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International Jazz Day - Preview

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Many of the world's greatest musicians from jazz and other genres assembled at the United Nations to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day Concert. Featuring performances by Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chaka Khan, Lang Lang, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder. Premieres Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10 p.m ET. Check local listings. Continue


Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, "The Ladies' Dance"

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In this section called "The Ladies' Dance" in choreographer Mark Morris's signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 12 women dance to an air for soprano representing a character "L'Allegro," a joyful person. The music is by Handel, with a libretto based on the poetry of John Milton. Continue


Mark Morris on L'Allegro, a Masterpiece Dance

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Choreographer Mark Morris shares insights on how the music of Handel, poetry of John Milton and art of William Blake inspired his dance L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato for the Mark Morris Dance Group, accompanied by live orchestra and chorus. Morris, dancers and artistic collaborators explain the structure of the dance, the music, as well as the set, costumes and lighting. Continue


GP at the Met: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia Trio

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"Zitti, zitti, piano, piano" sing the Count (Lawrence Brownlee), Rosina (Isabel Leonard), and Figaro (Christopher Maltman) in Rossini's comic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia, staged by staging by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Michele Mariotti. Continue


Figaro's Aria in Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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"Largo al factotum" is Figaro's entrance aria in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The opening lines translates as, "Make way for the factotum (servant) of the city, Hurrying to his shop since dawn is already here. Ah, what a fine life, what fine pleasure For a barber of quality!" Christopher Maltman is Figaro in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera production, airing on Great Performance at the Met. Continue


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert - "Summertime"

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George Gershwin composed "Summertime" for his opera Porgy and Bess (1935). The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based. Billie Holiday recorded the song in 1936 and it quickly became a frequently covered jazz standard. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS on April 3, 2015 at 10 pm (check local listings). Continue


Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler Promo

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Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso. This documentary portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do through vintage performances, master classes and Heifetz’ previously unseen home movies. Continue


Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul - Preview

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Live From Lincoln Center
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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


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia in Concert - "Georgia on My Mind"

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Annie Lennox performs "Georgia on My Mind" from her Nostalgia album, live in concert. The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics) in 1930. It was covered by many artists before the 1960 recording by Ray Charles made it a hit. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS on April 3, 2015 at 10 pm (check local listings). Continue


Bryan Adams in Concert: It's Only Love

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When he was 24, Bryan Adams co-wrote "It's Only Love" with Jim Vallance as a duet with Tina Turner on his album Reckless (1984). The duet was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 1986 won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. Here he performs it with his longtime collaborator, lead guitarist Keith Scott. Watch the full concert on PBS stations in March (check local listings). Continue


When music is medicine for kids coping with cancer

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Whether for relaxation or rehabilitation, music helps cancer patients cope and fulfill physical and emotional needs. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, "The Stupid Men's Dance"

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Men slap one another in slapstick fashion in a part nicknamed "The Stupid Men's Dance" in choreographer Mark Morris's signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato. The singing is an air for tenor, representing a joyful character, "L'Allegro." The libretto, based on John Milton's poetry, refers to going to see theater by Jonson or Shakespeare. Continue


Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing

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Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself passively to better focus attention on the music. This does not mean the music played by one of the world's greatest violinists didn't resonate with passion, as experts and fellow musicians attest to in this excerpt from American Masters - Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler. Watch archival footage of Heifetz playing. Continue


Isabel Leonard as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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Isabel Leonard sings Rosina's cavatina, "Una voce poco fa," from Act I of Rossini's comic opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera. Rosina is writing a letter to the student "Lindoro," who is really the Count Almaviva in disguise. Continue


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia in Concert - "Mood Indigo"

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Annie Lennox gives the jazz standard "Mood Indigo" a hard-driving, blues treatment in her live concert. The song was composed in 1930 by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, who played with Ellington's band for 15 years. The lyrics are by Irving Mills. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS on April 3, 2015 at 10 pm (check local listings). Continue


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

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The concert of her Grammy-nominated album features Lennox’s takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as she pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Continue


Norm Lewis: Who Am I? - Preview

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Star of "Porgy and Bess," "Les Miserables" and most recently "The Phantom of the Opera," Norm Lewis is a performer of breathtaking range and power. The many facets of his artistry shine forth in this concert special, which charts a musical course from gospel to Marvin Gaye. Continue


Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler Preview

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American Masters
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Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso. This documentary portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do through vintage performances, master classes and Heifetz’ previously unseen home movies. Continue


La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema - Full Program

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Conducted by Alan Gilbert, selections include music by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov and other composers, performed by the New York Philharmonic and featuring Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming and Josh Groban. The concert includes video projection with animated graphics and film clips related to the films such as La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Il Postino. Continue


Bryan Adams in Concert: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

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Bryan Adams performs "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," his Grammy Award-winning ballad from 1991. Co-written with Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the song was in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and was nominated for an Academy Award. The song is also on Adams' album Waking Up the Neighbours. Watch the full concert on PBS stations in March (check local listings). Continue


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