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Andris Nelsons Conducts Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

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Great Performances
PBS


Cavalleria rusticana is a one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni, which received its U.S. premiere in 1891 in Philadelphia. The tragic love story is set in a Sicilian village. Its symphonic Intermezzo has been heard outside opera houses in film soundtracks including Raging Bull and The Godfather Part III. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in his inaugural concert with the BSO. Continue


Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais: "Tu, tu, amore?"

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Great Performances
PBS


Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais—both frequent collaborators with conductor Andris Nelsons, Opolais' husband—join Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the duet “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut. In an interview, Kaufmann jokes that performing a physically passionate duet on stage with Opolais while her husband conducts is simply part of the opera business. Continue


Seeking Perfection in Ballet

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American Masters Exclusive
PBS


In this film outtake, Daniil Simkin, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, performs excerpts from Benjamin Millepied's "Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once" (2009). Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, Simkin, and Susan Jaffe, a former American Ballet Theatre dancer (1980-2002), speak about ballet dancers' constant search for perfection. Continue


B.B. King

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Austin City Limits
PBS


“B.B. King personified blues music for the whole world...He was larger than life, but a gentle man with a kind soul and big heart. His ACL performance ranks as one of my personal favorites, and I was never more proud than when he somehow slipped ‘Austin City Limits’ into the lyric of his classic rendition of Willie Nelson’s ‘Night Life.’ We’ve lost a giant.” Terry Lickona, ACL Executive Producer Continue


American Ballet Theatre: A History - Full Episode

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American Masters
PBS


Ric Burns’ documentary on the 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company combines rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with ABT's key figures including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomez, Hee Seo, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Continue


Filmmaker “Flies” with Elizabeth Streb

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Independent Lens
PBS


Catherine Gund talks about her new Independent Lens film Born to Fly, including how she connected with "extreme action architect" choreographer Elizabeth Streb, how she hopes the film inspire viewers to be brave in their own lives, and on working with the late great documentarian Albert Maysles. Continue


ABT Dancer Xiomara Reyes in Cuba

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American Masters Exclusive
PBS


With American Ballet Theater, dancer Xiomara Reyes visits her home country Cuba in this outtake from American Ballet Theatre: A History. Reyes, a principal dancer with the company, visits her childhood teacher's studio. Continue


Art on the Edge: Extreme Dance, Performance, and More

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Independent Lens
PBS


In tandem with PBS premiere of Born to Fly, about "extreme action architect" Elizabeth Streb, here's a compilation of other examples of “extreme” performance and visual art, some even more out there than Streb’s work. Continue


Wolf Hall: Episode 6

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Masterpiece
PBS


Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust. Henry instructs Cromwell to rid him of his second queen. Sensing her loss of favor, the queen’s enemies gather. Continue


Twilight: Los Angeles

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Great Performances
PBS


Online debut: April 29, 2015. Anna Deavere Smith's powerful one-woman theater piece about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the L.A. riots on America's conscience. Award-winning director Marc Levin weaves Smith's stage performance with news footage and interviews to create a portrait of rage, sorrow, loss, and battered hope. Continue


View the National Memorial Day Concert Star-Studded Lineup

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National Memorial Day Concert
PBS


The 26th annual broadcast will include star-studded performances from some of the country’s most respected dignitaries, musical and performing artists. Find out who will be gracing the stage at this year’s National Memorial Day Concert. Continue


How Ballet Dancers Partner and Rehearse

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American Masters
PBS


American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes rehearse a section of Pillar of Fire by Antony Tudor. They describe their partnering work and friendship that has formed while dancing together in the company since 1997. This is an outtake from American Ballet Theatre: A History, premiering May 15 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Dancer Julie Kent on Beauty and Humanity

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American Masters
PBS


Julie Kent, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, joined the company in 1985 and will retire in 2015 after the company's spring season at Lincoln Center. In this film excerpt, she recalls a note she was given by Natasha Makarova before her debut in the ballet Bayadère. Makarova wrote, "Someone once said beauty can save the world. What a great responsibility you have on your shoulders.” Continue


Seeking Perfection in Ballet

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American Masters
PBS


In this film outtake, Daniil Simkin, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, performs excerpts from Benjamin Millepied's "Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once" (2009). Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, Simkin, and Susan Jaffe, a former American Ballet Theatre dancer (1980-2002), speak about ballet dancers' constant search for perfection. Continue


Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre Soloist

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American Masters
PBS


Misty Copeland joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and is its third African-American female soloist and the first in two decades. Ric Burns’ documentary on the 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company includes rehearsal footage and interviews with Copeland. American Ballet Theatre: A History premieres Friday, May 15 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Mr. Selfridge, Season 3: Episode 8

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Masterpiece
PBS


With Harry’s future hanging in the balance, the store throws the sale to end all sales. Cupid also makes some final decisions. Continue


Action Heroes of Dance: They Were Born to Fly

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Independent Lens
PBS


Two of the fearless dancers featured in the Independent Lens film "Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity" open up about what it's like to spend the workday running, dancing, ducking, falling, and spinning in this unusual, extreme action troupe. Continue


Vittorio Grigolo and Christine Rice in 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 opera. Here he sings a duet with English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who plays the Venetian courtesan Giulietta. GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann premieres Sunday, May 10 at noon on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Wolf Hall: Episode 5

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Masterpiece
PBS


With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour. Anne hears of this and threatens Cromwell to make terms with her before her son is born. But has she overplayed her cards? Continue


Gloria Estefan Honors Her Father

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National Memorial Day Concert
PBS


Gloria and Emilio Estefan were given the National Artistic Achievement Award on A Capitol Fourth (2005). Gloria dedicated her award to her father, a Vietnam War veteran. In the 2015 National Memorial Day Concert, Gloria will perform in tribute to her father and all veterans who have faced adversity. Continue


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