Our first guest is Antonello (Tony) Punturieri, M.D., Ph.D.,
Program Director, Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He will discuss COPD – what it is, who’s at risk and how diagnosis and treatment can improve one’s quality of life. For more information on COPD and resources, visit NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breather Better® website, www.COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov
Our next guest is Renowned Actor Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey”on Masterpiece Theatre. Mr. Bonneville and Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster will star as guest narrator and musical artist respectively, in the beloved annual holiday television special “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” on PBS and BYU TV. “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” is a storied tradition that dates back decades. Foster and Bonneville join a rich roster of guests that has traveled to Salt Lake City over the years to star in the phenomenon. Gladys Knight, Angela Lansbury, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Natalie Cole, David Archuleta, Deborah Voigt, Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Rolando Villazón, among others, have performed as musical guest artists. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”), legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite and the Muppets® from “Sesame Street” have served as narrators. This is the 15th consecutive year a 60-minute version of the programs will air on PBS stations. The annual program is a culmination of over 170 years of musical excellence by the iconic Choir. Founded in August 1847 by a small group of frontier settlers just 29 days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, the Choir has evolved into a world-recognized, Grammy award-winning musical organization that is unparalleled in its size, history, reach and versatility. The special has been the top-viewed holiday program on PBS nearly every year for the past 14 years. BYU TV, a nationwide family entertainment network that produces the broadcast and co-presents it to millions of viewers worldwide alongside WGBH will air the full 90-minute version at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Our last guest is Chuck Gorman,Vice President, Entertainment and Electronics of Barnes & Noble. He launched and is responsible for the Music and DVD departments in all Barnes & Noble stores. Mr. Gorman has more than 15 years of experience working in merchandising for the music industry. From 1990 until 1992, he worked as a merchant for Trans World Entertainment Corp. Previously, he worked at a regional music chain in a variety of operational and merchandising positions. He began his career in the music business working as a freelance musician in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Mr. Gorman graduated with a BA from the Cleveland Institute of Music. For more information go to https://www.barnesandnoble.com/