Hamilton in :60 The Immigrant

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 […]

Fyvush Finkel: In Memoriam

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 […]

Elie Wiesel: In Memoriam

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 […]

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 […]