These are just the most recent examples.
Why I love PBS, among other many reasons, is that it introduces me to music and musicians that I would otherwise never have heard of. In regards to #1 — I caught it already thirty minutes into the show, and yet the music and acting was so compelling that I watched it all the way through and promptly put it on my Netflix cue that same night. I’ve since seen it twice — TODAY. Here’s an example of why:
As for #2 — I”ve never been much of an opera fan, but I’m a great admirer of strong, beautiful voices (a holdover from my school and church choir days). And so a documentary about eleven potential operatic superstars, nervously trying to break into the rarefied air of Big Name Opera, was something that I wanted to see (and am glad that I did). Here’s a snippet:
Between PBS and the Internet, who needs cable? 🙂