Nikolaus Harnoncourt: In Memoriam

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 […]

Hamilton Cast and Lady Gaga Perform at Grammy Awards

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.

Pierre Boulez: In Memoriam

Pierre Boulez appeared in Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler’s 7th (2010) and The Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Lisbon (2003), and conducted the first televised version of the Ring --- an eight-part adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle from the Bayreuth Festival (1983), which debuted on Great Performances.

Natalie Cole: In Memoriam

Great Performances mourns the untimely passing of Natalie Cole, whose many GP appearances began in 1992 with the Emmy-winning Unforgettable, With Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole, a concert of jazz and pop songbook standards from her Grammy-winning tribute album to her legendary father, Nat King Cole. In addition to two additional solo shows, she also hosted a program on Ella […]

Lyric Opera’s Bel Canto: A Tale from Terrorism, on Stage

On December 7, The Lyric Opera of Chicago will present the world premiere Bel Canto, based on Ann Patchett's prize-winning novel, with music by composer Jimmy López and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. The narrative draws from a crisis in 1996, when terrorists took hundreds hostage in Lima, Peru.

Great Performances 2015 – 2016 Season

For its 43rd season on PBS, Great Performances reflects on the past by welcoming to our broadcast stage some performances that transform the old into the new. Be ready for Wars of the Roses with Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench; Joan Baez's 75th Birthday Celebration; the past and present of The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals; and much more.