringing out super-producer Mark Ronson, who helmed the new album, and closing the evening with the rousing, disco-flavored “Bitter Tears.”

Wainwright's full set list includes "Candles," "Rashida," "Song Of You," "The One You Love," "Respectable," "Jericho," "Out Of The Game," "Going To A Town," "Montauk/14th Street," "On My Way To Town" and "Bitter Tears."

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN is on Facebook, and you can follow @TheArtistsDen on Twitter. Rufus Wainwright is on Facebook, and you can follow @rufuswainwright on Twitter. Watch videos on Rufus Wainwright's YouTube Channel.

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Preview: Live From The Artists Den: Rufus Wainwright

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Above: “Candles” is the closing song on Rufus Wainwright’s acclaimed new album, "Out of the Game," but it was the perfect opener at his performance at the magnificent Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Avenue. The historic church was a breathtaking backdrop for the gorgeous tale of searching for a place to light a memorial for his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle. Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Wainwright paid additional tribute to McGarrigle during the 22-song set with an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town” before bringing out super-producer Mark Ronson, who helmed the new album, and closing the evening with the rousing, disco-flavored “Bitter Tears.”

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Live From The Artists Den: Rufus Wainwright performs "Jericho"

Above: Watch Rufus Wainwright perform "Jericho" during his episode of public television's LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN.

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Live From The Artists Den: Rufus Wainwright: Extended Interview

Above: In this extended interview, Rufus Wainwright discusses the process of writing his newest album, "Out of the Game," with good friend and super-producer, Mark Ronson.

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Inside The Den: Rufus Wainwright

Above: Take a closer look at the Church of the Ascension in New York City, the site of Rufus Wainwright's LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN episode taping.