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  • Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

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    S 40 : Ep 36 - 9/23/11

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

  • A Concert for New York

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    S 40 : Ep 38 - 9/11/11

    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.

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  • A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robbins and Opus Jazz

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    3/23/10

    Watch choreographer (and original West Side Story dancer) Eliot Feld, Sondra Lee (one of Robbins' original "Opus" dancers), along with other Robbins' friends and colleagues join the current cast of dancers to contextualize the cultural and historical importance of Mr. Robbins' career and NY Export: Opus Jazz in this 10 minute documentary by Matt Wolf and Anna Farrell.moreless
  • Hancock, Dudamel & the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

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    1/6/12

    Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin, featuring that classic piece as well as "An American in Paris" and Hancock's unique improvisation on the great standard "Someone to Watch Over Me," airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, January 6 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).moreless
  • Interview with The Princess

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    12/16/11

    Meet Sarah Van Patten who dances the role of The Princess in San Francisco Ballet's The Little Mermaid and learn how her technical execution informs her character. The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet airs on Great Performances Friday, December 16, 2011 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Interview with The Poet

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    12/16/11

    Meet Lloyd Riggins who dances the role of the The Poet in San Francisco Ballet's The Little Mermaid and discover how his role, (based on the real life author Hans Christian Anderson), came to be part of the ballet. The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet airs on Great Performances Friday, December 16, 2011 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Let Me Down Easy

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    12/13/11

    Anna Deavere Smith's latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, launching a national tour that concluded in September.moreless
  • Il Postino: Dress Rehearsal

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    11/25/11

    Take a look behind the curtain of Daniel Catan's opera in this dress rehearsal and interview with composer Catan and LA Opera Senior VP Christopher Koelsh as they discuss the differences between the opera, the movie, and the book. Il Postino from LA Opera starring Placido Domingo airs on Friday, November 25 at 9 pm, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Il Postino: First Musical Rehearsal

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    11/25/11

    See one of the first music rehearsals with the original cast of this new opera, including Cristina Gallardo-Domas rehearsing one of her solos. Il Postino from LA Opera starring Placido Domingo airs on Friday, November 25 at 9 pm, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Il Postino: Production Meeting

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    11/25/11

    Take an inside look at the creative process behind the opera with footage of the cast and crew during an initial production meeting, including a speech from director Ron Daniels on his original vision for the opera. Il Postino from LA Opera starring Placido Domingo airs on Friday, November 25 at 9 pm, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

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    10/28/11

    This program will showcase the company's critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine's "Square Dance" (music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli) and "Western Symphony" (music by Hershy Kay) and Tharp's "The Golden Section" (music composed and performed by David Byrne). Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp airs Friday, October 28 at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

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    9/30/11

    An American favorite for his award-winning role in the hit TV series House, the versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric personal odyssey filmed on location in New Orleans. Let Them Talk is Laurie's personal journey into the heart and soul of the mixture of blues and jazz that grew out of New Orleans at the beginning of the last century.moreless
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