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KPBS Holiday Programming

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Airs Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Airs Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists. This special was taped at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois.

"A Christmas Carol: The Concert" is a unique musical event — the first time Charles Dickens’ popular 1843 novel has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting.

Courtesy of Michael Brosilow

Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, with as Michael Aaron Lindner as Scrooge.

Courtesy of Michael Brosilow

Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, with Scott Coulter as Bob Cratchit.

The score, composed by Bob Christianson, recalls Broadway classics such as "Les Miserables" and "The Phantom of the Opera," and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. It includes musical styles that range from classical to Broadway to blues and gospel.

The story, faithfully adapted by Broadway's Alisa Hauser, is performed by leading lights from the Chicago and New York theater world, including Michael Aaron Lindner (Ebenezer Scrooge), E. Faye Butler (Narrator), Scott Coulter (Fred/Bob Cratchit), Kyle Scatliffe (Marley/The Ghosts), and Arya Daire (Belle).

"A Christmas Carol: The Concert" is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told as never before.

The special, taped in May 2013 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois, premieres nationally on PBS stations beginning December 2013.

Producer is Scott Silberstein. Director/Editor is Matt Hoffman. Produced for the stage by Bob Christianson and Scott Silberstein, and directed for the stage by David Kersnar. The orchestra is under the direction of Amy Duran.

"A Christmas Carol - The Concert" is on Facebook, and you can follow @xmasconcert on Twitter.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

A unique musical event, the first time Charles Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting.