Great Performances - Season 42

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  • Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
    4/25/14
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    Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" ballet, about a young woman (Hannah Vassallo) who endures a decades-long slumber, is given a Gothic spin by choreographer Matthew Bourne, who also starts the story in 1890 and has it span the 20th century.
  • Madama Butterfly
    Madama Butterfly
    Episode 17
    3/23/14
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    A cinematic adaptation of Puccini's 1904 opera "Madama Butterfly,". The work tells the story of a Nagasaki geisha (Mirella Freni) who is abandoned by the U.S. Navy officer (Placido Domingo) she loves. Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. Suzuki: Christa Ludwig. Sharpless: Robert Kerns. Goro: Michel Senechal. Yamadori: Giorgio Stendoro.moreless
  • Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

    Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers, and Boz Scaggs join forces super group The Dukes of September for this concert, taped at Lincoln Center in New York City. The performers pay tribute to the R&B style that inspired them as some of their greatest hits.

  • Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    The program features highlights from the 1992 concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's debut album. A variety of performers sing Dylan's songs, culminating with a performance by Dylan himself. Includes scenes from backstage as well as clips of Dylan from the last 30 years and interviews with the night's performers.

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  • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell
    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, perform in Riverside, Cal. Included: "Katie Mae"; "Jubilation Day"; "Get Along Stray Dog"; "Yes She Did"; "Love Has Come for You"; "The Crow"; "Fighter"; "Hunger"; "Atheists Don't Have No Songs"; "The Great Remember"; "Sun's Gonna Shine"; "When You Get to Asheville"; "Pretty Little One"; "Auden's Train"; "The Dance at the Wedding"; "Remember Me This Way"; "Another Round-So Long Now"; and "Daddy Played the Banjo."moreless
  • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

    Multi-talented performer Steve Martin presents an evening of Blue Grass and American Roots music along with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Featured songs are from Martin and Brickell’s album “Love Has Come For You" (the title song won a 2014 Grammy in the American Roots song category), his album with the Steep Canyon Rangers "Rare Bird Alert," and Martin's solo album "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo."

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  • Sting: The Last Ship
    2/21/14
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    Singer Sting sings songs from his latest album, The Last Ship, introducing a musical play of the same name that will open on Broadway later this year. The songs tell a narrative of Sting's boyhood home, the shipbuilding community of Wallsend, outside Newcastle in Northeast England.

  • National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage
    2/14/14
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    A look back at ten of the most celebrated shows in the fifty-year history of Great Britain's National Theatre. Segments of each production are restaged for this event. Performances include Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Rosengrantz and Gildenstern are Dead and Dame Judi Dench singing "Send in the Clowns" in an exerpt from A Little Night Music.

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  • Barrymore
    Barrymore
    Episode 11
    1/31/14
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    Christopher Plummer recreates the role he originated on the Broadway stage in this film adaptation. Set in 1942, during the final months of his life, the great actor John Barrymore is trying to find backers for a Broadway comeback. But times and tastes have changed, and his excesses have taken their toll on him through the years.

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  • Great Performances at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

    The Metropolitan Opera opened their 2013-2014 season in September, 2013 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the story of a love triangle set in 1800s Russia. Performers include Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin, Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, the woman who loves him, and Piotr Beczala as Onegin's friend turned rival.

  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014

    The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert returns for its 30th broadcast on PBS. As always, musical selections are from the Strauss family and their contemporaries. A performance by the Vienna State Ballet is featured, set in the recently renovated City Palace. Hostess Julie Andrews gives viewers a tour of a few of Vienna's famous sites, including the Wiener Musikverein Concert Hall, the Porcelain Museum and The Sigmund Freud Museum.

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  • Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
    11/30/13
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    Highlights from the career of tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), including "Nessun dorma"; arias from "La Bohème," "Rigoletto" and "Aida"; "Mamma"; "O Sole Mio"; and duets with Bono, Eric Clapton, Sting and Vanessa Williams.
  • Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
    11/29/13
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    Legendary singer Barbra Streisand comes home in this concert, filmed in October 2012, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The multimedia performance includes video montages of Streisand's childhood and early career. Streisand sings 27 songs, with guests, Italian pop vocal trio Il Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti and Streisand's son Jason Gould, joining in.

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  • Barbra Steisand: Back to Brooklyn
    11/29/13
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    Barbra Streisand performs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where she's backed by a 60-piece orchestra and joined by Il Volo, Chris Botti and son Jason Gould. Selections include "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "The Way We Were-Through the Eyes of Love," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Evergreen," "People," "Somewhere," "Some Other Time" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," as well as "Make Our Garden Grow" with Il Vote, Botti, Gould and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.moreless
  • Stephen Sondheim's "Company" with the New York Philharmonic

    The New York Philharmonic's 2011 staging of composer and lyricists Stephen Sondheim's award-winning Company features an all-star cast led by Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby. Celebrating his 35th birthday as a single man, Bobby gets plenty of relationship advice from his 10 best friends, who are also five couples.

  • Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera
    11/1/13
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    Herman Melville’s novel is brought to musical fulfillment with this multi-media opera from composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.

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    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!
    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform selections from their 2014 "Cheek to Cheek" album at the Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City.
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration
    10/18/13
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    Great Performances celebrates 40 years on public television with this eclectic concert. A stellar line-up of artists who have been featured through the years return to perform and reminisce about this program that gives viewers a front-row seat to the performing arts. Recorded in November 2012 at Lincoln Center.

  • Star-Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of Our National Anthem
    Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Marin Alsop, perform at this salute to "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion. Also on tap: Little Big Town; Pentatonix; STOMP; and Train. The program includes ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine; and a fireworks display. John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks host.moreless
  • Henry V
    Henry V
    Episode 4
    10/11/13
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    Ascending to the throne left by his father, Henry IV, the former Prince Hal, now King Henry V, must battle the French as well as his inner demons. This is the fourth and final film in the series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays.

  • The Hollow Crown: Henry V
    10/11/13
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    The "Hollow Crown" chronicle concludes with Shakespeare's "Henry V," in which the young monarch (Tom Hiddleston) sets out to conquer France. The cast includes Anton Lesser as Exerter; Paterson Joseph as York; and John Hurt as the Chorus.
  • Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman
    8/28/14
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    Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot perform liturgical and traditional works with the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Rejoice Chamber Orchestra, including "Yism'Khu," "A Dudele," "A Yidishe Mame" and "Sheyibone Beys Hamikdosh." Other selections include "Rumenische Doyne," "Shoyfer Shel Moshiakh" and "Adir Hu-Moyshe Emes." Also: reminiscences from Joel Grey, Neil Sedaka and Elie Wiesel.moreless
  • Die Fledermaus
    Die Fledermaus
    Episode 3
    8/24/14
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    Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus," performed by the Vienna State Opera in German with English subtitles. Maestro Karl Bohm conducts. Gundula Janowitz, Eberhard Wachter. Adele: Renate Holm. Alfred: Waldemar Kmentt.
  • Henry IV, Part 2
    Henry IV, Part 2
    Episode 3
    10/4/13
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    The third film in the series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays, Henry IV, Part 2 continues the story of King Henry IV, his son, Prince Hal, and the Prince's companion Falstaff.

  • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2
    10/4/13
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    Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 2" chronicles the rise of Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), who at the start of the history play is again on the outs with his father, the increasingly frail Henry IV (Jeremy Irons). In other events, the Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts to separate the licentious Falstaff from the prince; and Henry IV faces yet another rebellion. Michelle Dockery appears as Lady Percy.moreless
  • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014
    Conductor Christoph Eschenbach leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, which features pianist Lang Lang on Richard Strauss' "Burleske" and Mozart's "Turkish March." Other selections include "Mazeppa" by Franz Liszt; the "Benvenuto Cellini" overture by Hector Berlioz; "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss; and the "Wiener Blut" waltz and "Furioso-Polka" by Johann Strauss II.moreless
  • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1
    9/27/13
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    The second in the film series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays, Henry IV, Part 1 tells the story of King Henry and his rebellious son, Prince Hal.

  • Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl
    Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Verdi's "Requiem Mass" at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance features soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
  • The Hollow Crown: Richard II
    9/20/13
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    Richard II, the story of a King who loses his crown, is the first in the Great Performances film series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays.

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