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Jascha Heifetz - Biography and Timeline

The name Jascha Heifetz continues to evoke awe and excitement among fellow musicians more than century after his public debut. In a performing career that spanned 65 years, he established an unparalleled standard of violin playing to which violinists around the world still aspire.

Mar 25th, 2015 | 0 comments

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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Music in August Wilson's Work

Learn how Kathryn Bostic scored August Wilson's plays and the film August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand; what songs Wynton Marsalis played at Wilson's funeral; and how actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson became a blues harmonica player.

Feb 12th, 2015 | 0 comments

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Bing Crosby - Performance: "The Second Time Around" and Other Love Songs

See a web exclusive video of Bing Crosby's performance of "The Second Time Around" in 1961, and listen to a great collection of Bing's love songs selected by American Masters.

Dec 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Bing Crosby - Performance: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin

America's most famous crooners have a swell time singing a number from the musical Guys and Dolls in a television special in 1964.

Nov 20th, 2014 | 0 comments

Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby Biography

He referred to himself as "an average guy who could carry a tune," but Bing Crosby was a star and force behind music, film, and broadcasting in the 20th century.

Nov 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

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American Masters Who Shaped Black History

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at some of its artists and advocates who shaped America's culture, changed the course of history, and took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and just society for all.

Feb 19th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Pete Seeger - Full Film: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

In memoriam to Pete Seeger, American Masters presents the full film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song online. PBS will rebroadcast the 2008 documentary beginning January 30, 2014. Check local listings.

Jan 30th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpt: Sweet Smell of Success

The Broadway musical "Sweet Smell of Success," based on the 1950s film, earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Its star John Lithgow, who won the Tony for Best Actor, describes Marvin Hamlisch's score as having hallucinogenic colors. Hear parts of the music and see annotated pages from the score.

Dec 23rd, 2013 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpt: Leaving Hollywood for Broadway

Early in his Hollywood career, Hamlisch won three Oscars in one night. But Broadway, the composer's first love, beckoned. His next project was writing the score to the Broadway sensation and Pulitzer Prize winner, "A Chorus Line."

Dec 19th, 2013 | 0 comments
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