Great Performances - Season 36

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




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AIRED ON 10/5/2018

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Episode Guide

  • Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev
    Oscar nominated documentarian Allen Miller presents a portrait of Valery Gergiev, artistic director and general director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater. Gergiev is also principal conductor of the London Symphony and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has appeared as principle guest conductor at New York's Metropolital Opera.
  • Great Performances at the Met: "Peter Grimes"
    Benjamin Britton's opera about a man who proclaims his innocence under accusation.
  • Great Performances at the Met: "Manon Lescaut"
    Giacomo Puccini's opera based on a French novel by Antoine François Prévost (the Abbé Prévost) telling the story of a pair of young lovers.
  • Primo
    Episode 16
    Acclaimed South African actor Antony Sher performs his own adaptation of Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. A chemist and member of the Italian resistance movement, Primo Levi spent 11 months in Auschwitz at the end of World War II. Levi's heirs have requested that Antony Sher be the only actor to portray Primo in the one-man play.moreless
  • Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America
    Dance, photography and America's parks combine to present this on-location episode of Wolf Trap's acclaimed Face of America artistic adventure series. Performances include aerial dancers at Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swim Team at Coral Reef National Monument in the Virgin Islands.
  • Great Performances at the Met: Macbeth
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company.
  • Great Performances at the Met: "Roméo et Juliette"
    Charles Gounod's opera based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Opera great Plácido Domingo takes the conductor's baton in this version.
  • Great Performances at the Met: Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck's opera based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm.
  • Peter and the Wolf
    Peter and the Wolf
    Episode 11
    Stop-frame model animation, puppets, and digital photography are used to tell Sergei Prokofiev's classic tale in which orchestral instruments personify the characters of the story. The Philharmonia Orchestra of London performs under the direction of Mark Stephenson.
  • Martina McBride Live In Concert
    The country singer performs songs from her 15-year career, including songs from her latest CD, Waking Up Laughing. The concert was recorded live at i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois.
  • James Taylor: One Man Band
    James Taylor performs his 2007-2008 tour, One Man Band. Taylor's greatest hit songs are interspersed with personal anecdotes and home movies.
  • The New York Philharmonic Live from North Korea
    In a historic visit, the New York Philharmonic became the first American artists to perform in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. Conductor Lorin Maazel directed the orchestra in their concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in North Korea's capital city of Pyongyang. Reporter Bob Woodruff of ABC News provided behind-the-scenes coverage and a look at this country that is so mysterious to westerners.moreless
  • Company
    Episode 7
    Stephen Sondheim's musical about a man who celebrates his 35th birthday with 10 friends, who happen to be 5 couples. This 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony award as "Best Revival" of the 2006-2007 seaon.
  • Carnegie Hall Celebrates Berlin
    In November 2007 several artistic venues around New York City celebrated the explosion of creativity taking place in Berlin, Germany with a 17-day "Berlin in Lights" festival. This concert at Carnegie Hall was one of the featured events. The Berliner Philharmoniker performs Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 9," under the direction of acclaimed music director and conductor, Sir Simon Rattle.

    Other "Berlin in Lights" events are highlighted, including the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela performing Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra." This orchestra is a sister orchestra to the Berliner Philharmoniker.moreless
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2008
    Great Performances returns to Vienna for the 24th consecutive year for the New Year's Celebration. Walter Cronkite hosts, and conductor Georges Prêtre leads the Vienna Philharmonic. Once again Strauss waltzes are featured, but Frenchman Prêtre includes some French-themed pieces. The Vienna State Opera Ballet is also fetured.
  • Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
    The L.A. Opera presents Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht. Considered by many to be one of the greatest operas of the 20th century, the piece, a lyrical satire, blends traditional opera and music hall songs. Set in the fictional "anything goes" city of Mahogonny, the original performance in 1930 Germany was disrupted by a band of Nazi Brown Shirts.moreless
  • Great Performances at the Met: Viewer's Choice
    Renee Fleming hosts a countdown of Great Performances greatest opera moments in this special marking the 30th anniversary of Great Performances at the Met.
  • Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany
    Andrea Bocelli presents a concert from the hills of Lajatico, the rural village in Tuscany where the singer grew up. A special theater was built on the slopes just for this concert. Bocelli sings his most popular songs and welcomes some musical guests.
  • Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago
    Superstar guitar player Eric Clapton headlines a benefit concert featuring a group of great guitarists. Hosted by Bill Murray, proceeds benefit Clapton's Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol education and treatment facility.
  • The Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala Concert
    The Israel Philharmonic, founded in 1936 to save Jewish musicians from the eminent holocaust, celebrates it's anniversary with a concert in Tel Aviv. The orchestra is conducted by Zubin Mehta, who was given the title, "Musical Director for Life" in 1981. The program was recorded at the Frederic R. Mann Auditorium in December 2006.moreless