In Memoriam

In Memoriam: John Hoffee
In Memoriam: John Hoffee

The Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers of WNET are saddened by the passing of John Hoffee, Trustee of the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Intelligent, kindhearted and considerate, John was a person of consummate taste and a true champion of arts and culture. An enthusiastic supporter of our PBS ...

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In Memoriam: Terrence McNally

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of five-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, whose work was first featured on the series in 1979 with his screenplay adaptation of the John Cheever short story "The Five Forty-Eight" starring Laurence Luckinbill and Mary Beth Hurt.  In 1992, McNally wrote the screenplay for "The ...

In Memoriam: Rosalind P. Walter
In Memoriam: Rosalind P. Walter

Yesterday, we learned the news that longtime WNET trustee Rosalind P. Walter passed away. She was a remarkable ambassador and advocate and exceptionally generous supporter of WNET and public television for more than 30 years.

In a note to Trustees today, WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro said, “Roz told me many times ...

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In Memoriam: Soprano Mirella Freni

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GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Mirella Freni, one of the preeminent  lyric sopranos of her generation who memorably starred in several GREAT PERFORMANCES opera presentations including “Madama Butterfly” (1976), “The Marriage of Figaro" (1977) “Faust” (1980), “Otello” (1987) and “Aida” (1987).  In this clip from ...

In Memoriam: Broadway Singer & Actress Diahann Carroll
In Memoriam: Broadway Singer & Actress Diahann Carroll

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Diahann Carroll, the groundbreaking star of Broadway, film and television. After her film debut in “Carmen Jones” (1954), Carroll made her Broadway debut in “House of Flowers” (1958), winning a Best Actress Tony Award for “No Strings” (1962). She made history with the 1968 ...

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In Memoriam: Opera Singer Jessye Norman

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the untimely passing of Jessye Norman, one of the preeminent dramatic sopranos of her generation.  Her various appearances on GREAT PERFORMANCES include "Mozart in Salzburg," "Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman Sing Spirituals" (both in 1990), and Stravinky's opera oratorio "Oedipus Rex" directed by Julie Taymor with Seiji ...

In Memoriam: Broadway Director and Producer Hal Prince

Harold Prince: The Director’s Life

In Memoriam: Broadway Director and Producer Hal Prince

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of pioneering producer and director Harold Prince, whose seven decades in the theater spanned from Broadway’s mid-century Golden Age to the contemporary blockbusters of today.

Prince’s publicist Rick Miramontez confirmed Prince died Wednesday, after a brief illness in Reykjavik, Iceland. He was 91.

Honored with 21 Tony ...

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In Memoriam: Lewis Cullman

Great Performances mourns the passing Lewis Cullman, who for decades along with his late wife Dorothy was one of New York City's leading patrons of arts and cultural institutions.  In addition to select Great Performances programs, the Cullmans' support of arts and culture programs produced and presented on PBS by THIRTEEN included such multi-part ...

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In Memoriam: André Previn

Great Performances mourns the passing of pianist, conductor and composer André Previn, whose prodigious talents spanned across many genres including pop, musical theater, jazz, classical and opera. Previn’s appearances on Great Performances reflected this extraordinary range over four diverse programs: Rubinstein Plays Chopin (1975) and Rubinstein at 90 (1977), featuring Previn conducting the London Symphony, as well ...

In Memoriam: Carol Channing
In Memoriam: Carol Channing

Great Performances mourns the passing of Broadway legend Carol Channing, whose memorable appearances on the series included Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne in 1987 and “Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Bowl” in 1994.  Channing was also interviewed for the six-part Broadway: The American Musical in 2004.  In this clip from The Music of Jule ...