Billy Elliot the Musical Live

The Coal Miners’ Strike of 1984-1985

In Billy Elliot the Musical Live, young Billy Elliot starts studying ballet during the infamous coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985, a real event in Great Britain’s history. Billy takes a brave step in a direction his family doesn’t approve, and couldn’t even financially support if they did. His widowed father and older brother work in […]

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

British Slang and Terms

By Christina Knight for Great Performances A coal-mining town in the North East of England is the setting for Billy Elliot the Musical Live (and the film it is is based on, Billy Elliot). The story of a boy fighting for what he wants and the dramatization of the infamous, year-long coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985 […]

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

Preview the Musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Live, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London’s West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The acclaimed musical airs as part of the PBS Art Fall Festival. Recorded at the show’s West End home at the […]

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

Full Episode

Led by guest conductor Zubin Mehta, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 12th open-air summer concert, this time with a Scandinavian flavor, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The varied program includes favorites by Grieg, Sibelius and Lumbye. The concert soloist is the internationally acclaimed Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder. Learn […]

GP at the Met: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

About the Operas

Opera’s most popular double bill, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, starring Marcelo Álvarez, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Patricia Racette, comes to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, September 6 at 12 pm on PBS. (Check local listings; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the operas at 12:30 pm.) Sir David McVicar directs the first new Met production […]

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

Zubin Mehta Conducts Wiener Blut Waltz

Zubin Mehta, guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic at it annual summer concert, leads the orchestra in Johann Strauss II’s great Viennese waltz, Wiener Blut. Footage from the concert includes aerial views of the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, the palace itself and the audience joining the music with dance.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

Pianist Ruldolf Buchbinder

Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, soloist at the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015, performs Alfred Grünfeld’s “Soirée de Vienne.” Grünfeld (1852 – 1924) was an Austrian pianist and composer who was once court pianist to Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany and a professor at the Vienna Conservatory. Buchbinder, an acclaimed performer, has toured with the […]

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto

Guest conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16, with Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. This free outdoor concert, recorded in May 2015, has a Scandinavian program but it ends as it does every year with a performance of the great Viennese waltz Wiener Blut by Johann […]