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GP at The Met: Falstaff

Love in the Kitchen in Act II

The freshly roasted turkey is hot, and so is the passion and comedy in this lovers’ kitchen scene from Act II of Falstaff. The Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri is Sir John Falstaff and the American soprano Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many women who whets Falstaff’s appetite. Watch Act II Kitchen Scene from […]

GP at The Met: Falstaff

About the Performance

Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Metropolitan Opera production in 50 years — and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years — airs Sunday, April 13 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air […]

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

Donald Fagen Live: “Kid Charlemagne”

Steely Dan combined rock, jazz and funk in “Kid Charlemagne,” a single off the band’s 1976 album, The Royal Scam. Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the song alludes to figures in the drug culture of 1960s San Francisco. Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald accompany Donald Fagen in a live performance of “Kid Charlemagne” […]

GP at the Met: Tosca (2014)

Tosca Aria “Vissi d’arte”

American Soprano Patricia Racette sings the aria “Vissi d’arte” from Act II of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. Watch Excerpt of Tosca Aria “Vissi d’arte” Tosca, Puccini’s enduring favorite opera, starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna and George Gagnidze, returns to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check […]

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

Boz Scaggs Live: “Lowdown”

Boz Scagg’s smooth “Lowdown” off his 1976 album, Silk Degrees, was Scagg’s first major hit and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. “Lowdown” was an unexpected success for Scaggs, who co-wrote the song with David Paich (who later helped form the band Toto). Scagg’s voice is as mellow and smooth as ever in […]

GP at the Met: Tosca (2014)

About the Performance

Tosca, Puccini’s enduring favorite opera, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program on Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m.) Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

“Sun’s Gonna Shine” Live Performance

“Sun’s Gonna Shine” is a collaboration between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on the album, “Love Has Come For You” (2013). The evening of Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass took place at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. The program comes to PBS in March […]

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

Michael McDonald Live: “I Keep Forgettin’”

Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (1982), is a hit from his debut solo album If That’s What It Takes, released the same year The Doobie Brothers disbanded. Joining him on stage in this concert performance is Donald Fagan (piano) and Boz Scaggs (guitar). Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

Funny Banjo Players: Five Plucky Pairings of Comedy and Music

Great Performances takes a look at performers for whom comedy is not enough: more five-string banjo, please. 1. Steve Martin Switches Up His Talents Steve Martin used to bring his banjo to stand-up comedy gigs to fill the time allotment. Now he tells jokes between songs at his concerts. Martin’s first two Grammys in the […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

“The Crow” Performed Live

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform  “The Crow,” the title of song of his album The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo that won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Great Performances: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert premieres on PBS in March […]