documentary

Pearl Jam Twenty

About the Documentary Film

American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Pearl Jam Twenty, premiering nationally Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings). Academy Award®-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus over 24 hours […]

James Levine: The Life In Music

Levine on his Childhood

In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine remembers growing up with a father who led a dance band that broadcast from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and recalls his first piano lessons.

James Levine: The Life In Music

Interview with Filmmaker Susan Froemke

Susan Froemke answered questions via email about the making of the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro. “I knew that Maestro Levine was a genius musically. I saw it every time I filmed him rehearsing with his orchestra, working with a renowned singer or coaching a young artist. What I wasn’t aware of was his business acumen—something often lacking in artists.”

James Levine: The Life In Music

James Levine Conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, Levine conducts the Met Opera Orchestra in their first rehearsal of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at Carnegie Hall and engages the orchestra with his unique style of direction. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).

James Levine: The Life In Music

Layla Claire Rehearses with James Levine

In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, watch Maestro Levine rehearse with and give advice to the young artist Layla Claire in List Hall. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).

James Levine: The Life In Music

James Levine Conducts Simon Boccanegra

In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, hear a story from David Langlitz, the Principal Trombone for the Met Orchestra, that illuminates Levine’s unique sensitivity to sound and watch Levine conduct a dress rehearsal of Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 8 p.m. (check local […]

James Levine: The Life In Music

About the Documentary Film

Exploring the conductor’s life and current work, the one-hour documentary film captures the essence of one of classical music’s authentic giants. Looking back at creative milestones since his 1971 Met debut at the age of 28, the film reveals how Levine’s unparalleled musicianship and singular teaching and performance styles make his relationship with the company unique in today’s music world.

John Muir in the New World

Outtakes: The Alaskan Expedition

Hear stories from one of John Muir’s expeditions in Alaska with his colleage and companion S. Hall Young, including a tale of Muir’s rescue of Young during a very near brush with death in these outtakes from the documentary John Muir in the New World. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 at […]

John Muir in the New World

Timeline of John Muir’s Life

This chronology of Muir’s life plots a history of his travels, career in writing, conservation efforts, and political victories for the National Parks. See many of these moments reenacted in John Muir in the New World airing Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21).

John Muir in the New World

Read a Biographical Essay, John Muir: Nature’s Witness

Read a short biography of John Muir’s travels in the Americas and learn about the luminaries that paved the way for his philosophies of naturalism and preservation. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 on PBS (check local listings).