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Yellowstone Symphony

Airs Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11 p.m. & Friday, June 7 at 11 p.m. & Monday, June 10 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Credit: Courtesy of John Howe

Above: Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

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A Spectacular Visual Journey Through America’s First National Park Set to Classical Music

From the ethereal wonders at Mammoth Hot Springs to the grandeur of Tower Fall to its extraordinary wildlife, “Yellowstone Symphony” takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through America's first national park.

Set to classical music from some of the world’s best composers, the park’s magnificent scenery and wildlife are showcased as they change through the seasons.

The stunning cinematography offers viewers a tourist-free look at the plentiful wildlife — elk, moose, grizzly bears, wolves and bison (recently named “America’s National Animal”) — and other inhabitants of Yellowstone National Park.

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"Yellowstone Symphony" features world class images with world-class music without narration. The music includes some of the world’s best loved classical composers from Mozart to Vivaldi. Time-lapse, underwater, slow motion, and aerial photography are featured in a four season portrait of one of the world’s most loved national parks.

Sometimes called “the Serengeti of the West,” Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, beginning America’s long love affair with these landmarks.

Photo credit: Courtesy of John Howe

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States.

Yellowstone’s thermal features and geyser basins — including the iconic “Old Faithful” and other marvels — are famed worldwide and attract visitors from every continent.

Photo credit: Courtesy of John Howe

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, one of the natural wonders captured in "Yellowstone Symphony."

This lyrical film, without narration, skillfully blends imagery with the music of Smetana, Vivaldi, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and others.

Time-lapse, underwater, slow motion and aerial photography are featured in this portrait of one of the world’s best-loved places.

Shot in 4K and high definition television, "Yellowstone Symphony" features a dynamic 5.1 Surround score.

Photo credit: Courtesy of John Howe

Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin, one of the natural wonders captured in "Yellowstone Symphony."

Songs featured in the program include:

  • “The Moldau” – Bedřich Smetana
  • “The Four Seasons” – Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Ride of the Valkyries” – Richard Wagner
  • “Hebrides Overture” – Felix Mendelssohn
  • “Rosamunde Overture” – Franz Schubert
  • “Siegfried Idyll” – Richard Wagner
  • “Für Elise” – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Lacrimosa” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “Lullaby” – Johannes Brahms
  • “Lyric Pieces” – Edvard Grieg
  • “Dance of the Mirlitons” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
  • “Hall of the Mountain King” – Edvard Grieg
  • “Canon in D Major” – Johann Pachelbel
  • “Arabesque No. 1” – Claude Debussy
  • “Two Melodies Op. 53” – Edvard Grieg
  • “Dance of the Swans” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
  • “Adagietto” – Gustav Mahler
  • Symphony No. 9, “Largo” – Antonin Dvořák
  • “March of the Nutcracker” – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky


Produced and directed by John Howe. KUED-TV


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