Great Performances - Season 40

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




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AIRED ON 1/18/2019

Season 46 : Episode 12

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AIRS ON 1/25/2019

Season 46 : Episode 13

Episode Guide

  • Great Performances at the Met: The Enchanted Island

    This new production of an original work features characters from several of Shakespeare's plays.

  • Great Performances at the Met: Faust

    A new production of Gounod's Faust is performed by the Metropolitan Opera's company and three of the opera world's biggest stars, Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya and René Pape.

  • Great Performances at the Met: Rodelinda

    A revival of Handel's Rodelinda is performed, featuring opera superstar Renée Fleming.

  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Great Performances at the Met: Don Giovanni

    A new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera.

  • San Francisco Symphony at 100

    This performance marks the opening night gala of the San Francisco Symphony's centennial season. Hosted by Bay Area resident Amy Tan, the evening includes performances by violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Lang Lang as well as pieces performed by the symphony, including works by San Francisco artists. The history of the orchestra is also explored.

  • Memphis
    Episode 15

    The Tony award winning Broadway musical is performed by the original principal cast.

  • The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

    This adaptation of the stage production is a tribute toYiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony. Music from the Yiddish theater is performed, interwoven with anecdotes from Boris and Bessie's memoirs.

  • Let Me Down Easy
    Let Me Down Easy
    Episode 13

    Actress and producerAnna Deavere Smith takes on the personas of 19 different characters in this unique one-woman play. The monologues come from interviews conducted by Smith with both famous andnon-famouspeople. These portraits, which weave together and build on each other, deal for the most part with sickness, health care, and the frailty of the human body.

  • Tony Bennett: Duets II

    This behind the scenes look at the making of the album Tony Bennett: Duets II, follows the legendary singer around the world to recording sessions with singers such as Lady Gaga, Faith Hill and Michael Bublé. Along the way we learn about the process of making this best-selling album.

  • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013
    Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, the Vienna Philharmonic perform its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. The gala celebrates what would have been the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner; and features tenor Michael Schade. Also: performances of Johann Strauss' "Wiener Blut" waltz and "Long Live the Magyar!" quick polka.moreless
  • Great Performances at the Met: Anna Bolena

    The Metropolitan Opera company performsDonizetti'sAnna Bolena, which tells the story of the last days of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII.

  • Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still
    The story of Jacob's Pillow, a dance-education center in Beckett, Mass., is mixed with goings-on at its annual festival, including performances by such troupes as Chunky Move and Stockholm 59° North. Included: archival footage from the 1930s and '40s; and remarks from choreographers and dancers Merce Cunningham, Suzanne Farrell, Frederic Franklin, Bill Irwin, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris and Paul Taylor.moreless
  • Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

    Gustavo Dudamel, Musical Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Herbie Hancock,Creative Chair for Jazz, join together to perform George Gershwin. Gershwin's pieces are known for combining classical and jazz music. Selections include Rhapsody in Blue and An American In Paris.

  • From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2012

    Julie Andrews returns to host the grand celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic featuring the music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries, including Tschaikowsky.

  • The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet

    Acclaimed choreographerJohn Neumeierbrought together dance, storytelling and spectacle to create this unique telling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic. Performed in May 2011 at theSan Francisco War Memorial Opera House and filmed with eight cameras in high definition.

  • Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park

    Tenor Andrea Bocelli's "gift to New York" was a free concert in Central Park on a rainy, cold, yet magical evening. The concert is considered to be acareer milestone for Bocelli, as thousands faced the weather to hear their favorite performer, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic.

  • Il Postino from LA Opera

    Placido Domingo is featured in this world premier of Daniel Catan'sopera based on the 1994 Academy Award winning film of the same name. The opera, sung in Spanish, was performed in October 2010 at theDorothy Chandler Pavilion.

  • Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

    The critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet company performs three signature pieces:Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Western Symphony" and Tharp's "The Golden Section."

  • Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

    Actor and musician Hugh Laurie performs a variety of tunes, accompanying himself, along with a group of New Orleans' best musicians, while recounting his history with the music of the region. The program includes scenes of Laurie touring the historic city.

  • Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

    The great tenor Placido Domingo looks back on his illustrious career in this compilation of performance clips.

  • A Concert for New York

    In remembrance and renewal, Great Performances presents A Concert for New York , performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center. The program is hosted by NBC News special correspondent and author Tom Brokaw.

  • Great Performances at the Met: Il Trovatore

    This production of Verdi's famous operafeaturing Marcelo Álvarez,Sondra Radvanovsky,Dolora ZajickandDmitri Hvorostovskyearned rave reviews during it's run at New York's Metropolitan Opera.