Great Performances - Season 32

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




Episode Guide

  • From the Acropolis: A Salute to the Games with the Berlin Philharmonic
    The Berlin Philharmonic concert opening the Hellenic Cultural Festival, coinciding with and honoring the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
  • All-Star Piano Extravaganza: The Verbier Festival Concert
    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.
  • Keeping Score: MTT on Music/Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in Performance
    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.
  • Dance in America: `The Dream' with American Ballet Theatre
    "The Dream" is a dance interpretation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set to music composed by Felix Mendelssohn.
  • Concert for George
    Concert for George
    Episode 12
    A great collection of rock musicians gathered a year after George Harrison's death to honor him with a concert of his music. Filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in November 2002.
  • Harry Connick Jr.: Only You
    Harry Connick Jr. performs selections from his album, "Only You," featuring songs from the 1950s and 1960s. He also sings favorites from some of his previous CDs.
  • Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor
    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.
  • Degas and the Dance
    This documentary explores artist Edgar Degas and his association with the Paris Opera and Ballet. More than half of Degas' works of art depicted ballet dancers.
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration
    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.
  • Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Lisbon
    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
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's `Oklahoma!'

    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.

  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic Inaugurates the Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Highlights from three performances held to honor the grand opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.