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.
Hamilton’s America is a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical Hamilton, coming to Great Performances in fall 2016 as part of PBS Arts. Produced by RadicalMedia, the performance documentary features scenes from “Hamilton” and interviews with key thinkers and artists.
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.
Listen in to find out which office skill landed Executive Producer David Horn his first job at THIRTEEN, the producing station of Great Performances in New York City, and what it's like to work with performing arts legends.
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 […]
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.