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.
Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King died on Thursday, May 2014. In a distinguished career as one of the most influential blues musicians, he earned the nickname “The King of the Blues.”
Mark Morris and Rudolf Nureyev, both featured in Great Performances programs, have been announced as the 2015 inductees into the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame at The National Museum of Dance in New York.
Thirty years ago this Friday evening on March 22, 1985, PBS premiered the Great Performances program, Judy Garland: The Concert Years. Tonight Judy is back again with American Masters - Judy Garland: By Myself.
Great Performances celebrates opera great Mirella Freni's 80th birthday.