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.
Great Performances announces the 10th season of Great Performances at The Met, which includes 10 magnificent productions from The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, including Otello, Lulu, Tannhauser, Madama Butterfly and more.
Great Performances mourns the death of musician, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint (January 14, 1938 - November 10, 2015), a native of New Orleans, LA, who defined New Orleans R&B. It was Great Performances' honor to present Toussaint's artistry in Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues (2011).
Chita Rivera and Café Carlyle have announced the Broadway legend's two-week cabaret engagement at the quintessential supper club in New York City. Here's what we think might be on the music menu.
Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is reaching another milestone this summer: for the 49th time in his career, he will perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. He'll accomplish this at the Edinburgh International Festival, in nine sold-out concerts held at Edinburgh University’s intimate 18th-century Playfair Library, between August 8 and August 26.
Great Performances wishes the great Tony Bennett a very happy 89th birthday. The legendary singer and PBS series regular was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens in New York City. To celebrate his birthday and the Emmy nomination of his live concert program Tony Bennett & Lady […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of American author E. L. Doctorow, who died July 21, 2015, at the age of 84 after complications from lung cancer. As a critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Doctorow was lauded for his singular ability to capture the rhythms of bygone eras in a way that resonated with contemporary […]
Throughout his 30-year career, Jon Vickers roused audiences with his herculean vocals, intense stage presence, and utter commitment to his roles. We were very fortunate to present Mr. Vickers on GREAT PERFORMANCES in Pagliacci (1984) and Otello (1987).
Margaret Juntwait (March 18, 1957 – June 3, 2015), the voice of Great Performances at the Met, was heard over the funding credits, as well as on promotional spots for the series. She also appeared on camera during the intermission features of several broadcasts over the years.
In her interview tonight on MetroFocus in the New York City metropolitan area, Anna Deavere Smith speaks about race, her hometown of Baltimore, and her current work-in-progress, The Pipeline Project.