Great Performances - Season 44

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




Episode Guide

  • She Loves Me
    She Loves Me
    Episode 17
    Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don't realize they're romantic pen pals.
  • Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017
    A celebration of the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards honorees for 2017, including Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground. Performers include Caesar and Pride; the Velvet Underground's John Cale and Maureen "Moe" Tucker; Kirk Franklin; Le'Andria Johnson; Randy Newman; Vernon Reid; Catherine Russell; Valerie Simpson; Russell Thompkins Jr.; Neal McCoy; Dionne Warwick; Charlie Wilson; and Dwight Yoakam.moreless
  • Havana Time Machine
    Havana Time Machine
    Episode 14
    An intoxicating musical journey to today's Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration. This performance-documentary also features evocative performance segments hosted by the Grammy-winning Raul Malo of The Mavericks.
  • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017
    Conductor Christoph Eschenbach leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. The soloist is Renée Fleming, who sings two arias from Antonin Dvorák operas and three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Also on tap are selections from Tchaïkovsky, Humperdinck, John Williams, Stravinsky and Johann Strauss II.moreless
  • Young Men
    Young Men
    Episode 12
    The World War I experience is set to dance in this Balletboyz production shot on location in Northern France. The story follows a young soldier and his squadron from basic training to combat and their ultimate fates. Following the film is "The Making of Young Men," which features interviews with creators Michael Nunn and William Trevitt; choreographer Iván Pérez; and singer-songwriter Keaton Henson, who composed the score.moreless
  • Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars with the LA Phil
    Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic are joined at the Hollywood Bowl by guitarist Angel Romero, bandoneon player Seth Asarnow and dancers from Tango Buenos Aires for performances of works by Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera and Lalo Schifrin. Selections include Schifrin's "Concierto de la Amistad (Concerto of Friendship)"; Ginastera's "Estancia" ballet; and Piazzolla's "Tangazo."moreless
  • New York City Ballet Symphony in C
    Two Balanchine ballets are performed by the New York City Ballet: "Symphony in C," set to the Bizet piece; and "Sonatine," set to the music of Ravel. From Paris.
  • New York City Ballet in Paris
    An all-Balanchine program of ballet masterpieces includes the "Walpurgisnacht Ballet" and "La Valse.
  • Bel Canto the Opera
    An American opera diva is among the hostages taken when terrorists storm a diplomatic gathering in Lima, Peru; and, during the months-long crisis, unexpected alliances form between the captors and captives. Adapted from Ann Patchett's novel "Bel Canto," the opera features a score is by Jimmy López and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.moreless
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017
    The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, celebrate the New Year at Vienna's Musikverein with a concert that features Strauss family favorites. Julie Andrews hosts.
  • The Hollow Crown: Richard III
    William Shakespeare's "Richard III" chronicles the royal's bloody rise to the throne and short reign.
  • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II
    William Shakespeare's "Henry VI, Part II" finds a feeble King Henry overshadowed by Queen Margaret; and Edward IV ascending to the throne while his youngest brother, Richard, has designs on the crown.
  • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I
    Shakespeare's "Henry VI, Part I" finds England in crisis: war rages; and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Adding to the tension: young Henry VI's marriage to Margaret of Anjou.
  • Hamilton's America
    Hamilton's America
    Episode 2
    A look at the creation of "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton. Included: excerpts from the New York production with its original cast; and trips to Mount Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members.
  • Grammy Salute to Music Legends
    A celebration of the Recording Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients Linda Ronstadt, Fred Foster, John Cage, Ruth Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Celia Cruz, Run-DMC, Chris Strachwitz, Herbie Hancock, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Performers include J.D. Souther; Lila Downs and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano; Martina McBride; Kris Kristofferson; Shelby Lynne; Patti Austin; Jefferson Airplane; Andy Garcia; Naughty By Nature; Herbie Hancock; and Earth, Wind & Fire. From the Dolby Theatre in L.A.moreless