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The Doll Song from Les Contes d'Hoffmann on GP at the Met

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Great Performances
PBS


In her role debut, American soprano Erin Morley plays the mechanical doll Olympia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera. Morley's vivid ballerina outfit and all costumes were designed by Catherine Zuber. Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met airs Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Continue


GP at the Met: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Great Performances
PBS


Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Offenbach based the opera on three stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The production is by Broadway director Bartlett Sher. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the broadcast. Continue


Percy Sledge Interview: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


On the evening of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, R&B singer Percy Sledge was interviewed for American Masters – Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (2007). In this film outtake, he recollects growing up in Leighton, Alabama, his love for Elvis Presley and country singers, and his youthful musical performances. Sledge's classic hit is “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Continue


Jascha Heifetz: Estrellita Encore Song

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American Masters
PBS


In 1923 violinist Jascha Heifetz was in Mexico City and realized he didn't have any work by a Mexican composer on his program. While in a cafe, he heard a musician sing a popular song written by Manuel Ponce called "Estrellita" (My Little Star). He took notes on his napkin, and composed an arrangement for violin and piano based on it. "Estrellita" became one of his favorite encore songs. Continue


Jascha Heifetz Concerts for 1923 Japan Earthquake Victims

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American Masters
PBS


Jascha Heifetz traveled to Japan in 1923, weeks after the earthquake on September 1 that devastated Tokyo, Yokohama and the Kanto region, with casualties near 143,000. He gave outdoor performances there and also gave benefit concerts to benefit Japan. He was a forerunner among musicians to do relief work. This is film outtake from Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler, featuring Heifetz' own film footage. Continue


Reunited

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Hina travels from Hawai’i to Fiji to reunite with her husband, a headstrong Tongan man. For all her trepidations, Hina says, “I really can’t wait to see him.” They share a moving reconnection at the airport. Continue


Norm Lewis: Showing Up

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


How do you build one of the most prolific and celebrated careers on Broadway? Norm Lewis lets us in on a simple secret. Continue


Jascha Heifetz: Patriotic Service During World War II

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American Masters
PBS


Jascha Heifetz not only had a daily ritual of raising the U.S. flag at his home. He also toured extensively for the USO during World War II. Ayke Agus, his accompanist and longtime companion, shares that the world famous violinist considered one of his greatest performances a concert for a single soldier during World War II. Continue


Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Ebullient triple-threat and Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter is a New York City theater success story. Here the versatile and altogether irresistible Kinky Boots star appears where his talents shine brightest—center stage, performing a heartfelt selection of songs, including his own, drawing on a wide spectrum of styles and emotions. Continue


Billy Porter performs "Run Til I Finish"

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Rev. Smokie Norful is one of the most celebrated living artists creating contemporary Gospel music. Billy Porter offers a sweet interpretation of his inspirational song, "Run Til I Finish." Continue


Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

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Great Performances
PBS


The start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure with the orchestra features two of the conductor’s close colleagues: his wife, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, each singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires. The inaugural concert was filmed in September 2014. Continue


Michael Fabiano: From Umpire to Opera Star

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Tenor Michael Fabiano's magnificent voice is just the most recognizable expression of his many passions. This profile piece, aired on "Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century," looks at how the consummate kid from New Jersey traded in baseball and a business degree for a place in the opera houses of the world. Continue


Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Hamilton"

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical productions include "In the Heights," talks to Charlie Rose about his hit: a hip-hop musical about the unlikeliest of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda calls the play, "the story of America then, told by America now." Continue


The Alabama Theatre and "Big Bertha"

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Antiques Roadshow
PBS


Find out how much a nearly one-of-a-kind Mighty Wurlitzer organ called "Big Bertha" is worth in this web exclusive trip to the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham! Continue


Jascha Heifetz Lives the Good Life

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American Masters
PBS


"After I came to America, my one aim, it seems, was to enjoy myself," said the violinist whose fame grew with his Carnegie Hall debut and first audio recordings made in 1917. Heifetz bought a large home in Narragansett, a car, and camera equipment with which he pursued his beloved hobby of filmmaking. He allowed himself to socialize and have fun, something that was lacking in his childhood. Continue


The Appel Room (according to Norm Lewis)

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


With its large windows overlooking Columbus Circle, the Appel Room, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, can be a beautiful place to perform - if you aren't intimidated by having to compete with the gorgeous view. Continue


Norm Lewis: Why Ask "Who Am I?"

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


On Broadway he's stepped into the shoes of some of the most iconic characters of recent years, from Javert to Porgy to the Phantom of the Opera. Yet if anyone is still wondering: who is Norm Lewis? - the man himself takes a stab at providing an answer. Continue


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert - Full Episode

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Great Performances
PBS


Annie Lennox's unique interpretations bring a new intimacy to timeless classics. The Grammy-nominated album Nostalgia features Lennox’s fresh takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Hear "Summertime," "I Put a Spell on You," "Mood Indigo," "Strange Fruit," and more. Continue


GP at the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Great Performances
PBS


James Levine leads Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (“The Master-Singer of Nuremberg”) in its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast. Michael Volle is the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, starring with Johan Botha as Walther, Annette Dasch as Eva, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Beckmesser, Hans-Peter König as Pogner, Paul Appleby as David, and Karen Cargill as Magdalene. Renée Fleming hosts. Continue


Billy Porter performs Rachelle Ferrell's "Peace On Earth"

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


The consummate showman, Billy Porter could have chosen any number of flashy hits to close his Lincoln Center concert. Instead, for his encore, he surprised and moved us to tears with this delicate but powerful rendition of Rachelle Ferrell's soul-searching ballad of healing. Continue


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