Great Performances - Season 25

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AIRED ON 1/18/2019

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Episode Guide

  • Burt Bacharach: This Is Now

    A profile of the songwriter includes performance footage and interviews with Bacharach and some of the singers who have recorded his songs.

  • Emmeline
    Episode 17
    The 1996 opera, Emmeline, by Tobias Picker with a libretto by J.D. McClatchy, is performed by the Santa Fe Opera. George Manahan conducts the Santa Fe Orchestra and Chorus. Cast: Patricia Racette: Emmeline Mosher Victor Ledbetter: Mr. Maguire Curt Peterson: Matthew Gurney Josepha Gayer: Mrs. Bass Anne-Marie Owens: Aunt Hannah Herbert Perry: Pastor Avery Kevin Langan: Henry Moshermoreless
  • Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall
    Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) is honored with this concert of his music. Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein host.
  • The Story of Gospel Music
    The story of African-American religious music is told through archival footage, interviews and musical performances.
  • Robert Altman's Jazz '34
    Harry Belafonte narrates a jazz companion to Director Robert Altman's film Kansas City. Jazz musicians in 1934 period garb perform on the set of the film. Selections from the concert were ultimately used in the film.
  • Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing
    Metropolitan Opera baritone Thomas Hampson headlines a night of American music taped at New York's Town Hall. Other performers include: Dawn Upshaw: Soprano Harolyn Blackwell: Soprano Jerry Hadley: Tenor Craig Rutenberg: Piano Jay Ungar: Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica Molly Mason: Bass, Guitar David Alpher: Piano
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1997
    Walter Cronkite hosts as the Vienna Philharmonic performs both well-known and little-known Strauss waltzes. Telecast from Vienna's Musikverein and Hoffburg Palace. Riccardo Muti conducts the orchestra.
  • Bobby McFerrin: Loosely Mozart: The New Innovators of Classical Music
    This eclectic concert at New York's Masonic Lodge features the innovative music of Bobby McFerrin along with Yo Yo Ma, Chick Corea and others.
  • Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM
    A salute to Arthur Freed, who produced musicals at MGM. Includes interviews with some of those who performed in his films and clips from the films.
  • Dido and Aeneas
    Dido and Aeneas
    Episode 4
    Marking the 300th anniversary of his death, Henry Purcell's classic opera about romance thwarted by the supernatural is performed. The opera was filmed in and around Hampton Court, a London palace built for King Henry VIII. Richard Hickox conducts the Collegium Musicum 90 orchestra and chorus. Cast: Maria Ewing: Dido Karl Daymond: Aeneas Rebecca Evans: Belinda Sally Burgess: Sorceress Patricia Rozario: Second Woman Mary Plazas: First Enchantress Pamela Helen Stephen: Second Enchantress Jamie McDougall: Aeneas's Lieutenant Francois Testory: Mercury James Bowman: Voice of Mercurymoreless
  • Dance in America: The Wrecker's Ball---Three Dances by Paul Taylor
    Paul Taylor's choreography is highlighted in three pieces set in a theater in New York City called Danceland in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
  • Carnegie Hall Opening Night (1996)
    Brahms' Symphony No.2 and Piano Concerto No.2 are performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, with soloist Peter Serkin at the 1996 season opening of New York's Carnegie Hall. The orchestra is conducted by Claudio Abbado.