concerts

Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration from Madison Square Garden

In Memoriam to Pete Seeger. Watch Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration from Madison Square Garden

In memoriam to Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan. 27, 2014), Great Performances looks back to his milestone birthday concert in 2009. With a career spanning more than half a century, renowned folk artist, political activist, and avid environmentalist, Pete Seeger, turned 90 in May of 2009. In honor of the milestone birthday, a […]

Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

Interview with Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie talks about his love of the blues and New Orleans in this behind-the-scenes interview for his upcoming program for Great Performances, Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk.

A Concert for New York

About the Program

UPDATE: Due to the presidential address, the broadcast time of the concert on 9/11 has been changed to 9:30 p.m. In remembrance and renewal, THIRTEEN’S Great Performances will broadcast A Concert for New York , performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , led by Music Director […]

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3

John Mayer Trio plays “Who Did You Think I Was”

John Mayer Trio, after an introduction by comedian Bill Murray dressed as Elvis on stage, play their hit song “Who Did You Think I Was” for the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival III concert for a sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 music fans at Chicago’s Toyota Park. Highlights from this concert will be broadcast […]

Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert

Jackie Evancho sings “Angel”

Watch Jackie Evancho perform Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel” for the GREAT PERFORMANCES Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert. The concert is telecast throughout June, 2011 on PBS stations (check local listings).

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3

About the Concert

In June 2010, Eric Clapton gathered the world’s most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival. All profits benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency. Two hours of highlights, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3, will air June 6 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert

About the Program

Taped at Sarasota’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the program, co-hosted by David Foster, celebrates the release of her first full-length solo album. Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert, marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice. The Great Performances special will be telecast in June on PBS stations.

Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

About the Concert

On May 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall will commemorate its 120th anniversary with an all-star gala concert featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and special guests pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma,  violinist Gil Shaham, and the four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald. Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert — featuring the […]

Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium

“Captain Jack”

Shortly before the demolition of New York City’s Shea Stadium in July 2008, superstar Billy Joel electrified audiences with two memorable concerts at the historic arena. Watch him perform the 1973 classic “Captain Jack” in that concert.

Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium

“Piano Man”

Chosen as the last rock act to play the venue, Billy Joel staged his “Last Play at Shea” concerts on July 16 and July 18, 2008, rocking a combined audience of 110,000 fans with one of the most emotionally charged shows ever played at the historic stadium. Watch him perform his classic anthem “Piano Man” […]