Great Performances has provided viewers an unparalleled showcase of the best of the performing arts. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.Premiered October 18, 2013
Distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel leads the fifth annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013 concert, featuring the works of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom would have celebrated their 200th birthday in 2013. German Canadian tenor soloist Michael Schade joins the
orchestra in a free concert in the baroque gardens of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace.
This treasure trove of musical clips overflows with the very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and many more artists.
Beside the shimmering harbor waters, Bocelli performs some of the world’s most famous love songs, including “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Champagne,” “Love Me Tender,” and in duet with the late, legendary Edith Piaf, “La Vie en Rose.”Premiered March 3, 2013
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies begins with Paul Simon’s 2011 emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album Graceland, but it unfolds into a kaleidoscopic portrait of the turbulent birth and ever-shifting life of a work of art.Premiered January 4, 2013
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the fourth time to host the festive annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst from Vienna’s Musikverein.Premiered January 1, 2013
The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour is the controversial surreal film made by The Beatles and broadcast by the BBC in 1967. Unavailable for decades, the film was broadcast on Great Performances on December 14, 2012. The film is a surreal take on the British working class tradition of a coach trip to the seaside, featuring an eccentric cast of characters, some played by professional actors.Premiered December 14, 2012
The story behind the controversial and surreal Beatles film features new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Magical Mystery Tour was chock-full of thinly veiled references to psychedelia, anarchy and fantasy, all in the setting of a traditional British sightseeing bus outing to the seaside. This was a far cry from the innocent, loveable mop-top japery of Help! and A Hard Day’s Night.Premiered December 14, 2012
This rare concert features McCartney with Diana Krall and other top-flight musicians performing standards from McCartney’s acclaimed album Kisses on the Bottom and exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews.Premiered September 7, 2012