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Coming Soon to Independent Lens: Born to Fly

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Independent Lens
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Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of choreographer and “extreme action architect“ Elizabeth Streb’s more than 30 years of movement philosophy. The film culminates with Streb and her dancers preparing and presenting gravity-defying performances in London’s Cultural Olympiad leading up to the 2012 Olympics. 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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American Masters
PBS


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


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


March 20 Preview: Helen Mirren

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Charlie Rose The Week
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This week, Charlie Rose speaks with Helen Mirren about her new role as Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway in the play "The Audience." Charlie also asks her about her tattoo, which she got on a Native American reservation. Continue


GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera. The dynamic young cast includes Lawrence Brownlee; Isabel Leonard; and Christopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting. Continue


Norm Lewis: Who Am I? - Preview

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


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


Artist Amy Franceshini wants to confuse you…and that’s good

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Amy Franceschini creates collaborative art that she hopes will confuse the viewer so that they are more open to discovery. 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


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

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Great Performances Exclusive
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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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Great Performances
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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


American Ballet Theatre: A History

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American Masters Exclusive
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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


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


Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro Excerpts

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See excerpts from Mark Morris’s signature work, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, filmed at his group's engagement at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, in July 2014. The three sections seen here are Populous Cities from Act II; The Hunt, a playful scene from Act I; and the joyful finale. The music is by George Frideric Handel, with libretto based on John Milton's poetry. Continue


Helen Mirren on Queen Elizabeth II and Tattoos

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Charlie Rose The Week
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Helen Mirren discusses her new role as Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway in the play "The Audience" and talks about the time she got a tattoo on a Native American reservation. 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


Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul - Preview

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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


Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro

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Great Performances
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Choreographer Mark Morris’s signature work comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris garnered international fame for this piece, set to George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with poetry by Milton. This performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. Continue


Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show

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PBS Specials
PBS


Shirley Jones presents rarely seen performances by legendary stars from Broadway’s Golden Age, including favorite songs from beloved musicals My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Sweet Charity and more. Continue


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