The world's greatest pianists gather to play arrangements of classical favorites for four to 16 hands in honor of the 10th anniversary of Switzerland's Verbier Festival. The concert was recorded on July 22, 2003.
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and comments on the composer's great achievement, considered one of the greatest works in classical music. Thomas also interviews musicians from the San Francisco Symphony on their thoughts concerning the piece.
The Paul Taylor Dancers perform two works set in the time of the Great Depression. "Black Tuesday" contrasts the escapism of the entertainment world of the time with the grim reality of the depression. The second piece, "Promethean Fire" has been hailed as one of choreographer Paul Taylor's best works.
Great Performances celebrates its 20th New Year's concert with a live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein hall in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna State Opera Ballet performs and Jose Manuel Carreño performs a solo. Walter Cronkite returns as host.
Since 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall that city's Philharmonic orchestra has presented a concert in a different European capital each year to celebrate the continent's shared cultural heritage. This year's 'Europakonzert' takes place at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimosin in Lisbon, Portugal. Music includes pieces from Mozart, Bartók and Debussy.moreless
The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain performs a revival of Roger's and Hammerstein's masterpiece. This version was filmed at Shepperton Studios in London at the close of the stage musical's 1998 run.
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