Great Performances, the longest-running performing arts anthology on television, continues to feature the best in the performing arts.
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01:56:46 | #4412 | TV-14
Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko's greatest challenge: creating the murals for New York's iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Stars Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch as Rothko's assistant.
02:56:46 | #4411 | TV-PG
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance."
02:26:46 | #4410 | TV-PG
Tap dance along to this musical extravaganza about a starry-eyed performer who gets her big break on Broadway, set to a lively score of iconic songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," and the show-stopping title song.
01:56:46 | #4409 | TV-PG
Enjoy a star-studded awards concert for Recording Academy honorees with performances by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Garth Brooks, Snoop Dogg, Patti Austin, Sheila E, Sam Moore, Julio Iglesias, and more.
56:46 | #4408 | TV-PG
Discover how Handel's experience in Italy with fellow composers Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and Corelli influenced his career. Host Scott Yoo traces Handel's footsteps to understand how he embraced the country's artistic and cultural traditions.
56:46 | #4407 | TV-G
Journey to Spain and Morocco with host Scott Yoo to discover how composer Scarlatti melded aspects of Vivaldi's and Bach's work with music and dance of the region.
56:46 | #4406 | TV-PG
Travel to Germany and France to explore Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Maestro Scott Yoo and his wife, leading flutist Alice Dade, discover a melodic similarity with Vivaldi and a riddle hidden in Bach's portrait.
56:46 | #4405 | TV-PG
Explore northern Italy with Maestro Scott Yoo and discover how Vivaldi's classical masterwork "The Four Seasons" merged religious melodies, opera, and virtuosic violin playing to create a new era of music.
01:26:46 | #4404 | TV-G
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert from Schonbrunn Palace with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang performing pieces including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
01:56:46 | #4314 | TV-14
Experience Shakespeare as never before in an all-female production from the Donmar Warehouse set in a prison.
01:26:46 | #4112 | TV-PG
Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s. This performance-documentary showcases her greatest roles, including Elektra and The Ring Cycle, plus interviews with Placido Domingo and more.
51:25 | #4403 | TV-G
A celebration of Andrea Bocelli's 60th Birthday in Italy features songs from Bocelli's new CD, Si, performed in the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere. Special guests include Josh Groban and Andrea's son Matteo, who joins his father for a performance of the duet "Fall on Me."
01:56:46 | #4402 | TV-PG
Filmmakers and actors receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards. The awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grown-up state of mind.
02:26:46 | #4114 | TV-14
In this opera based on John Patrick Shanley's play and film, suspicion ignites a battle of wills at a Catholic school in the Bronx, circa 1964.
01:56:46 | #4313 | TV-PG
Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck's enduringly popular opera based on the famous Greek myth. From Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. Starring Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman, and Lauren Snouffer.
01:26:46 | #4312 | TV-G
Celebrate the orchestra's centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Most, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strass, and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors.
01:26:47 | #4401 | TV-G
Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein. Hosted by Hugh Bonneville and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.
02:26:46 | #4310 | TV-G
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and guest artists Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson, and others celebrate Leonard Bernstein in this concert at Tanglewood. Audra McDonald hosts.
01:28:59 | #4311 | TV-G
Michael Buble presents a front row seat to his sold out To Be Loved Tour, which concluded in 2015 and was seen globally by over two million fans. Filmed for the big screen, Tour Stop 148 showcases thrilling live performances of many of the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter's biggest hits, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet."
01:26:46 | #4212 | TV-PG
Celebrate the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince, winner of a record 21 Tony Awards. His six decades in the theater form a bridge from the "Golden Age" of Broadway's mid-century to the contemporary theater of today.
56:46 | #4309 | TV-14
Follow John Leguizamo's path to Broadway with his latest theatrical showcase, Latin History for Morons, a comedic yet pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history.
01:56:46 | #4308 | TV-PG
Enjoy this new production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony for 1959. The Sound of Music is the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers' escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism.
02:26:46 | #4307 | TV-PG
Relive the magic of George Gershwin's 1928 composition "An American in Paris," which he described as an extended symphonic tone poem. This new Broadway production was recorded in 2017 in London with original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.
01:56:46 | #4306 | TV-PG
This all-star concert honors Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, film composer John Williams, New Orleans funk band The Meters, and other recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Trustee, and Music Educator awards.
56:46 | #4305 | TV-G
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and soprano Anna Netrebko.
56:46 | #4304 | TV-G
Celebrate Chicago's vibrant music culture with performances by Renee Fleming, Broadway's Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams, and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polezani.
56:46 | #4211 | TV-PG
Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration, and visuals. Conducted by Carl St. Clair with readings by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, and Michael Nouri.
01:56:46 | #4210 | TV-G
Explore the rich history of the Met Opera's Lincoln Center home and the cultural life of 1950s-60s New York City. Features famed soprano Leontyne Price, the Met's general manager Rudolf Bing, city planner Robert Moses, and architect Wallace Harrison.
01:56:46 | #4302 | TV-PG
Iconic actress Helen Mirren receives the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. The AARP Movie for Grownup Awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and to recognize its artists.
56:46 | #4303 | TV-PG
The groundbreaking hip-hop artist performs a symphonic rendition of his debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a densely textured lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.
01:26:46 | #4301 | TV-G
Ring in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic, at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of conductor Riccardo Muti and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Hugh Bonneville hosts.
01:56:52 | #4110 | TV-G
The concert captures the historic group in performance in Toronto during their 2017 world tour, where they played the Days of Future Passed album in its entirety. Songs included such top hits as "Tuesday Afternoon," "Nights in White Satin," and many others.
02:26:46 | #4209 | TV-PG
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy, and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.
01:56:47 | #4208 | TV-M
A new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman is set at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America. The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom, and truth were on trial.
02:26:46 | #4207 | TV-PG
Academy Award- and Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline stars as a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis in this Noel Coward outrageously irresistible backstage comedy.
02:26:46 | #4109 | TV-G
Enjoy Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don't realize they're romantic pen pals. Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, and Gavin Creel star.
01:56:46 | #4206 | TV-PG
Salute Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Velvet Underground and more, with Dionne Warwick, Andra Day, Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, and Vernon Reid.
56:46 | #4205 | TV-PG
Take a musical journey to today's Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration. This performance-documentary also features evocative performance segments hosted by the Grammy-winning Raul Malo of The Mavericks.
01:26:46 | #4204 | TV-G
The open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace features guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renee Fleming.
01:26:46 | #4203 | TV-PG
A dramatic dance film shot on location in Northern France about soldiers trying to maintain their humanity amidst the brutality of World War I.
01:26:46 | #4202 | TV-G
Join LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl as he leads the orchestra in an evening of Latin music, including works by Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, and Lalo Schifrin.
56:46 | #4108 | TV-G
Enjoy two classic ballets by George Balanchine: Georges Bizet's sparkling Symphony in C, and the rarely seen Sonatine to the music of Maurice Ravel, in performance in Paris.
56:46 | #4107 | TV-G
New York City Ballet performs an all-Balanchine program of dazzling ballet masterpieces in Paris.
02:56:46 | #4106 | TV-PG
Soprano Danielle de Niese stars in an operatic adaptation of Ann Patchett's best-selling novel inspired by a true-life hostage crisis in the 1990s in Lima, Peru.
01:26:46 | #4201 | TV-G
Julie Andrews hosts the traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Strauss Family waltzes and more.
02:26:46 | #4011 | TV-14
In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard's path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and Phoebe Fox star.
02:26:46 | #4105 | TV-14
Bitter rivalries erupt. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown. Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo, and Keeley Hawes star.
01:56:46 | #4104 | TV-14
England is in crisis. War rages and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou. Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo, and Hugh Bonneville star.
01:27:50 | #3917 | TV-G
Celebrate Joan Baez' birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon.
02:26:46 | #4010 | TV-PG
The all-star concert salutes The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage, and more.
56:46 | #4103 | TV-G
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. The mostly French program includes works by Bizet, Poulenc, Ravel, Offenbach and Johann Strauss II.
01:26:46 | #4102 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews hosts.
01:58:19 | #3916 | TV-G
Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, famed tenor Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a concert of beloved songs from blockbuster movies including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and many more.
50:21 | #4009 | TV-PG
Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and others, Rivera was also a frequent guest star during the golden age of television variety specials.
02:56:46 | #3915 | TV-14
A performance of Elton John's Tony-winning musical from London's West End about a young boy in a North East England mining community and his journey from the boxing ring to the ballet barre.
01:26:46 | #4008 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert from the gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.
01:26:46 | #4101 | TV-G
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration features noted John Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler's List. Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs.
01:26:46 | #4007 | TV-PG
An unlikely friendship evolves between a well-to-do Jewish matron and her African-American chauffeur. Angela Landsbury and James Earl Jones star.
01:56:46 | #4006 | TV-G
The start of Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons' tenure features Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
56:46 | #3914 | TV-PG
Music superstar Annie Lennox pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. She performs songs from her album, Nostalgia, including "Summertime," "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child," and more.
01:56:46 | #4005 | TV-PG
Set to Handel's baroque classic, Morris' thrilling masterwork features a colorful array of dancers moving in fervent joy. The concert-length dance features the Mark Morris Dance Group accompanied live by the Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus.
01:26:46 | #3913 | TV-PG
Featuring Josh Groban, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Bell, the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert present music from Italian cinema including 81/2, Amarcord, Once Upon a Time in the West, Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino and more.
01:26:46 | #3817 | TV-G
Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, this program brings together vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists to celebrate the artistry, technique and challenges of professional singing.
01:26:46 | #4004 | TV-G
Julie Andrews hosts an evening of Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the Vienna State Ballet.
01:59:00 | #3912 | TV-G
Unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of Great Performances at The Met include performances by Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and other great opera stars and talents.
01:56:46 | #4003 | TV-PG
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, one of musical theater's biggest blockbusters, returns to for an encore presentation.
56:46 | #3910 | TV-PG
The legendary singer and pop diva perform swinging selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.
01:56:46 | #4002 | TV-G
A star-studded line-up of entertainers celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. The program also includes ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry, historical highlights, and a dramatic fireworks display.
56:46 | #3816 | TV-G
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot perform liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements.
01:24:37 | #3814 | TV-G
Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs join forces to form their own new super group The Dukes of September.
01:26:46 | #3909 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic performs in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace.
01:56:46 | #4001 | TV-G
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi's towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.
01:56:46 | #3908 | TV-PG
Choreographer Matthew Bourne presents a highly theatrical production of the timeless fairy tale.
01:59:12 | #3907 | TV-G
A star-studded concert tribute to the American music icon features Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and more.
01:58:46 | #3815 | TV-G
Comedy legend Steve Martin showcases his bluegrass banjo playing with vocalist Edie Brickell, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers.
01:26:46 | #3906 | TV-PG
Sting performs music from the new musical The Last Ship, the story of the demise of the ship building industry in 1980s Newcastle.
01:56:46 | #3905 | TV-14
The Royal National Theatre in London celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special gala performance.
01:26:46 | #3904 | TV-14
Stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film, John Barrymore. This film adaptation of William Luce's 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore's life.
01:26:46 | #3903 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic perform Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet to ring in the New Year. Julie Andrews hosts.
01:27:08 | #3813 | TV-G
The 50th anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti's career debut is celebrated with beloved arias; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini; favorite sacred songs; and popular duets with Bono, Sting, and Eric Clapton.
01:27:54 | #3812
Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar's first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs.
02:56:46 | #3902 | TV-PG
London's National Theatre's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical stars Hugh Jackman as Curly.
02:26:46 | #3811 | TV-PG
Neil Patrick Harris stars as Bobby in legendary composer Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking musical, Company.
02:26:46 | #3810 | TV-PG
Jay Hunter Morris stars as obsessive Captain Ahab in this acclaimed adaptation of the classic novel.
01:26:46 | #3714 | TV-PG
An all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center features Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Michael Buble, and other guests.
02:26:46 | #3809 | TV-14
Henry V settles onto the throne. The French Ambassador brings a challenge from the French Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers, including Exeter and York, Henry swears that he will answer this challenge. Jeremie Covillault, Anton Lesser, Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, and more star.
02:26:46 | #3616 | TV-14
Northumberland learns of the death of his son. Falstaff is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress. Rebel forces are overcome and Prince Hal becomes King Henry V.
02:26:46 | #3615 | TV-14
Prince Hal, the heir to the throne, joins his father King Henry to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur, Hal's rival. The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters, Joe Armstrong, and more.
02:56:46 | #3614 | TV-14
The foolish, young King Richard initiates his downfall by banishing his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray from the realm as a resolution to their feud. The cast includes Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear, James Purefoy, David Morrissey, and more.
01:26:46 | #3808 | TV-G
Led by guest conductor Lorin Maazel, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual open-air concert, this year saluting "Wagner & Verdi," in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace.
56:46 | #3901 | TV-PG
Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the story of Jacob's Pillow as an international dance center is interwoven throughout this performance documentary with footage and images from the Pillow's rare and extensive archives.
56:46 | #3802 | TV-PG
Dance pioneer Paul Taylor's enduring masterworks Brandenburgs, set to the music of Bach, and Beloved Renegade, set to the music of Francis Poulenc, are performed.
01:57:06 | #3713 | TV-G
International superstar Andrea Bocelli performs classical favorites, pop standards, and Brazilian jazz from Portofino, Italy. David Foster is music director and trumpeter Chris Botti performs a select collection of the world's most famous love songs.
01:56:45 | #3807 | TV-PG
Paul Simon reunites with musicians in South Africa and reflects on his acclaimed 1986 album Graceland, regarded as one of the most significant recordings of its time.
01:26:45 | #3806 | TV-PG
Filmmaker Michael Kantor combines performance footage and interviews to highlight why Broadway is such fertile territory for Jewish artists.
01:26:46 | #3805 | TV-G
Ring in the New Year with host Julie Andrews and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Franz Welser-Most.
56:45 | #3804 | TV-PG
The 1967 film is a showcase for six classic tracks including "I Am the Walrus," "The Fool on the Hill," and "Your Mother Should Know" and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves. On the coach, they're joined for a series of episodic misadventures by a cast of eccentric characters.
56:45 | #3803 | TV-PG
Chronicles the behind-the-scenes story on the making of the film and provides context for "the summer of love" era that set the scene for its production.
01:29:00 | #3712 | TV-G
The legendary rocker performs classic songs from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Auld Lang Syne," and duets with Michael Buble, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, and Ella Fitzgerald.
01:27:00 | #3711 | TV-G
The little girl with a big voice returns with a new special showcasing the great songs from the silver screen. Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie puts her own unique stamp on such audience favorites as "My Heart Will Go On," "Some Enchanted Evening," and many more.
56:46 | #3801 | TV-G
The iconic musician performs songs from his latest venture, Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards beloved by McCartney since childhood, along with two of his own new songs, "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts."
01:26:46 | #3709 | TV-G
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. The Vienna Ballet and the orchestra celebrate dance in music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Richard Strauss.
01:26:46 | #3710 | TV-14
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, Anna Deavere Smith stars in a one-woman/multi-voiced production about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the LA riots on America's conscience.
01:56:46 | #3708 | TV-G
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and more perform in the scenic Berkshires region for Tanglewood's 75th anniversary. The program includes works by Tanglewood legends including Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. The venue is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a wide variety of popular music concerts and performing arts events.
01:56:46 | #3707 | TV-G
A centennial gala concert hosted by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, featuring Michael Tilson Thomas along with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn, and Britten.
01:56:46 | #3706 | TV-PG
Explores the American Yiddish theater though the lives of Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky, the grandparents of San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
03:29:43 | #3613 | TV-PG
This lavish production celebrates the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece. Starring Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, Sierra Boggess as his protege Christine Daae, and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, the romantic trio is backed by a complete cast and orchestra of more than 200, as well as surprise special guest appearances.
02:26:46 | #3612 | TV-PG
The story of a white DJ in the 1950s whose love of music transcends racial lines and airwaves. His romantic interest is a young black singer whose career is on the rise, but who can't make the break out of segregated clubs on her own. When the two collaborate, her soulful sound reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the golden era of early rock & roll takes flight. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical.
01:55:54 | #3705 | TV-G
Tony Bennett's second duets album includes Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, among others, and features the final Amy Winehouse performance before her untimely death.
01:56:46 | #3611 | TV-14
In this theatrical exploration, Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing, Nurse Jackie) interviews an eclectic range of people, and then performs as the interviewee in their own words.
56:46 | #3704 | TV-G
The concert's all-Gershwin repertoire includes "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue," and a solo performance of "Someone to Watch Over Me," spotlighting the virtuoso jazz piano of special guest Herbie Hancock.
01:26:46 | #3703 | TV-G
Legendary star Julie Andrews returns as host of the festive annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of guest conductor Mariss Jansons, at Vienna's Musikverein.
58:17 | #3607 | TV-G
This special marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice. Featured songs include Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" and Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro. " Hitmaker David Foster serves as co-host and music director of the concert.
56:46 | #3702 | TV-PG
The versatile British actor and star of House showcases his musical side in New Orleans. The program features his performances with blues legends Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas, as well as another fellow countryman similarly inspired by this uniquely American music, Sir Tom Jones.
01:58:59 | #3609
The celebrated tenor looks back on his illustrious career - one which has been bountifully preserved on film and video.
01:36:12 | #3610 | TV-G
The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in honor of the victims of September 11, 2001, in a free concert for the people of New York. Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts with soprano Dorothea Roschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists.
01:26:46 | #3608 | TV-G
Led by guest conductor Valery Gergiev, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic presents an open-air concert in the gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace.
02:26:46 | #3701 | TV-PG
Filmed in Mantua, Italy, this production of "Rigoletto" stars Placido Domingo in the title role, Julia Novikova as Gilda, and Vittorio Grigolo as The Duke. Zubin Mehta conducts.
01:57:46 | #3515 | TV-PG
Grammy Award-winning guitar superstar Eric Clapton has re-teamed with fellow "guitar gods" for a third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago: America's Blues Capital. Shining a spotlight on the wide variety of guitar virtuosity, the gathering further expands the diverse range of musicianship in many musical genres, featuring performances by Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Johnny Lang, John Mayer, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood, and more. Bill Murray hosts.
01:26:46 | #3606 | TV-G
Carnegie Hall commemorates its 120th anniversary with an all-star gala concert featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Audra McDonald perform a variety of music, from Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" and songs by Duke Ellington, to the complete performance of Gerswhin's "An American in Paris."
01:27:43 | #3514 | TV-PG
Shortly before the demolition of New York City's Shea Stadium in July 2008, superstar Billy Joel performed two farewell concerts at the historic arena. Joel's special guests are Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, and Sir Paul McCartney.
01:59:00 | #3605 | TV-G
Maestro to the stars David Foster, who has collaborated with some of the greatest superstars in music, returns with several of his favorite artists for a magnificent night of music.
01:26:46 | #3604 | TV-G
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a roster of favorite songs, performed in his trademark New Orleans style.
01:26:46 | #3603 | TV-G
The 27th annual New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns with Franz Welser-Most leading a festive selection of Strauss Family favorites as host to welcome the New Year.
01:56:46 | #3602 | TV-G
Opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel featuring renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes hosts.
01:56:46 | #3513 | TV-PG
On the occasion of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday in March 2010, this program presents the New York Philharmonic's gala all-star salute to a true Broadway legend. David Hyde Pierce hosts.
01:26:46 | #3601 | TV-G
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez leads the Windy City's internationally renowned orchestra in Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 7."
02:56:46 | #3415 | TV-14
Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.
01:26:46 | #3512 | TV-G
Reigning American soprano Renée Fleming travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a special visit with her friend and frequent co-star, Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
56:46 | #3511 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic, with guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst, continues its summertime tradition with another open-air concert held in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace.
02:56:46 | #3510 | TV-G
For his 38th film, master documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns his unblinking eye on one of the world's leading ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet.
03:26:46 | #3509 | TV-PG
Classical stage and screen actors Sir Patrick Stewart, in his Laurence Olivier Award-winning turn as Claudius, and David Tennant, as the titular Dane, reprise their roles in this television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of Hamlet.
56:46 | #3508 | TV-G
A new production of choreographer Jerome Robbins' 1958 "ballet in sneakers," NY Export: Opus Jazz , filmed in the five boroughs of New York City.
02:26:46 | #3414 | TV-M
Spike Lee's exuberant, frequently hilarious, and ultimately moving story of a young African-American man on a journey of escape, exploration, and self-discovery.
01:18:54 | #3411 | TV-G
Eric Clapton and his longtime friend Steve Winwood reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, their first concert together since their days in the supergroup Blind Faith.
01:26:46 | #3507 | TV-G
The annual New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, led by Georges Prêtre, in Vienna's Musikverein. Julie Andrews hosts.
01:23:37 | #3410 | TV-G
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, this program presents the legendary Stevie Wonder in a tour-de-force concert performance at London's O2 Arena.
01:56:46 | #3506 | TV-PG
Sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and dashing Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón sing the doomed lovers Mimi and Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini's enduring 1896 blockbuster.
01:55:18 | #3505 | TV-G
David Foster joins superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of seasonal favorites, with special guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and the Muppets, and a visit with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
01:54:33 | #3501 | TV-G
Pete Seeger, legendary folk artist and pioneer of protest music, turned 90 in May 2009. Joining him for a concert event at Madison Square Garden to celebrate are Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Dave Matthews, Roger McGuinn, John Mellencamp, Peggy Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and many others who perform songs inspired by his music and activism.
56:46 | #3504 | TV-G
Superstar Sting welcomes the holidays with an atmospheric musical celebration of wintertime.
01:56:46 | #3503 | TV-G
Join the opening night festivities for Gustavo Dudamel's inaugural gala concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
01:26:46 | #3413 | TV-G
Daniel Barenboim leads the renowned Vienna Philharmonic in works inspired by the night, presented in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace.
01:26:46 | #3502 | TV-G
Chronicles the career of a true giant of classical music, conductor Herbert von Karajan, on the occasion of his centenary.
01:26:46 | #3412 | TV-PG
A picture of the African-American expatriate community of musicians, entertainers, and entrepreneurs in Paris between the First and Second World Wars.
02:26:46 | #3315 | TV-PG
Wicked's Idina Menzel, Rent's Adam Pascal, and Josh Groban perform in a spectacular London concert revival of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' 1986 cult musical, Chess.
56:46 | #3409 | TV-PG
Follows the cast and creative team of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights as they embark on the production of an original musical.
02:56:46 | #3314 | TV-PG
Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare's tragic titular monarch in one the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.
02:26:46 | #3407 | TV-G
Renée Fleming, one of the world's leading sopranos, headlines the opening night gala of the Met's 125th anniversary season, featuring fully staged excerpts from three of her favorite operas.
56:41 | #3408 | TV-PG
More than two decades after the break-up and over thirty years since the initial release of "Roxanne," Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland - better known as The Police - teamed up one last time in 2007 to launch the band's farewell tour. This program captures the band in concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
02:26:46 | #3313 | TV-PG
Kevin Kline embodies Edmond Rostand's proboscisly challenged 17th-century warrior-poet Cyrano de Bergerac in Broadway's sold-out, limited-engagement, which also starred Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata.
01:26:46 | #3406 | TV-G
The 25th annual New Year's Day celebration from Vienna's stately Musikverein. Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a rousing program of Strauss Family favorites.
01:56:46 | #3405 | TV-G
San Francisco Ballet's production of the beloved Nutcracker, reset during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition, introduces the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi hosts.
01:58:19 | #3404 | TV-G
Some of the biggest names in contemporary music gather for a one-night-only concert to celebrate the legendary songwriter, producer, and maestro to the stars. Artists include Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Boz Skaggs, Kenny G, Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Michael Johns, Blake Shelton, Cheryl Lynn, Charice, and Katharine McPhee, along with a special performance by Celine Dion and long-distance best wishes from Barbra Streisand and others.
01:26:46 | #3402 | TV-PG
Features the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, in an all-Bernstein program with Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Christine Ebersole.
01:58:42 | #3401 | TV-G
A performance documentary celebrating tenor Luciano Pavarotti's legendary career, using the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. Classic Pavarotti performances are interwoven with new and archival interviews with many of the opera star's friends and colleagues.
01:56:46 | #3311 | TV-G
On a historic trip to North Korea, Lorin Maazel leads the New York Philharmonic in performances of the national anthems of North Korea and the United States and music by Dvorák, Gershwin, and Wagner. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff provides behind-the-scenes coverage from Pyongyang.
56:42 | #3312 | TV-G
An exclusive look at conductor Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and principal conductor of the London Symphony.
01:26:46 | #3310 | TV-PG
Sir Antony Sher stars in his one-man play based on the Holocaust memoir of Primo Levi, an Italian chemist interned at Auschwitz in the final year of World War II.
01:26:40 | #3309 | TV-G
New works by top American choreographers and musicians, commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts for its "Face of America" project, celebrate both art and nature by sending dancers to perform on natural "stages" at national parks. Locations include Mammoth Cave, Yosemite, Coral Reef National Monument, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the Virgin Islands, and a Hawaiian volcano.
52:55 | #3308 | TV-PG
Conceived and directed by animator Suzie Templeton, this Academy Award-winning adaptation of Prokofiev's beloved musical tale brings the story to life with stop-frame model animation, puppets, and digital photography.
01:23:55 | #3306 | TV-G
Captures McBride in peak form in a concert featuring selections from throughout her career, including the crossover hit "This One's for the Girls" and songs from Waking Up Laughing.
01:25:21 | #3307 | TV-G
Singer/songwriter James Taylor performs his greatest hits in concert, interspersing personal anecdotes, reflections, home movies, and photographs from his personal archives.
02:17:27 | #3303 | TV-PG
Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking musical comes to television. Centering on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (who also happen to be five couples), Company culminates in Bobby's transformation from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist.
01:56:46 | #3305 | TV-G
Highlights from Carnegie Hall's two-week "Berlin in Lights" festival, including the centerpiece performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 by the celebrated Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle.
01:26:46 | #3304 | TV-G
From the stately splendor of Vienna's Musikverein, Georges Prêtre leads the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of buoyant Strauss family waltzes. Walter Cronkite hosts.
02:26:45 | #3216 | TV-14
Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Anthony Dean Griffey star in composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht's great 20th-century opera.
01:56:46 | #3215 | TV-G
Marking the 30th anniversary of the Met's first PBS telecast, opera singer Renée Fleming hosts this special countdown of the Met's greatest moments as determined by the viewers.
01:56:46 | #3302 | TV-G
Superstar Andrea Bocelli returns to his native Italy for a concert of his greatest hits, along with the debut of new songs.
01:56:40 | #3301 | TV-PG
Eric Clapton leads an all-star lineup including B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration from America's blues capital, Chicago.
01:56:46 | #3214 | TV-G
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's founding, a gala concert paying tribute to the social significance and musical pedigree of this esteemed organization is held in Tel Aviv.
01:26:40 | #3212 | TV-PG
Recently recorded interviews with friends as well as archival footage, some never before seen in the West, trace ballet star Rudolf Nureyev's meteoric rise and reveal why he felt compelled to defect from Russia.
01:56:01 | #3211 | TV-PG
Founded by a conservative white bank teller who played country fiddle, Stax Records became the preeminent soul music label of the 1960s and early '70s. Artists included Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the MGs, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes.
56:46 | #3210 | TV-G
Extended performances of the historic dance pieces excerpted in the earlier Dancing in the Light special spotlight the pioneering work of choreographers Asadata Dafora, Katherine Dunham, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Pearl Primus, and Bill T. Jones. Actor Taye Diggs hosts.
01:26:40 | #3116 | TV-G
Natalie Cole, k.d. lang, Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Quincy Jones, Ruben Studdard, and other stars salute Ella Fitzgerald, the "First Lady of Song," on what would have been her 90th birthday (April 25, 2007).
01:57:16 | #3209 | TV-G
Legendary pianist, conductor, and recording artist Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven sonatas at Berlin's Staatsoper.
01:58:15 | #3204 | TV-PG
The "Killer" performs his greatest hits and is joined for duets by Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Wood, Tom Jones, Chris Isaak, Don Henley, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Merle Haggard, and Kid Rock.
56:31 | #3207 | TV-G
Grammy Award winner Sting revisits the music of 16th-century English composer and court musician John Dowland.
01:26:46 | #3206 | TV-G
The 23rd annual broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Day celebration, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Zubin Mehta leads the orchestra in a selection of buoyant Strauss family waltzes, including the "Dynamiden" and the "Blue Danube."
02:56:46 | #3205 | TV-PG
In a live performance from Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, Keillor and his series regulars bid farewell to 2006 with the help of some surprise special guests.
01:26:41 | #3203 | TV-G
James Taylor, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares program Person of the Year, is recognized for his long-lasting musical achievements and philanthropic commitment to the arts. Music colleagues performing Taylor's songs include Sting, Keith Urban, India.Arie, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and Bruce Springsteen.
01:26:46 | #3202 | TV-PG
Traces Beverly Sills' career through excerpts from some of her most acclaimed performances, including leading roles in La Traviata, The Daughter of the Regiment, and The Barber of Seville.
01:26:46 | #3201 | TV-G
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea Röschmann.
01:26:42 | #3114 | TV-G
Young opera stars salute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday with performances of some of his most memorable music, including selections from Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and other classic works.
01:56:46 | #3113 | TV-G
The Vienna State Opera had been a legendary home to classical music giants for nearly a century when it was bombed almost to destruction in the closing days of World War II. But it opened once again on November 5, 1955 and has since played host to some of the world's most esteemed musicians. In November 2005, an international collection of opera stars gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opera's reopening with a concert of arias selected from the 1955 season.
01:26:46 | #3112 | TV-G
George Balanchine's abstract ballet Jewels, brought to life by the Paris Opera Ballet, illuminates the music of Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky in its three movements: the romantic "Emeralds"; the jazzy, neo-classical "Rubies"; and the classically inspired "Diamonds."
56:46 | #3110 | TV-G
In an intimate performance at St. Luke's in London's East End, rocker Bruce Springsteen performs songs from his album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, a collection of folk standards and spirituals popularized by folk legend Pete Seeger.
01:56:46 | #3109 | TV-G
Garrison Keillor, Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and other cast members from A Prairie Home Companion celebrate Independence Day.
56:46 | #3108 | TV-G
Follows the Alvin Ailey dance troupe during a pivotal period in which the company ventures abroad while also establishing new roots at home.
02:28:49 | #3016 | TV-G
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical South Pacific won a Pulitzer itself and became a landmark of post-World War II Broadway—a provocative romantic drama that beguiled audiences with a hit parade of instant standards. In June 2005, South Pacific reached new heights when, for one enchanted evening, Carnegie Hall presented a magnificent concert production with a dream cast headed by Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley, Lillias White, and Alec Baldwin. The performance was directed for the concert stage by Walter Bobbie, with musical director Paul Gemignani conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
01:58:00 | #3107 | TV-G
The renowned Italian tenor performs on Lake Las Vegas—from a concert venue that floats in the resort's signature 320-acre lake.
56:46 | #3105 | TV-G
Sir Paul McCartney returns to Studio 2 at London's Abbey Road studios, where most of the Beatles' recordings were made, for an intimate journey through his songwriting history, from his very first Beatles song to his 2006 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Using a selection of vintage instruments from his own collection—including the bass played by Bill Black on Elvis Presley's original recording of "Heartbreak Hotel" and the Mellotron and mixing desk used by the Beatles—he reinterprets old songs, reveals new ones, plays some great cover versions, and enlists the studio audience's help in a demonstration of "in-the-moment" songwriting and arranging.
01:26:46 | #3104 | TV-G
The stately splendor of Vienna's Musikverein hall provides the backdrop for the 22nd annual New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic and host Walter Cronkite. Guest conductor Mariss Jansons leads the orchestra in a selection of buoyant Strauss family waltzes and polkas as well as a 250th-birthday tribute to Mozart.
56:46 | #3103 | TV-PG
A new interpretation by filmmaker Christian Chaudet of Igor Stravinsky's opera, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a Chinese emperor and the beautiful singing of his treasured nightingale. A performance of Stravinsky's vibrant score by Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri, and the orchestra and choir of the Opéra National de Paris, under the direction of James Conlon, is seamlessly interwoven with Chaudet's dazzling visual effects.
01:26:26 | #3015 | TV-G
Canadian singing sensation Michael Bublé performs at L.A.'s famed Wiltern Theatre, accompanied by a soaring 27-piece band. His charming reinterpretations of standards range from a heartfelt version of "Try a Little Tenderness" and a swinging "I've Got You Under My Skin" to a rocking Latin-themed "Sway" and a dancing-in-the-aisles "Save the Last Dance for Me." Italian pop star Laura Pausini adds international glamour to a duet version of "You'll Never Find Another Love."
57:46 | #3102 | TV-G
A reprise of two ground-breaking Barbra Streisand television showcases from the mid-1960s, My Name Is Barbra and Color Me Barbra. Conceptually dazzling, the programs feature innovative locations, including Manhattan's exclusive Bergdorf Goodman department store and the Philadelphia Museum, as well as the electrifying musical magic of the young Streisand. The classic numbers include "Second Hand Rose," "Happy Days Are Here Again," "People," and many more.
01:26:46 | #3014 | TV-G
Though Cream released only four albums, the band left an indelible mark on the worldwide music scene. From 1966 to 1968, Cream dominated the charts with hits like "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Love," and "Badge," displaying a bluesy, masterful approach to the psychedelic rock of the day. On the same stage where they played their farewell concert together in 1968—London's Royal Albert Hall—Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton reunited in 2005 for the first Cream concert in 37 years.
56:30 | #3101 | TV-G
Opera superstar Renée Fleming has consistently wowed critics and audiences alike with her keen musicianship, artistic versatility, and gold-standard voice. In this concert from Germany's Mainz Cathedral, she performs a lush selection of sacred Christmas music, backed by a full orchestra and boys' choir.
56:46 | #3013 | TV-G
Between 1880 and 1924, America would completely reshape Jewish identity, and Jewish popular entertainment would take 20th-century American music on a joy ride to beat the band. Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Benny Goodman, Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Molly Picon, Eddie Cantor, Gene Krupa, Harold Arlen, and Artie Shaw were all among the Lower East Side New York City kids who became cultural pioneers, shaking off their past while cross-pollinating their Yiddish musical heritage with African-American influences. Harvey Fierstein hosts a celebration of the vibrant new music that resulted.
01:56:46 | #3011 | TV-G
American Ballet Theatre presents Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie's visually stunning new production of Swan Lake, the timeless story of a young man's love and eventual betrayal of a swan queen, set to one of Tchaikovsky's most enduring scores. Recorded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the performance stars ABT's newest sensation, Gillian Murphy, as the Swan Queen and the great Angel Corella as her suitor, Prince Siegfried.
01:26:46 | #3010 | TV-PG
The English National Opera conducts a nationwide search to find someone with no operatic experience who can be coached to sing in Verdi's Rigoletto on the stage of the London Coliseum, side by side with world-class performers.
57:33 | #3007 | TV-G
Legendary rocker Rod Stewart performs some of his best-known hits as well as classics from the "Great American songbook" at Royal Albert Hall in London. The gala concert, hosted by Dame Edna, features Stewart accompanied by the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir, and his own back-up singers, with guests Chrissie Hynde and former Faces bandmate Ron Wood.
01:26:46 | #3009 | TV-G
Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman gives new voice to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved children's tale about a star-traveling youngster and the downed pilot he meets in the Sahara Desert. Young baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes stars as the Pilot; 11-year-old Joseph McManners sings the title role; and Mairead Carlin, 15, is the Rose. David Charles Abell leads the BBC Concert Orchestra in a Houston Grand Opera production directed by Francesca Zambello, with sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Maria Bjornson (The Phantom of the Opera).
01:26:46 | #2914 | TV-G
In rare footage drawn from the archives of the Tony Awards, the greatest stars in the history of the American musical theater perform their signature songs. Because the Tony Awards television show is never re-aired, each performance is truly once-in-a-lifetime.
01:54:39 | #3006 | TV-PG
Broadway and operetta join hands as the New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged performance of the satirical, effervescent musical Candide by Leonard Bernstein. The cast, drawn equally from the classical and musical theater worlds, features soprano Kristin Chenoweth as Cunegonde, tenor Paul Groves as Candide, tenor Stanford Olsen as Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski, Patti LuPone as the Old Lady, and Sir Thomas Allen as Pangloss/Martin.
01:26:46 | #3005 | TV-G
Walter Cronkite hosts the 21st annual New Year's Day visit to Vienna. Lorin Maazel conducts the renowned Vienna Philharmonic in a program of Strauss family waltzes from the majestic Musikverein, and international ballet star Vladimir Malakhov joins the Vienna State Opera Ballet in performances from the Belvedere and Coburg palaces. Scenes of the making of Viennese apfelstrudel and a tour of the city's famous woodland accompany Johann Strauss II's Tales from the Vienna Woods.
54:14 | #3004 | TV-G
Actor, playwright, director, choreographer, clown—the remarkable Bill Irwin defies categorization. In the 25 years since he began clowning around with San Francisco's famed Pickle Family Circus, his comic antics and physical feats have been seen in a Lincoln Center production of Waiting for Godot with Robin Williams and Steve Martin; Hollywood blockbusters like Robert Altman's Popeye; and original Broadway productions like Fool Moon, The Regard of Flight, and Largely/New York. This look at Irwin's life, work, and influences features an updated production of Regard; the world premiere of The Harlequin Studies, Irwin's take on the lewd and lazy rogue of commedia dell'arte; and Mr. Fox: A Rumination, the story of the rise and fall of George Fox, America's first celebrity clown.
01:26:46 | #2917 | TV-G
Julie Andrews stars in and hosts a musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale that was aired live on television in 1957—at a time when she was a Broadway newcomer just making a name for herself in My Fair Lady—and not seen since. Cast members Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley, Edie Adams, and Jon Cypher also share fond memories and backstage stories from the landmark show, which includes classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs like "In My Own Little Corner," "Ten Minutes Ago," and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"
01:26:46 | #3003 | TV-G
On the last American stop of his first world concert tour, the pop singing sensation performs at Los Angeles' spectacular outdoor Greek Theatre. Selections include "You Raise Me Up," "My Confession," and other songs from Groban's acclaimed second studio album, Closer.
56:46 | #2916 | TV-G
At 17, Hayley Westenra is already an international singing star, with more than a million copies of her debut release, Pure, sold worldwide. She performs her mix of classical, folk, and Celtic-inspired songs in a concert from Wellington in her native New Zealand.
01:57:16 | #2915 | TV-PG
A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of guitar luminaries performs in the culminating concert from Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the summer of 2004. Joining Clapton are fellow rock legends Carlos Santana, Joe Walsh, and J.J. Cale; bluesmen Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmie Vaughan; and pop, country, and bluegrass stars James Taylor, Vince Gill, Dan Tyminski, and John Mayer. Highlights include renditions of classics like "After Midnight" and "Layla" as well as recent hits like Mayer's "City Love."
01:56:46 | #3002 | TV-G
Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming join the Philadelphia Orchestra and its new music director, Christoph Eschenbach, to inaugurate Carnegie Hall's 114th season. The program features three works by Richard Strauss: Don Juan (Op. 20); Four Last Songs, with Fleming as soloist; and Don Quixote (Op. 35), with cellist Ma.
52:02 | #3001 | TV-G
Traces the influences behind one of popular music's most inspirational figures by exploring the contents of his private record collection. Among the featured songs are Otis Redding's version of "My Girl," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me," the Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream/Do You Believe in Magic," and signature tunes by a wealth of other '60s music icons.
56:46 | #2913 | TV-G
In just a decade, Switzerland's annual Verbier Festival has become one of the premier international musical celebrations, attracting a who's who of world-renowned artists to the Swiss countryside for more than two weeks of classical music performances. In celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary, some of the world's greatest pianists play arrangements of classical favorites for four to 16 hands on one to eight pianos.
01:26:46 | #2912 | TV-G
The Berlin Philharmonic presents a concert opening Greece's Hellenic Festival, a five-month cultural celebration honoring the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens, at the spectacular Herodes Atticus amphitheater. Against a backdrop of ancient Athens, conductor Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin in a concert featuring Johannes Brahms' towering Piano Concerto No. 1, with renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim as soloist. Documentary segments examine modern-day Athens, its connection to the origin of the Olympics, and its role as the birthplace of democracy.
56:46 | #2911 | TV-G
Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a complete performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony from Davies Symphony Hall.
56:46 | #2910 | TV-G
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads a guided tour of one of the towering achievements in classical music, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Exploring each of the symphony's four movements, he provides insight into the powerful and vibrant emotions embodied in the music. Individual members of the San Francisco Symphony explain the challenges and joys of the parts written for their instruments—including the violin, oboe, bassoon, piccolo, bass, and timpani.
56:46 | #2909 | TV-G
A comical tale of fairies, mismatched lovers, and a mischievous sprite, Sir Frederick Ashton's enduring one-act ballet The Dream has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1964. Set to the ethereal music of Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet is a charming interpretation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Pierce Brosnan hosts this American Ballet Theatre production, staged to celebrate the centennial of Ashton's birth. Ethan Stiefel, Alessandra Ferri, and Herman Cornejo star.
10:00:03 | #2810 | TV-G
Two of today's most acclaimed new operatic tenors, Argentinean Marcelo Alvarez and Italian Salvatore Licitra, join forces for a spectacular open-air concert outside the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Backed by a full orchestra and chorus, they perform classical numbers by Puccini, Fuare, Bizet, and Bach, as well as newly composed operatic ballads written especially for them.
59:30 | #2904 | TV-G
Music wunderkind Harry Connick Jr. already has more than 20 million album sales; three Grammy Awards; and nominations for Tony, Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Cable Ace awards to his credit. In this concert of material from Only You, his recent album of standards from the 1950s and '60s, he croons such classics as "Crazy," "Once in My Life," "The Very Thought of You," and "My Blue Heaven."
01:56:46 | #2908 | TV-PG
A who's who of popular music celebrates the life and music of George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death. Filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall, the concert includes performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, members of Monty Python, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar, and Ringo Starr.
56:46 | #2907 | TV-G
The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs two contrasting works. Inspired by the Great Depression, Black Tuesday recalls an era when Hollywood movies and popular music from Tin Pan Alley offered a glamorous antidote to the hard times facing America. Promethean Fire, which some critics have conjectured represents Taylor's response to September 11, is set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with orchestrations by Leopold Stokowski and suffused with passionate emotion, from fury and frustration to a powerful sense of renewal.
56:46 | #2906 | TV-PG
More than half of French Impressionist Edgar Degas' vast output of paintings, drawings, and sculptures is devoted to the activities of the ballet dancers and dance students of late 19th-century Paris. This look at an acclaimed exhibition of those works also explores the artist's intimate connection to the Paris Opéra; visits rehearsal rooms and backstage areas of the magnificent Palais Garnier opera house, hardly changed since his day; and features dramatic re-creations of the artist at work in his Montmartre studio. Actor Frank Langella narrates.
01:26:46 | #2905 | TV-G
Walter Cronkite hosts the 20th annual New Year's Day celebration from Vienna's Musikverein Hall. Riccardo Muti leads the renowned Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of buoyant Strauss Family waltzes, and the Vienna State Opera Ballet dances Johann Strauss II's "Acceleration Waltz" and "Champagne Polka" at the elegant Liechtenstein Palace. Other segments include a visit to the magnificent Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the imperial Hapsburg dynasty, and a montage of ice skating performances accompanied by Josef Strauss' "Skating Polka."
56:46 | #2813
The rock superstar performs at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden with a 90-piece orchestra, a five-piece electric band, and a choir of Royal Academy students conducted by acclaimed film score composer James Newton-Howard. The rousing renditions of many of John's greatest songs include "Philadelphia Freedom," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Burn Down the Mission," and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."
01:26:46 | #2903 | TV-G
Performed in a different European city each year, the annual Europakonzert commemorates the 1882 founding of the Berlin Philharmonic while celebrating the cultural life of the European community. From the historic Mosteiro dos Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, the 2003 concert features conductor Pierre Boulez and pianist Maria Joao Pires in works by Ravel, Mozart, and Debussy.
03:56:46 | #2902 | TV-G
Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers,) the Royal National Theatre's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's timeless masterpiece stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men) as Curly.
01:26:46 | #2901 | TV-G
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance celebrating the orchestra's new home, with special appearances by celebrity guests. The program also features a behind-the-scenes look at the construction and testing of Disney Hall, an acoustically sophisticated space designed by noted architect Frank Gehry that provides both visual and aural intimacy.
01:56:46 | #2814 | TV-G
Performed in a different European city each year, the incomparable Berlin Philharmonic's annual "Europakonzert" commemorates the orchestra's 1882 founding while celebrating the cultural life of the European community. From the elegant Teatro Massimo opera house in Palermo, Sicily, the 2002 concert features violinist Gil Shaham joining conductor Claudio Abbado.
56:46 | #2812 | TV-G
A first-time-ever joint concert by Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Kentucky's Ricky Skaggs showcases the driving forces of the past half-century of bluegrass.
01:26:46 | #2811 | TV-PG
Lar Lubovitch's full-length narrative ballet is a vibrant new interpretation of Shakespeare's tragic tale of passion and jealousy, ambition and betrayal, set to a specially commissioned contemporary score by Oscar-winner Elliot B. Goldenthal (Frida). Desmond Richardson stars as Othello, with Yuan Yuan Tan as Desdemona.
13:00:04 | #2809 | TV-G
A star-studded evening of music and dance showcasing many of the landmark moments from the longest-running performing arts series on television. Highlights include Elaine Paige's definitive "Memory" from Cats; Colm Wilkinson leading the rousing finale of Les Miserables; Natalie Cole in an "Unforgettable" duet; Liza Minnelli singing Sondheim; and performances by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, and more.
02:00:00 | #2808 | TV-G
From Al Jolson to Elvis Presley, from the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, from New Orleans bordellos to New York's Great White Way, the music of America has made its way into the movies. Host Michael Feinstein salutes both the music and the movies with a collection of film clips showcasing the first 50 years of popular American music as seen on screen. The who's who of American songwriters represented includes George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Fats Waller.
56:46 | #2807 | TV-G
Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and American soprano Renée Fleming team with conductor Paul Gemingnani for a selection of Broadway songs. Taped at Terfel's annual Faenol Festival in North Wales, the concert includes selections from Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Porgy and Bess, The King and I, and The Music Man.
02:26:46 | #2711 | TV-PG
The first Broadway revival in nearly 50 years of Cole Porter's musical comedy masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The production sparkles with 18 classic Porter songs and stars Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson, and Michael Berresse as the bickering couples.
56:46 | #2806 | TV-G
This performance documentary features Jose Manuel Carreño (Cuba), Angel Corella (Spain), Vladimir Malakhov (Ukraine), and Ethan Stiefel (USA). The culmination of the program is a piece specially commissioned from prominent American dancemaker Mark Morris.
01:26:46 | #2805 | TV-G
Guest conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads the renowned Vienna Philharmonic in delightful Strauss family waltzes, including "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" and the rousing "Radetzky March." Walter Cronkite hosts.
02:26:46 | #2804 | TV-G
An internationally acclaimed cast presents Franz Lehar's tale of suitors seeking the coveted hand of wealthy widow Hanna Glawari. This English-language production from the San Francisco Opera features Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager, and University of Kentucky graduate Gregory Turay. Cincinnati maestro Erich Kunzel makes his San Francisco debut as guest conductor.
01:56:46 | #2409 | TV-PG
Sir John Gielgud, Sir John Mills, Elaine Stritch, and Lynn Redgrave are among the colleagues and confidantes who introduce the personality behind the public image of the renowned playwright, cabaret composer, and actor.
00:00 | #2802
Carnegie Hall inaugurates its 112th season with a program devoted to music inspired by Spain, with works by Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel. Host Peter Jennings welcomes virtuoso pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and the preeminent Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
56:46 | #2801 | TV-PG
Directed by John Huston, The Misfits turned out to be the final film for two Hollywood icons, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, and nearly the last appearance of Montgomery Clift. Behind the scenes, the making of the movie was fraught with drama—difficult shooting locations, a flamboyant and unruly director, and a crumbling marriage—compounded by an aging leading man and an unstable leading lady.
00:00 | #2710 | TV-G
The renowned Berlin Philharmonic, led by conductor Mariss Jansons, performs at the Church of the Holy Peace, Hagia Irene, on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace. Brilliant young flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud is guest soloist for Mozart's 2nd Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, which includes themes from the composer's Ottoman opera.
01:56:46 | #2708 | TV-G
Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, and the opera duo of Robert Alagna and Angela Geeorghiu celebrate the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. The concert includes classical selections by Purcell, Handel, Elgar, and Britten as well as popular favorites by Gilbert and Sullivan, Noel Coward, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
01:56:46 | #2707 | TV-G
A look at the life and work of Japan's greatest filmmaker and the influential techniques and subject matter of his greatest films.
01:56:46 | #2706 | TV-PG
Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen star in the award-winning musical celebrating one of Broadway's greatest choreographers. Fosse's brilliance is showcased in performances of the most important dance numbers from his greatest shows, movies, and television work.
00:00 | #2705 | TV-G
Host Walter Cronkite presides over the internationally beloved New Year's Day concert from Vienna's majestic Musikverein Hall. Guest conductor Seiji Ozawa leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a buoyant selection of Strauss family waltzes.
01:56:46 | #2704 | TV-G
Sir Peter Wright's version of the beloved tale of holiday enchantment comes from the beautifully restored Covent Garden Opera. The cast includes Ivan Putrov as the Nutcracker, Alina Cojocaru as Clara, and Sir Anthony Dowell as the toy and clock maker Herr Drosselmeyer.
00:00 | #2703 | TV-G
The fourth installment in the "art of music" series showcases the world's most celebrated 20th-century violinists, including Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Eugène Ysaye, and many others. Also included is a cross-section of contemporary virtuosos, including Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel, Hilary Hahn, Ivry Gitlis, and Mstilav Rostropovitch.
00:00 | #2619 | TV-G
Several years ago, the renowned dance company Halau o Kekuhi began re-creating the legend of Pele and Hi'iaka for modern audiences. The work, Holo Mai Pele ("Pele Travels"), is a dynamic blend of traditional Hawaiian chant and dance.
00:00 | #2702 | TV-G
Violinist Joshua Bell pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story in New York City's Central Park. Under the baton of conductor William Eddins, the New York Philharmonic accompanies Bell in a new suite based on some of the musical theater's most enduring melodies. Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth duets with Bell on Bernstein's "Lonely Town" from On the Town.
01:56:46 | #2618 | TV-G
The Houston Grand Opera presents the newest incarnation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women, with a score and libretto by American composer Mark Adamo. Conducted by HGO music director Patrick Summers, Alcott's tale of the four young March sisters' coming of age in Civil War-era New England blossoms into song, featuring mezzo-sopranos Stephanie Novacek and Joyce DiDonato singing Jo and Meg, respectively.
00:00 | #2701 | TV-PG
The cast of Broadway's hottest new musical, led by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, spends a wild and crazy day recording the official cast album. The stage adaptation of Mel Brooks' movie comedy about a struggling theater company mounting a musical about Nazi Germany took home a record 12 statuettes at the 2001 Tony Awards.
00:00 | #2605 | TV-G
Recorded live on stage at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, the singer/songwriter and his 10-piece band perform his greatest hits, plus selections from his best-selling 2001 album, You're the One.
00:00 | #2615
Blair Underwood narrates a three-hour chronicle of the crucial role African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. "What Do You Dance?" explores the roots of African-American dance on slave plantations and traces its development through the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, and the creation of modern dance as a revolutionary alternative to classical forms.
00:00 | #2614 | TV-G
After a painstaking five-year process, Nureyev's Don Quixote has been reassembled, digitally remastered, and restored to its original glory. Starring Nureyev as Basilio, the production also features Sir Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote and Lucette Aldous as Kitri.
00:00 | #2408 | TV-G
Early in his career, Richard Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart to create a sophisticated, innovative style that profoundly influenced the course of the American musical theater.
00:00 | #2613 | TV-G
Australian director Gale Edwards' new take on the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical stars Glenn Carter as Jesus and Jerome Pradon as Judas Iscariot. Co-stars include Renee Castle as Mary Magdalene, Fred Johanson as Pontius Pilate, and Rik Mayall as King Herod. Also featured are Frederick B. Owens (Caiaphas), Michael Shaeffer (Annas), Tony Vincent (Simon Zealotes), and Calvin Cornwall (Peter).
00:00 | #2612 | TV-G
This adaptation of Mozart's operatic masterpiece takes the form of a film within a film and retells the story from the point of view of Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello. Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performs the roles of both Leporello and Don Giovanni. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
00:00 | #2611 | TV-PG
Born in London but raised in the old Hollywood studio system, Elizabeth Taylor remains a silver-screen icon, the last of Hollywood's royalty. She is also one of the most famous women in the world—remembered for her seven husbands, jewelry, flamboyant lifestyle, and social activism.
00:00 | #2610 | TV-G
Julie Andrews joins Robert Goulet, Nathan Lane, Barry Manilow, Ron Raines, Chita Rivera, Brent Spiner, the Three Mo' Tenors, and Tom Wopat to sing elegant, graceful tunes and lyrics from Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
00:00 | #2609 | TV-PG
The comedian returns to Cal Tech with comedians Shecky Greene, Bill Maher, and Rita Rudner and writer Larry Gelbart.
56:46 | #2608 | TV-G
The 100th birthday of Aaron Copland—"the dean of American composers"—is celebrated in a one-hour performance documentary honoring the music that for many has come to embody the American spirit.
00:00 | #2607 | TV-G
The annual New Year's Day concert from Vienna's majestic Musikverein Hall with host Walter Cronkite, the Vienna Philharmonic, and guest conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The repertoire features a selection of beloved Strauss waltzes and performances by the Vienna State Opera Ballet.
00:00 | #2606 | TV-G
The Oscar-winning 1979 film From Mao to Mozart documented a tour of China by violinist Isaac Stern. Scenes from a reunion held 20 years later, when Stern returned to Beijing, are followed by a presentation of the original film.
00:00 | #2604 | TV-G
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and other all-star 'toons join forces to celebrate their creator, Chuck Jones, America's living legend of animation.
00:00 | #2603 | TV-G
Pianist Maurizio Pollini is accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Von Dohnanyi, in Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2.
00:00 | #2602 | TV-G
With Krakow's magnificent Church of Saint Mary as the setting, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs a concert to commemorate the orchestra's 1882 founding and reaffirm the cultural life of a reborn European community.
00:00 | #2601 | TV-G
Moved from the theater to the city that inspired it, Verdi's classic is performed with Argentine tenor Jose Cura and Russian soprano Eteri Gvazava heading a sumptuous cast. Zubin Mehta conducts. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
00:00 | #2516 | TV-G
Features six older dancers: former Nureyev protégé Gary Chryst of the Joffrey Ballet, Sabine Kupferberg of the Stuttgart Ballet, international soloist Gerard LeMaitre, Martine van Hamel of American Ballet Theatre, Jeanne Solan of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Karen Kain of the National Ballet of Canada.
00:00 | #2515
Marianna Tarasova, Galina Gorchakova, and Gegam Grigorian star in a new staging of the original version of Verdi's relentless look at the vagaries of fate, performed in St. Petersburg. Valery Gerfiev conducts the Kirov Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
00:00 | #2514 | TV-G
California's Pasadena Playhouse presents a story based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and featuring familiar Duke Ellington compositions such as "Mood Indigo" and "Take the 'A' Train."
00:00 | #2513
Salutes 18 pianists of the 20th century and explores the traditions and stylistic currents that shaped their virtuosity.
01:26:46 | #2512 | TV-G
An all-Beethoven concert gala commemorating the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, featuring Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
00:00 | #2511 | TV-PG
Legendary comedian Alan King conducts a "school of laughs," exploring the principles of stand-up comedy with a group of fellow comics.
56:46 | #2504 | TV-G
From Rome, tenor Andrea Bocelli sings "Ave Maria" and other sacred songs.
00:00 | #2412 | TV-G
Trumpeter Marsalis leads a celebration of the life and music of Duke Ellington, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of America's greatest jazz composer. The concert includes performances of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train," "Mood Indigo," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," plus examples of Ellington's forays into classical-form compositions—some performed by Ellington and his band in vintage film clips, and others in on-stage performances by Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
00:00 | #2410 | TV-G
A true trailblazer in American dance, Ailey drew on his youthful experiences as inspiration for his most popular and critically acclaimed works.
00:00 | #2508 | TV-G
The story of African Americans in opera, from the time of Paul Robeson to the present, featuring interviews with Robert McFerrin, the first black baritone to perform at the Met; his son, Bobby McFerrin; Grace Bumbry; Leontyne Price; and opera company directors and orchestra conductors.
00:00 | #2507 | TV-PG
One-act operas join three of the theater's most celebrated playwrights with three acclaimed young composers, with New York City's Central Park as a unifying theme.
00:00 | #2505 | TV-G
Master choreographer Marius Petipa's adaptation of Lord Byron's swashbuckling tale of pirates and slave girls.
00:00 | #2503 | TV-PG
Julie Andrews hosts a tribute to female Broadway stars, introducing performances by Nell Carter, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, and Rosie O'Donnell.
00:00 | #2502 | TV-PG
An American Broadway musical adaptation of the 1930 George and Ira Gershwin hit Girl Crazy. Timeless standards such as "I Got Rhythm," "Someone To Watch Over Me," and "Embraceable You" are featured as the story follows Bobby Child, a star-struck playboy who travels to a desolate Nevada mining town to rescue a bankrupt theater.
00:00 | #2501 | TV-G
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, led by guest music director Lorin Maazel, performs works of Richard Strauss, including "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche"; a suite from Der Rosenkavalier; and "Also sprach Zarathustra," more popularly known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
00:00 | #2416 | TV-PG
William Hutt, Martha Henry, and Tom McCamus star in the Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada) production of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical masterpiece, which confronted the truth about his family—"a play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood."
00:00 | #2415 | TV-PG
Plácido Domingo performs highlights of Wagner's opera dramatizing the Grail's eternal mystique. Violeta Urmana sings the role of the enchantress Kundry, and Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra and Choir.
00:00 | #2414 | TV-G
Music director Zubin Mehta conducts Chinese director Zhang Yimou's Maggio Musicale production of Turandot at Beijing's Forbidden City—the spectacular real-life setting of Puccini's fairy-tale opera. The production, which required the talents of more than 1,000 performers, artists, and craftspeople, features Giovanna Casola as Princess Turandot, Sergej Larin as Calaf, and Barbara Frittoli as Liu.
00:00 | #2413 | TV-G
An in-depth backstage view of a remarkable production of Puccini's opera Turandot staged in front of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Conductor Zubin Mehta; Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou; and cast members Sharon Sweet, Guiseppe Giacomini, and Christina Gallardo-Domas talk about how the ambitious production featuring more than 350 extras, dancers, and acrobats came together.
Old and new favorites sung by the famed folk trio joined by Richie Havens, Odetta, Tom Paxton, and The Weavers' Ronny Gilbert and Fred Hellerman.
Featuring Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu at the Lyon National Opera, Donizetti's comic opera is the story of Nemorino and wealthy and beautiful Adina. Set in Italy in the 1930's, the couple learns how romance is ushered along with the assistance of an exotic elixir of love—more commonly known as red wine.
An intimate performance documentary tracing the collaboration of ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit, from their 1949 success in "Carmen," her stage revue, to scenes of the couple at work today.
The most famous stage musical of all time has been restaged for television and has its world television premiere. Elaine Paige, John Mills, and Ken Page star.
Traces the pioneering work of choreographer Katherine Dunham, who fused African-derived movements and syncopations from the Caribbean with European ballet; Pearl Primus, who added elements from West Africa to create her own unique vision of modern dance; and the postwar inventions of Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, and Alvin Ailey.
Examines the "dance explosion" of the 1960s and '70s, when social upheaval led to questioning of old assumptions and the introduction of new themes and styles. Featured choreographers include Eleo Pomare, Bill T. Jones, Gus Solomons Jr., Blondell Cummings, and hip-hop innovators Rennie Harris and Ron K. Brown.
Charles Gounod's beloved opera stars one of classical music's most popular and successful duos, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, as Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Conductor Anton Guadagno leads the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Sung in French with English subtitles.
The consummate artistry of Natalie Cole is on full display in her debut album on Verve Records and first new album in three years. Cole is joined by some very special guests who also know their way around a song.
Great Performances: A Celebration includes interviews with major performers, highlights of past seasons, and profiles of prominent artists. 256 pages, softcover, with more than 200 photographs.
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South Burlington, VT 05407