GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of legendary blues and gospel singer Linda Hopkins, who memorably co-starred with Ruth Brown in Black and Blue, a musical revue celebrating the blues and dance music between the World Wars. Nominated for ten Tony Awards and winning three, the show was recorded by GREAT PERFORMANCES for PBS broadcast in […]
Each time I go to the theater, there’s a hush that falls over the crowded hall as I wait in anticipation of what will unfold on the stage. And for the past thirty years the team at Great Performances has sought to deliver that same thrill to millions of viewers. With the proposed federal budget […]
Join Joan Hershey as she live tweets New York City Ballet in Paris and New York City Ballet Symphony in C from @GPerfPBS. The two-part special airs on Friday, February 17th and February 24th at 9PM (check local listings). Joan Hershey joined the staff of Great Performances as producer in May 2008, and has been the editorial director […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Glenn DuBose, an award-winning producer, director and administrator of arts programming, who died November 10, 2016, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach at the age of 81. DuBose produced or directed more than 60 national arts programs for public television, including the 1996 GREAT PERFORMANCES production of […]
Being an immigrant was a part of Hamilton’s identity that he carried with him his entire life. Watch the first episode of Hamilton in :60 The Immigrant and learn more about Alexander Hamilton. Major corporate funding provided by BNY Mellon. Alexander Hamilton was born to unmarried parents in the British West Indies. Because his parents […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Fyvush Finkel, who rose to fame as a leading star of New York City’s vibrant Yiddish Theater and later transitioned into mainstream roles on Broadway as well as in film and television. In November 1995, Finkel made a memorable guest appearance along with actor Red Buttons in “Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House,” joining the legendary violin virtuoso on […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of writer, professor, political activist, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, whose tireless work to document the Holocaust as well as defend human rights and victims of oppression everywhere was recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. In 2014, Wiesel was featured in GREAT PERFORMANCES’ “Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot,” a musical exploration of Jewish liturgical […]
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway blockbuster (and perpetually sold-out) Hamilton has made history with 16 nominations, beating out the previous record of 15 nominations held by Billy Elliot (2001) and The Producers (2009).
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the age of 86. Born in Berlin in 1929, Harnoncourt joined the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as a cellist in 1952 after a demanding audition with Karl Böhm, which he recalls with humor in an […]
Highlights of the Grammy Awards broadcast on February 15 will be a performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Broadway's Hamilton, a tribute to the late David Bowie by Lady Gaga, and another chance for Tony Bennett to win for Traditional Pop Vocal Album.