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August 28, 2015

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Charlie Rose The Week
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Tonight on the program: A look at the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," with writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail and costar Leslie Odom Jr. Continue


Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 Full Episode

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Great Performances
PBS


Led by guest conductor Zubin Mehta, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 12th open-air summer concert, this time with a Scandinavian flavor, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The varied program includes favorites by Grieg, Sibelius and Lumbye. The concert soloist is the internationally acclaimed Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder. Continue


Downton Abbey Stars Honored in the UK: See the Slideshow

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Masterpiece
PBS


Your favorite stars of Downton Abbey -- old and new -- came out to be honored by the British Academy of of Film and Television Arts on Aug. 11, 2015. Step onto the star-studded red carpet and see if you can recognize your favorite characters! Continue


Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 - Preview

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Great Performances
PBS


Led by guest conductor Zubin Mehta, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 12th open-air summer concert, this time with a Scandinavian flavor, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The varied program includes favorites by Grieg, Sibelius and Lumbye. The concert soloist is the internationally acclaimed Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buckbinder. Continue


'Cold Mountain' opera singer finds creative place to warm up

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Jay Hunter Morris, who plays the role of Teague in the recently-opened 'Cold Mountain' opera in Santa Fe, showed Jeff Brown his favorite location to prepare before going on stage. Continue


Before the Curtain Rises: Preparations for the SAB Workshop

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


In 2014 the legendary School of American Ballet gave its 50th Annual Workshop Performances. We went behind the scenes to watch students and their distinguished teachers striving to bring George Balanchine's vision to life - and pass his legacy on to the next generation of dancers. Continue


GP at the Met: La Donna Del Lago

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Great Performances
PBS


Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez headline Rossini’s bel canto tour-de-force "La Donna del Lago" on Great Performances at the Met (check local listings). Based on the work by Sir Walter Scott, DiDonato is Elena, the lady of the lake pursued by two men, with Flórez as Giacomo, the benevolent king of Scotland. Michele Mariotti conducts debuting Scottish director Paul Curran’s staging. Continue


Itzhak Perlman Plays Cadenza from Fiddler on the Roof

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Great Performances
PBS


Itzhak Perlman plays the cadenza and variations section of John Williams' score to "Fiddler on the Roof" for the first time. This is an excerpt from "Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil." Continue


Virtuosity – The Cliburn | Preview

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PBS Arts
PBS


Watch the world’s best young pianists try to make a name for themselves at the Cliburn, a high-stakes piano competition that becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground. The winner is virtually guaranteed a performing career. Premieres Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Driving Miss Daisy: Leaving Georgia

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Great Performances
PBS


As chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) and his employer Daisy Werthan (Angela Lansbury) set out on a long drive, Daisy reminisces about a family trip she took as a child, expressing something personal in an unguarded moment with Hoke. Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy stars Tony-winners Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines. Continue


GP at the Met: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

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Great Performances
PBS


Sir David McVicar directs the first new Met production of the popular verismo double bill in 45 years: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, both with Marcelo Álvarez as the male lead. Eva-Maria Westbroek and Patricia Racette also star. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the operas, bothset in Sicily - one in a 1900 village square, the other at a 1948 truck stop. Check local listings. Continue


Rudolf Buchbinder, Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

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Great Performances
PBS


Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, soloist at the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015, performs Alfred Grünfeld's "Soirée de Vienne." Grünfeld (1852 - 1924) was an Austrian pianist and composer who was once court pianist to Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany and a professor at the Vienna Conservatory. Buchbinder has toured with the Vienna Philharmonic and appeared as soloist around the world. Continue


Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015: Edvard Grieg

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Great Performances
PBS


Guest conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic in Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16, with Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. This free outdoor concert, recorded in May 2015, has a Scandinavian program but it ends as it does every year with a performance of the great Viennese waltz Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss II. Continue


'Cold Mountain' opera singer finds creative place to warm up

PBS NewsHour
PBS


Jay Hunter Morris, who plays the role of Teague in the recently-opened 'Cold Mountain' opera in Santa Fe, showed Jeffrey Brown his favorite location to prepare before going on stage. Continue


Il Volo: Live from Pompeii

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PBS Specials
PBS


Soar with the perfect harmony of the charming trio as they pay homage to their home country. The young tenors perform classic Italian favorites and original songs in this new concert special filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii. Continue


Dancing in the Corps

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Most often people focus on the prima ballerinas and high-leaping soloists at the ballet. But what would a Balanchine ballet be without the dancers who perform in the precisely choreographed group formations? Joscelyn, one of the 2014 graduating class members of the School of American Ballet, reflects on the challenges and rare pleasures of dancing in the corps. Continue


Dudamel Conducts LA Phil in John Williams Celebration - Full

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Great Performances
PBS


Natalie Portman hosts Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil on Great Performances. Itzhak Perlman is the special guest in a gala opening night concert paying tribute to the prolific film composer. The L.A. Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducts. Gain insight when Dudamel and Williams discuss film scores and collaborations with film directors. Continue


John Williams and Gustavo Dudamel Discuss Film Score

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Great Performances
PBS


John Williams composed the score to "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film dramatizes the swindles of a real-life con man. Before the LA Philharmonic performs "Escapades" from the score, Gustavo Dudamel and Williams discuss the mystery the music creates. From "Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil." Continue


Driving Miss Daisy

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Great Performances
PBS


Tony Award winners Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, which was a hit on Broadway in 2010. The play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between a Jewish widow and an African American man who works has her chauffeur. Continue


Driving Miss Daisy: A Christmas Critique

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Great Performances
PBS


Daisy Werthan (Angela Lansbury) and her daughter-in-law Florine are both Jewish, but it is only Florine who celebrates the Christmas holiday with relish. Miss Daisy complains about Florine to her chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) while on her way to her son and Florine's Christmas party. Miss Daisy brings along coconuts for the ambrosia. Continue


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