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Classic Arts Showcase
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Launched May 1994
Owned by Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation
Country United States
Headquarters Burbank, California
Dish Network 9406
Galaxy 15 at 133.0°W Transponder 5 Horizontal NTSC / Audio 6.20:6.80
Available on many cable systems Check CAS website for cable channels [1]

Classic Arts Showcase is a television channel in the United States promoting the fine arts. The content includes prepared media and recorded live performances. It is a 24-hour noncommercial satellite channel broadcasting a mix of various classic arts including animation, architectural art, ballet, chamber,choral music, dance, folk art, museum art, musical theater, opera, orchestral, recital, solo instrumental, solo vocal, and theatrical performances, as well as classic film and archival documentaries.

Self-described on its own web site as "Classical MTV", the channel features renowned artists, both professional and amateur, as well as many rare and independent performances and videos. An 8-hour mix of video clips is prepared weekly and broadcast repeatedly three times daily. Text displayed on the screen provides details about the recording, and encourages viewers to gain inspiration and “...go out and feast from the buffet of arts available in your community.”

CAS was founded in 1994 and is completely and totally funded by the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. It does not solicit any outside funding. Lloyd Rigler died in 2003, but left at least twenty years of funding to the channel. CAS is offered free to any broadcaster, cable system, or PEG channel (Public, Education, and Governmental) that requests a feed. CAS is shown on more than 500 channels in the United States, as well as some in Canada. CAS does not publish information about channels in other countries. CAS is broadcast from the Galaxy 15 satellite located at 133° west, which makes it visible to all of North America and South America.



Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart has commented that “many of the selections are beyond the familiar - Pavarotti singing the "Ave Maria," I Musici belting out a "Four Seasons" suite - ... but there are no annoying commercials or announcers to disrupt the relaxing ambiance on this TV channel.” He furthered that “Classical-music lovers will find it hard not to get roped in by the mix of ballet, operatic singing and instrumental pieces, most of them culled from old film stock or European music videos.”[2]

American Art critic Alan Klevit, in a chapter of his book The Art Beat, praises the programming available on Classic Arts Showcase, and, having the television channel in mind, explains that his "favorite show is not a show", but is, in fact, "a montage of videos spanning the arts". Klevit quips that CAS is "habit-forming", and confides that he is often "unwilling to turn the set off, for fear of missing a Buster Keaton vignette, or perhaps Lillian Gish, or Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik, or some other classic [he] will treasure."[3]

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Further reading


  1. ^ Classic Arts Showcase channel locations
  2. ^ Aaron Barnhart (1998-01-03). "Classic Arts Showcase provides a midwinter cable treat". TV Barn. Retrieved 2007-10-10.  
  3. ^ Alan Klevit (April 2003). "Classical MTV in Your Home Town". The Art Beat. Llumina Press. pp. 117–119. ISBN 978-1932303391.  

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