Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett! Watch His Cheek to Cheek Concert Online

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 […]

E. L. Doctorow: In Memoriam

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 […]

Jon Vickers: In Memoriam

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: In Memoriam

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.

B.B. King: In Memoriam (1925 – 2015)

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.”

Judy Garland Anniversary Date on PBS

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.