“After I came to America, my one aim, it seems, was to enjoy myself,” said the violinist whose fame grew with his Carnegie Hall debut and first audio recordings made in 1917. Jascha Heifetz (b. 1901) bought a large home in Narragansett, a car, and camera equipment with which he pursued his beloved hobby of filmmaking. In his early 20s, he allowed himself to socialize and have fun, something that was lacking in his childhood.
The one-hour documentary American Masters — Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler premieres nationwide Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Major market premieres include Thursday, April 16 at 8 pm on WTTW11 in Chicago and WHYY-TV in Philadelphia and 10:30 pm on THIRTEEN in New York, and Friday, April 17 at 8 pm on KERA in Dallas, 8:30 pm on WETA TV 26 in Washington, D.C., and 9 pm on PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, on KQED in San Francisco, on WGBH 2 in Boston and on Houston Public Media.