Harper Lee: American Masters

Six Degrees of Harper Lee

Author Harper Lee satisfied generations of readers with just one novel: To Kill A Mockingbird (1960). We’ll be reunited with the same beloved characters on July 14, 2015, when Go Set a Watchman, the novel she wrote first, is finally published. In the spirit of connections to the past, American Masters looks into its vault to […]

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Filmmaker Interview with Ric Burns

In this filmmaker interview, Ric Burns describes what camera techniques he used to capture the ephemeral nature of dance on film, as well as how he came to discover ballet through the process of filmmaking. Watch his documentary American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History.

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Stunning Ballet Dancer GIFs

Watch the dancers of America Ballet Theatre in these six stunning GIFs showing off their expert technique and the company’s repertory from the past 75 years. Misty Copeland in Sleeping Beauty Misty Copeland, soloist, performs an arabesque from Sleeping Beauty, staged by American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Fancy […]

American Ballet Theatre: A History

A Day in the Life of a Dancer

Gillian Murphy, a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, shares a diary entry from her jam-packed rehearsal day. After company class, she rehearsed dances for 6.5 hours to prepare for American Ballet Theatre’s 75th anniversary season. The journal also records the dancer’s meals and to-do list. Murphy appears in American Ballet Theatre: A History, streaming […]

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Photo Gallery: 75 Years of American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre: 75th Anniversary is a soft-cover book of photographs of the ballet company’s dancers, past and present, and articles written on the occasion of the company’s 75th anniversary. A limited number are available for sale through shopPBS.

American Ballet Theatre: A History

Company History

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT is the only major cultural institution that annually tours the United States. Over its […]

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Book Excerpt from Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia: His Carnegie Hall Debut

Sixteen-year-old Jascha Heifetz’s American debut, Carnegie Hall, October 27, 1917 Book excerpt courtesy of Indiana University Press. All rights reserved. On the day of Jascha’s American concert debut, people filed into the building until they were turned away: “The audience that witnessed the debut at Carnegie Hall Saturday afternoon was not only very large,” wrote […]