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 […]

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Filmmaker Statement: Three Key Assets for the Documentary

Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen (American Masters — Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge) uncovers the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso, for American Masters. Rosen cites three key assets that helped him decide to make […]

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Biography and Timeline

Jascha Heifetz Biography From the Jascha Heifetz Biography at www.JaschaHeifetz.com, © 2010 John and John Anthony Maltese More than a century after his public debut, the name Jascha Heifetz (1901 – 1987) continues to evoke awe and excitement among fellow musicians. In a performing career that spanned 65 years, he established an unparalleled standard of […]

Judy Garland: By Myself

Top Performers Pay Tribute to Judy Garland

The artistry of singer and actress Judy Garland (1922 – 1969) is a living legacy upheld by the great singers of our time. American Masters asked performing artists who hold Garland’s work close to their hearts and in their own personal repertory what inspires them most about “the hardest working woman in Hollywood.” The national […]

Sun Records

Director Bruce Sinofsky: An In Memoriam Tribute

Bruce Sinofsky (1956 – 2015) wrote, directed and produced the two-hour American Masters documentary Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records (2001). In this filmmaker interview, he says his reason for making the film was to pay tribute to the musicians who formed the foundation of Sun Records and rock and roll. They may […]

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Filmmaker Interview with Sam Pollard

Filmmaker Sam Pollard’s latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this interview Pollard speaks about August Wilson’s relevance, interviewing actors, surprises and more. “[Wilson] stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard.

“He stands head and shoulders with Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller,” says Pollard. “People know their works and I want them to know the works of August Wilson.”