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The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

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The Thomashefskys brings to life the words and music of the American Yiddish theater. The story’s lead characters-Bessie and Boris Thomashefky-also happen to be the grandparents of San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Bessie and Boris emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, and while still in their teens, […]

Let Me Down Easy

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Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, launching a national tour that concluded in September. Smith, through her chameleon-like […]

The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet

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John Neumeier — director and chief choreographer for Hamburg Ballet — blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle into a unique interpretation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. With choreography, sets, costumes, and lighting, all by Neumeier, this ballet—as much theater as it is dance—takes the dancers into deep emotional terrain.

Il Postino From LA Opera

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Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Italian film that became a surprise hit with audiences around the world, and also on the 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, Il Postino, an opera by Daniel Catán, tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to […]

Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

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This comprehensive performance documentary, the first profile of the tenor in a decade, features the celebrated tenor – and general director of both the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera – as he looks back and reflects with heartfelt candor on his choicest roles from opera houses around the world – Simon Boccanegra […]

A Concert for New York

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Watch 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 Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. Hosted by NBC News special correspondent and author Tom […]

A Concert for New York

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Watch an unedited version of the program on the Great Performances Web Site.

Rigoletto from Mantua

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Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo in the baritone title role of Rigoletto; Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile. The film is recorded in in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours […]

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

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On May 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall commemorated 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. Watch the full concert here on the Great Performances […]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler’s 7th

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Watch the full 90 minute concert of Boulez conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7. Learn more about Pierre Boulez on the Deutsche Grammophon Web site.