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Red Rock Serenade

Airs Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: This cinematic journey through the breathtaking scenery of the American West’s iconic red rock country includes Arches National Park.

Credit: Courtesy of KUED

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From towering, wind-carved spires to graceful arches to the thundering power of rivers carving breathtaking canyons, the unique landscape of the American Southwest explodes in a celebration of sight and sound in "Red Rock Serenade." Featuring world class, high-definition photography set to a soundtrack of timeless classical music, "Red Rock Serenade" is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations.

A compelling departure from much of television fare, "Red Rock Serenade" takes viewers on a meditative journey through the breathtaking scenery of the American West’s iconic red rock country, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks — all set to music by some of the world’s greatest classical composers, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven.

“We set out to make a film with world-class images and world-class music,” says producer John Howe. “I hope we’ve achieved that. I’m very proud of the depth and immense scale the film has.”

The program does not use narration, choosing instead to let the music guide viewers to pristine destinations they may have visited, or to enjoy an unparalleled introduction to the stark and beautiful landscape of the Colorado Plateau. The film, which includes breathtaking aerial shots, shows the sharply divergent geological character of the area. The ancient footprints of indigenous people are captured, as well, through centuries-old structures in stunning locations.

“'Red Rock Serenade' is a treasure trove of footage that has been gathered painstakingly over the last 10 years, and transports viewers to secret, hard-to-reach locations, as well as to the grand vistas that define the West,” says co-producer Carol Dalrymple. “It’s meant to take the viewer on a timeless journey.”

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