Regional Performance

Twilight: Los Angeles

About the Production

UPDATED April 26, 2017 On the 25th anniversary of the LA riots, Great Performances presents Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, available to stream online. This riveting theatrical account of the 1992 riots from multiple points of view continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of today’s current events. It originally aired on PBS in 2001. […]

Let Me Down Easy

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Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). 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 […]

Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock launched the LA Phil’s 2011/12 season with a sparkling George Gershwin gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall in September. “This is the first time as a professional musician that I’ll be playing a piece that’s essentially classical music with jazz overtones […]

Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

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An American favorite for his award-winning role in the hit TV series House, the versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric personal odyssey filmed on location in New Orleans. Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, September 30 at […]

A Concert for New York

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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

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.

Production Announcement

Conceived, written and performed by Smith, the production – exploring the health care system and the way our bodies carry us through life – marks the actress, playwright, and author’s third play on PBS, to air on Great Performances 2011-2012.

Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium

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Shortly before the demolition of New York City’s Shea Stadium in July 2008, Billy Joel electrified audiences with two memorable concerts at the arena. Joel’s special guests included Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Sir Paul McCartney whose 1965 appearance there with the Beatles was so iconic. Hear those songs are performed in full in Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium in March on Great Performances.

Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends

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Maestro to the stars David Foster, who has collaborated with some of the greatest superstars in music, returns to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances series with several of his favorite artists for a magnificent night of music: Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends is scheduled to air this March 2011 on PBS (check local listings).