Great Performances 2015 – 2016 Season

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.

Allen Toussaint: In Memoriam

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).

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.