Great Performances

Great Performances

1978 - 2017, Arts / Culture, Dance, Other
Presentations of the performing arts.

Episode Guide

  • Great Performances - Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live (Season 43 Episode 18)
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    Season 43 Episode 18:

    Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live

    The Moody Blues perform the "Days of Future Passed" album in its entirety in Toronto.

  • Great Performances - Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn -- The Broadway Musical (Season 43 Episode 17)
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    Season 43 Episode 17:

    Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn -- The Broadway Musical

    A Broadway adaptation of the 1942 movie musical features dance numbers, comedy and music by Irving Berlin, including "White Christmas."

  • Great Performances - Indecent (Season 43 Episode 16)
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    Season 43 Episode 16:

    Indecent

    Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards, "Indecent" centers on a 1923 Broadway controversy.

  • Great Performances - Noel Coward's Present Laughter (Season 43 Episode 15)
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    Season 43 Episode 15:

    Noel Coward's Present Laughter

    A revival of Noël Coward's "Present Laughter" features Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders.

  • Great Performances - She Loves Me (Season 43 Episode 14)
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    Season 43 Episode 14:

    She Loves Me

    Two feuding store clerks find solace in each other as anonymous romantic pen pals.

  • Great Performances - Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017 (Season 43 Episode 13)
    Season 43 Episode 13:

    Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017

    The Recording Academy honors Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, producer Thom Bell, record executive Mo Ostin, Ralph S. Peer and the Velvet Underground.

  • Great Performances - Havana Time Machine (Season 43 Episode 12)
    Season 43 Episode 12:

    Havana Time Machine

    A performance documentary outlines the evolving cultural scene in Cuba; host Raul Malo.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017 (Season 43 Episode 11)
    Season 43 Episode 11:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017

    Christoph Eschenbach leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace; with guest soloist Renée Fleming.

  • Great Performances - Young Men (Season 43 Episode 10)
    Season 43 Episode 10:

    Young Men

    A film about the World War I experience features dancers from the BalletBoyz company.

  • Great Performances - Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars With the LA Phil (Season 43 Episode 9)
    Season 43 Episode 9:

    Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars With the LA Phil

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program featuring Latin tangos.

  • Great Performances - New York City Ballet Symphony in C (Season 43 Episode 8)
    Season 43 Episode 8:

    New York City Ballet Symphony in C

    The New York City Ballet performs two classic ballets by George Balanchine -- Georges Bizet's Symphony in C and Sonatine, set to the music of Maurice Ravel.

  • Great Performances - New York City Ballet in Paris (Season 43 Episode 7)
    Season 43 Episode 7:

    New York City Ballet in Paris

    The New York City Ballet performs an all-Balanchine program that includes the Walpurgisnacht Ballet and La valse, set to music by Charles Gounod and Maurice Ravel.

  • Great Performances - Bel Canto The Opera (Season 43 Episode 6)
    Season 43 Episode 6:

    Bel Canto The Opera

    Contemporary story inspired by the 126-day hostage crisis at the Japanese ambassador's house in Lima, Peru, which explores tensions and alliances between terrorists and hostages.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017 (Season 43 Episode 5)
    Season 43 Episode 5:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017

    The Vienna Philharmonic celebrates the New Year with Strauss Family waltzes, accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet; host Julie Andrews.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Richard III (Season 43 Episode 4)
    Season 43 Episode 4:

    The Hollow Crown: Richard III

    Richard's path to the throne appears clear after the murder of George, but the princes in the tower may raise suspicion.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II (Season 43 Episode 3)
    Season 43 Episode 3:

    The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II

    Queen Margaret overshadows King Henry; Edward IV takes the throne, but Richard eyes the crown.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I (Season 43 Episode 2)
    Season 43 Episode 2:

    The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I

    As war rages, divisions within the court threaten the crown; Henry VI marries Margaret of Anjou, causing outrage.

  • Great Performances - Grammy Salute to Music Legends (Season 43 Episode 1)
    Season 43 Episode 1:

    Grammy Salute to Music Legends

    A concert pays tribute to the 2016 Grammy special merit award recipients Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Hancock, Linda Ronstadt and Run-DMC.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016 (Season 42 Episode 6)
    Season 42 Episode 6:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016

    The Vienna Philharmonic performs a French program at Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace; guests include French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque.

  • Great Performances - Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration (Season 42 Episode 5)
    Season 42 Episode 5:

    Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration

    Artists help folk singer Joan Baez celebrate her 75th birthday at New York's Beacon Theater; performers include David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls and Damien Rice.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016 (Season 42 Episode 4)
    Season 42 Episode 4:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016

    The Vienna Philharmonic, accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet, performs Strauss family waltzes; host Julie Andrews.

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Cinema (Season 42 Episode 3)
    Season 42 Episode 3:

    Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

    Tenor Andrea Bocelli pays tribute to songs from the movies; with David Foster.

  • Great Performances - Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do (Season 42 Episode 2)
    Season 42 Episode 2:

    Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do

    A retrospective of Chita Rivera's film, television and stage career, including interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence and others.

  • Great Performances - Billy Elliot the Musical Live (Season 42 Episode 1)
    Season 42 Episode 1:

    Billy Elliot the Musical Live

    A performance of Elton John's Tony Award-winning musical "Billy Elliot," based on the 2000 film.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 (Season 41 Episode 14)
    Season 41 Episode 14:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

    The Vienna Philharmonic presents an open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace featuring solo pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

  • Great Performances - Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration With the LA Phil (Season 41 Episode 13)
    Season 41 Episode 13:

    Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration With the LA Phil

    Composer John Williams reunites with violinist Itzhak Perlman in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's celebration of Williams' achievements; host Natalie Portman.

  • Great Performances - Driving Miss Daisy (Season 41 Episode 12)
    Season 41 Episode 12:

    Driving Miss Daisy

    Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones strike up a friendship in this story of a woman and her chauffeur.

  • Great Performances - Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons Inaugural Concert (Season 41 Episode 11)
    Season 41 Episode 11:

    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons Inaugural Concert

    Celebrating the start of Andris Nelsons' tenure as the 15th music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

  • Great Performances - Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert (Season 41 Episode 10)
    Season 41 Episode 10:

    Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

    Singer Annie Lennox performs songs from her album "Nostalgia," including "Summertime," "Georgia on My Mind" and "God Bless the Child."

  • Great Performances - Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Season 41 Episode 9)
    Season 41 Episode 9:

    Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato

    Choreographer Mark Morris' 1988 dance piece set to Handel's "L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato."

  • Great Performances - Bryan Adams in Concert (Season 41 Episode 8)
    Season 41 Episode 8:

    Bryan Adams in Concert

    Bryan Adams performs his hits and audience favorites in Toronto.

  • Great Performances - La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema (Season 41 Episode 7)
    Season 41 Episode 7:

    La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

    A romantic concert features music from classic Italian movies including "Amarcord," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Life Is Beautiful."

  • Great Performances - American Voices With Renée Fleming (Season 41 Episode 6)
    Season 41 Episode 6:

    American Voices With Renée Fleming

    Highlights from a festival showcasing the wide range of vocal talent in America; host Renée Fleming.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015 (Season 41 Episode 5)
    Season 41 Episode 5:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015

    The Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna City Ballet celebrate the New Year in concert at the Musikverein in Vienna; host Julie Andrews.

  • Great Performances - Encores! Great Performances at the Met (Season 41 Episode 4)
    Season 41 Episode 4:

    Encores! Great Performances at the Met

    Nineteen arias and duets spanning eight seasons of "Great Performances at the Met"; host Deborah Voigt.

  • Great Performances - Cats (Season 41 Episode 3)
    Season 41 Episode 3:

    Cats

    Encore presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats."

  • Great Performances - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! (Season 41 Episode 2)
    Season 41 Episode 2:

    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform selections from their new album at New York's Rose Theater.

  • Great Performances - Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem (Season 41 Episode 1)
    Season 41 Episode 1:

    Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem

    Musical performances celebrate the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" live from Baltimore's harbor; hosts John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks.

  • Great Performances - Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot (Season 40 Episode 21)
    Season 40 Episode 21:

    Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot

    Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot perform liturgical and traditional works in arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer settings.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014 (Season 40 Episode 20)
    Season 40 Episode 20:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014

    Lang Lang performs with the Vienna Philharmonic in this open-air concert led by guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

  • Great Performances - Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl (Season 40 Episode 19)
    Season 40 Episode 19:

    Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl

    Music director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform Verdi's Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • Great Performances - Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty (Season 40 Episode 18)
    Season 40 Episode 18:

    Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

    Choreographer Matthew Bourne presents a highly theatrical production of "Sleeping Beauty," set to the music of Tchaikovsky.

  • Great Performances - Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Season 40 Episode 17)
    Season 40 Episode 17:

    Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    Highlights of 1992's concert tribute to Bob Dylan. Performers include The Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Eric Clapton, Shawn Colvin, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder.

  • Great Performances - Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September (Season 40 Episode 16)
    Season 40 Episode 16:

    Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

    As the group The Dukes of September, Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs perform songs from the 1960s and 1970s including "What a Fool Believes," "Lido Shuffle" and "Reelin' in the Years."

  • Great Performances - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell (Season 40 Episode 15)
    Season 40 Episode 15:

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell

    Backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin performs with Edie Brickell.

  • Great Performances - Sting: The Last Ship (Season 40 Episode 14)
    Season 40 Episode 14:

    Sting: The Last Ship

    Sting performs highlights from his musical play dramatizing the impact of the demise of the ship-building industry in Wallsend, England.

  • Great Performances - National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Season 40 Episode 13)
    Season 40 Episode 13:

    National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

    The Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years. Guests include James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett and Joan Plowright.

  • Great Performances - Barrymore (Season 40 Episode 12)
    Season 40 Episode 12:

    Barrymore

    This film adaptation of William Luce's 1997 play set in 1942 features Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014 (Season 40 Episode 11)
    Season 40 Episode 11:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014

    Guest conductor Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a New Year's celebration which includes Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet.

  • Great Performances - Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn (Season 40 Episode 10)
    Season 40 Episode 10:

    Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn

    Singer Barbra Streisand performs at the Barclays Center, marking her first concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., since her childhood years. Special guests include Il Volo, Chris Botti and Jason Gould.

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages (Season 40 Episode 9)
    Season 40 Episode 9:

    Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

    A 50th anniversary celebration of the launch of Luciano Pavarotti's career includes "Nessun Dorma" and arias from "La Boheme," "Rigoletto" and "Aida," as well as Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini.

  • Great Performances - Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (Season 40 Episode 8)
    Season 40 Episode 8:

    Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

    Hugh Jackman stars in the National Theatre's production of "Oklahoma!"

  • Great Performances - Stephen Sondheim's Company With the New York Philharmonic (Season 40 Episode 7)
    Season 40 Episode 7:

    Stephen Sondheim's Company With the New York Philharmonic

    A concert production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" features Neil Patrick Harris as a 35-year-old bachelor celebrating his birthday with 10 close friends.

  • Great Performances - Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera (Season 40 Episode 6)
    Season 40 Episode 6:

    Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera

    San Francisco Opera performs Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's adaptation of Melville's classic novel.

  • Great Performances - Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration (Season 40 Episode 5)
    Season 40 Episode 5:

    Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Guests celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Great Performances" on PBS. With appearances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin, Take 6, Elina Garanca and Michael Bublé.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry V (Season 40 Episode 4)
    Season 40 Episode 4:

    The Hollow Crown: Henry V

    The French challenge the English army to a battle at Agincourt.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2 (Season 40 Episode 3)
    Season 40 Episode 3:

    The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2

    The rebels continue to plot insurrection; Falstaff has expectations of high office, but he is rebuffed by the former prince, who has now become King Henry V.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1 (Season 40 Episode 2)
    Season 40 Episode 2:

    The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1

    Prince Hal joins his father, King Henry, to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury.

  • Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Richard II (Season 40 Episode 1)
    Season 40 Episode 1:

    The Hollow Crown: Richard II

    King Richard calls for a duel to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray; Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2013 (Season 39 Episode 10)
    Season 39 Episode 10:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2013

    Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's spring concert saluting Richard Wagner and Giuseppi Verdi; featuring tenor Michael Schade.

  • Great Performances - Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still (Season 39 Episode 9)
    Season 39 Episode 9:

    Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still

    Archival footage, performances and interviews with choreographers and dancers at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.

  • Great Performances - The Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris (Season 39 Episode 8)
    Season 39 Episode 8:

    The Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris

    The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs two masterworks: "Brandenburg," first performed in 1988, and the 2008 ballet "Beloved Renegade," set to the music of Francis Poulenc.

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino (Season 39 Episode 7)
    Season 39 Episode 7:

    Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino

    Andrea Bocelli performs classical favorites, pop standards and love songs; with guests David Foster and trumpeter Chris Botti. Songs include "Cinema Paradiso," "September Morn" and "When I Fall in Love."

  • Great Performances - Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies (Season 39 Episode 6)
    Season 39 Episode 6:

    Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies

    Paul Simon reunites with his original band to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his album "Graceland."

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013 (Season 39 Episode 5)
    Season 39 Episode 5:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013

    The Vienna Philharmonic performs Strauss family waltzes accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet.

  • Great Performances - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (Season 39 Episode 4)
    Season 39 Episode 4:

    Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

    Interviews and performance footage illustrate how Jewish artists have excelled on Broadway.

  • Great Performances - Magical Mystery Tour Revisited (Season 39 Episode 3)
    Season 39 Episode 3:

    Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

    The making of the Beatles' 1967 film "Magical Mystery Tour."

  • Great Performances - Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby (Season 39 Episode 2)
    Season 39 Episode 2:

    Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby

    Rod Stewart welcomes the holiday season in his first solo special, which also features duets with Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.

  • Great Performances - Paul McCartney's Live Kisses (Season 39 Episode 1)
    Season 39 Episode 1:

    Paul McCartney's Live Kisses

    Paul McCartney performs standards such as "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Bye Bye Blackbird." With Diana Krall.

  • Great Performances - Twilight: Los Angeles (Episode 571)
    Episode 571:

    Twilight: Los Angeles

    Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman play concerns the aftermath of the 1991 beating of Rodney King and the Los Angeles riots.

  • Great Performances - Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies (Episode 570)
    Episode 570:

    Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

    Singer Jackie Evancho performs songs from the movies, including "My Heart Will Go On," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Pure Imagination."

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012 (Episode 569)
    Episode 569:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2012

    Vienna Ballet dancers join the Vienna Philharmonic for a program featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss.

  • Great Performances - Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration (Episode 568)
    Episode 568:

    Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

    A celebration to mark Tanglewood's 75th anniversary includes the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor.

  • Great Performances - Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (Episode 566)
    Episode 566:

    Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

    Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess star in a fully-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," from London's Royal Albert Hall.

  • Great Performances - San Francisco Symphony at 100 (Episode 565)
    Episode 565:

    San Francisco Symphony at 100

    Amy Tan hosts the San Francisco Symphony's centennial celebration. Special guests include Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.

  • Great Performances - The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater (Episode 564)
    Episode 564:

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

    Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, brings to life the words and music of the American Yiddish theater in a tribute to his grandparents, Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky.

  • Great Performances - Memphis (Episode 563)
    Episode 563:

    Memphis

    Set in the 1950s, "Memphis" recounts the story of a white disc jockey who helps a black female club singer get her big break.

  • Great Performances - Tony Bennett: Duets II (Episode 562)
    Episode 562:

    Tony Bennett: Duets II

    Tony Bennett sings his greatest hits with contemporary artists. Performers include Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Willie Nelson.

  • Great Performances - Let Me Down Easy (Episode 561)
    Episode 561:

    Let Me Down Easy

    Anna Deavere Smith portrays several different characters, sharing their life experiences.

  • Great Performances - Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Episode 560)
    Episode 560:

    Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

    The LA Phil's opening night gala features an all-Gershwin repertoire with special guest Herbie Hancock. Gustavo Dudamel conducts.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012 (Episode 559)
    Episode 559:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012

    Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic; conducted by Mariss Jansons.

  • Great Performances - A Concert for New York (Episode 558)
    Episode 558:

    A Concert for New York

    The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2 to honor the victims of Sept. 11. With Dorothea Röschmann, Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists.

  • Great Performances - Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk -- A Celebration of New Orleans Blues (Episode 557)
    Episode 557:

    Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk -- A Celebration of New Orleans Blues

    Actor Hugh Laurie performs New Orleans blues and jazz with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Tom Jones.

  • Great Performances - Plácido Domingo: My Favorite Roles (Episode 556)
    Episode 556:

    Plácido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

    Tenor Plácido Domingo recalls his favorite roles in opera houses around the world.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2011 (Episode 555)
    Episode 555:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2011

    The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert in Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace; guest conductor Valery Gergiev.

  • Great Performances - Rigoletto From Mantua (Episode 554)
    Episode 554:

    Rigoletto From Mantua

    Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's "Rigoletto," filmed in Italy.

  • Great Performances - Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert (Episode 551)
    Episode 551:

    Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert

    Jackie Evancho's solo concert supports her first full-length album, "Dream With Me."

  • Great Performances - Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 (Episode 550)
    Episode 550:

    Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3

    Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival includes performances by Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Keb' Mo' and Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio and Doyle Bramhall II.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert (Episode 549)
    Episode 549:

    Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert

    Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary gala concert features the New York Philharmonic with guests Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Audra McDonald.

  • Great Performances - Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium (Episode 548)
    Episode 548:

    Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium

    Billy Joel performs at Shea Stadium before its 2008 demolition. Songs include "My Life," "Allentown," and "River of Dreams"; with special guests Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney.

  • Great Performances - The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends (Episode 547)
    Episode 547:

    The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends

    Grammy-winning composer David Foster performs with special guests at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

  • Great Performances - Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway (Episode 546)
    Episode 546:

    Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway

    Harry Connick Jr. performs a mix of standards, show tunes and jazz classics, backed by a 20-piece swing band and 10-piece string section, at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2011 (Episode 544)
    Episode 544:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2011

    Paula Zahn hosts the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert.

  • Great Performances - Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil With Juan Diego Flórez (Episode 543)
    Episode 543:

    Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil With Juan Diego Flórez

    The 2010 opening night gala features overtures and arias in bel canto style, as well as Latin American song and orchestral dances; with tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

  • Great Performances - Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (Episode 542)
    Episode 542:

    Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

    David Hyde Pierce hosts the New York Philharmonic's salute to composer Stephen Sondheim; with Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald.

  • Great Performances - Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler's 7th (Episode 541)
    Episode 541:

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

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez leads the orchestra in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7.

  • Great Performances - Macbeth (Episode 540)
    Episode 540:

    Macbeth

    Patrick Stewart earned a Tony Award nomination for the Broadway run of Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

  • Great Performances - Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg (Episode 539)
    Episode 539:

    Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg

    Soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform at various locations in Russia.

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2010 (Episode 538)
    Episode 538:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2010

    The Vienna Philharmonic performs audience favorites at Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace.

  • Great Performances - La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (Episode 536)
    Episode 536:

    La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris

    Dancers rehearse and perform seven ballets; behind-the-scenes look at choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set and lighting designers.

  • Great Performances - Hamlet (Episode 534)
    Episode 534:

    Hamlet

    The Royal Shakespeare Company presents a contemporary retelling of "Hamlet."

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: NY Export: Opus Jazz (Episode 533)
    Episode 533:

    Dance in America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

    Based on Jerome Robbins' "ballet in sneakers," "NY Export: Opus Jazz" features 16 city kids experiencing being young in New York.

  • Great Performances - Passing Strange (Episode 530)
    Episode 530:

    Passing Strange

    A semi-autobiography relates the story of a man who travels to Europe in search of his artistic and personal identity.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010 (Episode 529)
    Episode 529:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010

    Julie Andrews hosts the 26th annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic.

  • Great Performances - La Boheme -- The Movie (Episode 528)
    Episode 528:

    La Boheme -- The Movie

    Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon star as doomed lovers in Puccini's 1896 opera "La Bohème."

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas (Episode 527)
    Episode 527:

    Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas

    David Foster joins Andrea Bocelli for a performance of seasonal favorites; guests include Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Katherine Jenkins, the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

  • Great Performances - Sting: A Winter's Night (Episode 526)
    Episode 526:

    Sting: A Winter's Night

    Sting welcomes the holidays with a musical celebration of wintertime, featuring a collection of songs, carols and lullabies.

  • Great Performances - Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert (Episode 525)
    Episode 525:

    Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

    Gustavo Dudamel's debut as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic includes Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and John Adams' "City Noir."

  • Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night's Concert 2009 (Episode 524)
    Episode 524:

    Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night's Concert 2009

    Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance that includes Mozart's "A Little Night Music," "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" and "1001 Nights Waltz."

  • Great Performances - Karajan or Beauty as I See It (Episode 523)
    Episode 523:

    Karajan or Beauty as I See It

    Conductor Herbert von Karajan led the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, conducted the Vienna Philharmonic and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera.

  • Great Performances - Harlem in Montmartre (Episode 522)
    Episode 522:

    Harlem in Montmartre

    A black expatriate community forms in Paris' Montmartre district, following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

  • Great Performances - Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration From Madison Square Garden (Episode 521)
    Episode 521:

    Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration From Madison Square Garden

    Pete Seeger celebrates his 90th birthday with special guests Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens and Emmylou Harris.

  • Great Performances - Chess in Concert (Episode 520)
    Episode 520:

    Chess in Concert

    A London concert revival of the 1986 cult musical "Chess." With Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban.

  • Great Performances - Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: In Concert From Madison Square Garden (Episode 519)
    Episode 519:

    Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: In Concert From Madison Square Garden

    Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime concert, their first together since their days as bandmates in Blind Faith.

  • Great Performances - Stevie Wonder: Live at Last (Episode 518)
    Episode 518:

    Stevie Wonder: Live at Last

    Stevie Wonder performs in London; songs include "Sir Duke," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "Superstition."

  • Great Performances - In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams (Episode 517)
    Episode 517:

    In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

    "In the Heights" is a Latin and hip-hop-infused Broadway musical which has won five Tony Awards.

  • Great Performances - King Lear (Episode 516)
    Episode 516:

    King Lear

    Ian McKellen returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company for a TV adaptation of "King Lear," directed by Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt.

  • Great Performances - The Police Certifiable (Episode 515)
    Episode 515:

    The Police Certifiable

    Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting reunite as the Police for a farewell tour; performance footage from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Great Performances - Cyrano de Bergerac (Episode 514)
    Episode 514:

    Cyrano de Bergerac

    Kevin Kline stars as Cyrano de Bergerac in the play's first return to Broadway since 1984.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009 (Episode 513)
    Episode 513:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009

    The New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic includes a performance of Strauss family favorites; host Julie Andrews.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (Episode 512)
    Episode 512:

    Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

    San Francisco Ballet's interpretation of "The Nutcracker" is inspired by San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition; hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi.

  • Great Performances - Hitman: David Foster and Friends (Episode 511)
    Episode 511:

    Hitman: David Foster and Friends

    Singers pay tribute to prolific songwriter and producer David Foster; guests include Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Peter Cetera and Celine Dion.

  • Great Performances - Domingo, Netrebko & Villazon: Three Stars in Vienna (Episode 510)
    Episode 510:

    Domingo, Netrebko & Villazon: Three Stars in Vienna

    Plácido Domingo joins Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón for a performance from Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Episode 509)
    Episode 509:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

    A Leonard Bernstein program features soprano Dawn Upshaw, baritone Thomas Hampson, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Broadway's Christine Ebersole.

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias (Episode 508)
    Episode 508:

    Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias

    A profile of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti shows his childhood, his early career in opera houses and his international success.

  • Great Performances - Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev (Episode 507)
    Episode 507:

    Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev

    London Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Valery Gergiev is the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre.

  • Great Performances - Primo (Episode 506)
    Episode 506:

    Primo

    A one-man play recounts Italian chemist Primo Levi's internment at the Auschwitz death camp during the final year of World War II. With Antony Sher.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America (Episode 505)
    Episode 505:

    Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America

    The Wolf Trap Foundation commissions new works by top choreographers and musicians interacting with national parks; highlights from Yosemite National Park and Virgin Islands National Park.

  • Great Performances - The New York Philharmonic: Live From North Korea (Episode 504)
    Episode 504:

    The New York Philharmonic: Live From North Korea

    The New York Philharmonic performs music by Dvorák, Gershwin and Wagner in North Korea.

  • Great Performances - James Taylor: One Man Band (Episode 503)
    Episode 503:

    James Taylor: One Man Band

    James Taylor performs his hits and shares anecdotes, home movies and personal photographs.

  • Great Performances - Martina McBride: Live in Concert (Episode 502)
    Episode 502:

    Martina McBride: Live in Concert

    Martina McBride performs "This One's for the Girls" and selections from her 2007 album, "Waking Up Laughing."

  • Great Performances - Peter & the Wolf (Episode 501)
    Episode 501:

    Peter & the Wolf

    An animated interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" features the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Mark Stephenson.

  • Great Performances - Company (Episode 500)
    Episode 500:

    Company

    Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" stars Raúl Esparza in the role of Bobby, and the score includes classics like "Another Hundred People."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Celebrates Berlin (Episode 499)
    Episode 499:

    Carnegie Hall Celebrates Berlin

    Highlights from Carnegie Hall's "Berlin in Lights" festival features the Berlin Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2008 (Episode 498)
    Episode 498:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2008

    Georges Prêtre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein in a selection of Strauss waltzes; the Vienna State Opera Ballet performs; Walter Cronkite hosts.

  • Great Performances - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny From LA Opera (Episode 495)
    Episode 495:

    Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny From LA Opera

    Tony-winner Audra McDonald stars in a new production of "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," with Patti LuPone.

  • Great Performances - Great Moments at the Met: Viewer's Choice (Episode 494)
    Episode 494:

    Great Moments at the Met: Viewer's Choice

    Opera singer Renée Fleming counts down viewers' favorite televised Metropolitan Opera moments.

  • Great Performances - Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany (Episode 493)
    Episode 493:

    Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany

    Andrea Bocelli performs greatest hits and new songs; special guests Chris Botti, Heather Headley, Kenny G., David Foster, Lang Lang and Sarah Brightman.

  • Great Performances - Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago (Episode 492)
    Episode 492:

    Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago

    Eric Clapton leads an all-star blues lineup that includes B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy; host Bill Murray.

  • Great Performances - The Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala Concert (Episode 491)
    Episode 491:

    The Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala Concert

    A gala concert from Tel Aviv features guest soloist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Daniel Barenboim. With maestro Zubin Mehta.

  • Great Performances - Lionel Richie: Live in Paris (Episode 490)
    Episode 490:

    Lionel Richie: Live in Paris

    Lionel Richie performs solo hits and songs he made famous with The Commodores.

  • Great Performances - Nureyev: The Russian Years (Episode 489)
    Episode 489:

    Nureyev: The Russian Years

    Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects from Russia in 1961.

  • Great Performances - Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story (Episode 488)
    Episode 488:

    Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

    Stax Records in Memphis releases international chart-topping hits like "Soul Man" and "Dock of the Bay" between 1959 and 1975.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Dancing in the Light (Episode 487)
    Episode 487:

    Dance in America: Dancing in the Light

    Dance sequences spotlight the work of choreographers Asadata Dafora, Katherine Dunham, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Pearl Primus and Bill T. Jones; host Taye Diggs.

  • Great Performances - We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song (Episode 486)
    Episode 486:

    We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song

    An all-star tribute to singer Ella Fitzgerald features Natalie Cole, k.d. lang, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Ruben Studdard and others.

  • Great Performances - Barenboim on Beethoven (Episode 485)
    Episode 485:

    Barenboim on Beethoven

    Pianist Daniel Barenboim performs five sonatas; excerpts from Barenboim's master classes with pianists Lang Lang, Jonathan Biss and Shai Wosner.

  • Great Performances - Loreena McKennitt: Nights From the Alhambra (Episode 484)
    Episode 484:

    Loreena McKennitt: Nights From the Alhambra

    Celtic artist Loreena McKennitt's performance at Alhambra Palace includes "The Mummers' Dance," "The Lady of Shalott" and "The Mystic's Dream."

  • Great Performances - Sting: Songs From the Labyrinth (Episode 482)
    Episode 482:

    Sting: Songs From the Labyrinth

    Sting provides a contemporary perspective for English composer John Dowland's serene and introspective music.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2007 (Episode 481)
    Episode 481:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2007

    Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of Strauss Family waltzes; hosted by Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special (Episode 480)
    Episode 480:

    Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special

    Garrison Keillor and his Guy's All-Star Shoe Band perform in Nashville on New Year's Eve.

  • Great Performances - Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live (Episode 479)
    Episode 479:

    Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live

    Singer and piano player Jerry Lee Lewis performs with special guests Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Buddy Guy, Don Henley, Tom Jones, Kris Kristofferson.

  • Great Performances - A Tribute to James Taylor (Episode 478)
    Episode 478:

    A Tribute to James Taylor

    A concert honoring James Taylor includes performances by David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Sting and Bruce Springsteen.

  • Great Performances - Beverly Sills: Made in America (Episode 477)
    Episode 477:

    Beverly Sills: Made in America

    Performance sequences of some of singer Beverly Sills' most acclaimed leading roles, including "La Traviata" and "The Barber of Seville."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006 (Episode 476)
    Episode 476:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006

    The Cleveland Orchestra performs works of Mozart with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea Röschmann; host Paula Zahn.

  • Great Performances - Liza With a "Z" (Episode 475)
    Episode 475:

    Liza With a "Z"

    A fully restored and digitally remastered 1972 concert features Liza Minnelli at New York's Lyceum Theater.

  • Great Performances - Mozart at 250: The Salzburg Festival Celebration (Episode 474)
    Episode 474:

    Mozart at 250: The Salzburg Festival Celebration

    The Vienna Philharmonic performs some of Mozart's most memorable work; Magdalena Kozená, René Pape, Michael Schade and Thomas Hampson perform.

  • Great Performances - Vienna State Opera 50th Anniversary Reopening Gala (Episode 473)
    Episode 473:

    Vienna State Opera 50th Anniversary Reopening Gala

    Tenor Plácido Domingo, baritones Thomas Hampson and Bryn Terfel, and mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager help celebrate the Vienna State Opera's anniversary.

  • Great Performances - Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions Live at St. Luke's (Episode 472)
    Episode 472:

    Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions Live at St. Luke's

    Bruce Springsteen performs a collection of Pete Seeger's folk standards and spirituals. From St. Luke's in London's East End.

  • Great Performances - Vittorio: Dreams of Rome (Episode 471)
    Episode 471:

    Vittorio: Dreams of Rome

    Tenor Vittorio Grigolo performs selections from his debut album "In the Hands of Love."

  • Great Performances - The Eagles: Farewell From Melbourne (Episode 470)
    Episode 470:

    The Eagles: Farewell From Melbourne

    The Eagles reunite in Melbourne, Australia, to perform their hit songs and two new singles.

  • Great Performances - Jewels From the Paris Opera Ballet (Episode 469)
    Episode 469:

    Jewels From the Paris Opera Ballet

    Le Ballet de l'Opera National de Paris performs choreographer George Balanchine's "Jewels."

  • Great Performances - Garrison Keillor's Independence Day Special: A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood (Episode 468)
    Episode 468:

    Garrison Keillor's Independence Day Special: A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood

    Garrison Keillor's Independence Day weekend radio broadcast features Guys All-Star Shoe Band at Tanglewood, Mass.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Episode 467)
    Episode 467:

    Dance in America: Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater travels to Russia and creates a new ballet entitled "Love Stories."

  • Great Performances - South Pacific in Concert From Carnegie Hall (Episode 466)
    Episode 466:

    South Pacific in Concert From Carnegie Hall

    A concert based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical "South Pacific" includes performances by Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alec Baldwin.

  • Great Performances - Color Me Barbra (Episode 465)
    Episode 465:

    Color Me Barbra

    Barbra Streisand's second solo television special from 1966 includes her renditions of "Where or When" and "It Had to Be You."

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Amore Under the Desert Sky (Episode 464)
    Episode 464:

    Andrea Bocelli: Amore Under the Desert Sky

    Classical tenor Andrea Bocelli performs songs from his album "Amore," and duets with Heather Headley and David Foster.

  • Great Performances - Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road (Episode 463)
    Episode 463:

    Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road

    Paul McCartney re-interprets old songs and shares some new ones for an intimate audience at London's Abbey Road studios.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2006 (Episode 462)
    Episode 462:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2006

    Mariss Janson leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of Strauss Family waltzes; hosted by Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - The Nightingale (Episode 461)
    Episode 461:

    The Nightingale

    Igor Stravinsky's opera "The Nightingale," adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's short story.

  • Great Performances - Michael Bublé: Caught in the Act (Episode 460)
    Episode 460:

    Michael Bublé: Caught in the Act

    Canadian singer Michael Bublé performs popular standards.

  • Great Performances - My Name Is Barbra (Episode 459)
    Episode 459:

    My Name Is Barbra

    In a 1965 TV special, Barbra Streisand sings such classics as "People" and "Happy Days Are Here Again."

  • Great Performances - Cream Reunion Concert (Episode 458)
    Episode 458:

    Cream Reunion Concert

    Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton reunite for a concert in May 2005 at Royal Albert Hall.

  • Great Performances - Renée Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols (Episode 457)
    Episode 457:

    Renée Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols

    Soprano Renée Fleming sings secular Christmas music.

  • Great Performances - From Shtetl to Swing (Episode 456)
    Episode 456:

    From Shtetl to Swing

    America reshapes Semitic identity by combining Jewish and black music with the likes of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and the Marx Brothers.

  • Great Performances - Cook, Dixon & Young in Concert (Episode 455)
    Episode 455:

    Cook, Dixon & Young in Concert

    Victor Trent Cook, Rod Dixon and Thomas Young perform opera, Broadway tunes and gospel at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Swan Lake With American Ballet Theatre (Episode 454)
    Episode 454:

    Dance in America: Swan Lake With American Ballet Theatre

    Gillian Murphy and Angel Corella star in a new production of "Swan Lake" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Great Performances - Operatunity (Episode 453)
    Episode 453:

    Operatunity

    The English National Opera casts a nationwide call to find two singers to perform in Verdi's "Rigoletto."

  • Great Performances - The Little Prince (Episode 452)
    Episode 452:

    The Little Prince

    A boy relates his encounters to a pilot who has crash-landed in the Sahara Desert.

  • Great Performances - Cook, Dixon and Young in Concert (Episode 451)
    Episode 451:

    Cook, Dixon and Young in Concert

    Three tenors perform opera, Broadway, jazz and gospel songs at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Tribute on Ice (Episode 450)
    Episode 450:

    Andrea Bocelli: Tribute on Ice

    Champion skaters perform routines to songs by tenor Andrea Bocelli.

  • Great Performances - One Night With Rod Stewart (Episode 449)
    Episode 449:

    One Night With Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart sings his own hits as well as classic standards at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

  • Great Performances - Leonard Bernstein's Candide With the New York Philharmonic (Episode 448)
    Episode 448:

    Leonard Bernstein's Candide With the New York Philharmonic

    Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Stanford Olsen, Patti LuPone and Thomas Allen join the New York Philharmonic in a production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide."

  • Great Performances - Paul Simon: You're the One (Episode 447)
    Episode 447:

    Paul Simon: You're the One

  • Great Performances - Elizabteh Taylor, England's Other Elizabeth (Episode 446)
    Episode 446:

    Elizabteh Taylor, England's Other Elizabeth

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2005 (Episode 445)
    Episode 445:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2005

    Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Day concert; with ballet dancer Vladimir Malakhov; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Bill Irwin: Clown Prince (Episode 444)
    Episode 444:

    Bill Irwin: Clown Prince

    Bill Irwin uses comedy and physical feats to create his brand of theater.

  • Great Performances - Josh Groban: Live at the Greek (Episode 443)
    Episode 443:

    Josh Groban: Live at the Greek

    Singer Josh Groban performs "You Raise Me Up," "My Confession" and other hits in concert in Los Angeles.

  • Great Performances - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Episode 442)
    Episode 442:

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Julie Andrews, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley and Edie Adams star in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Cinderella."

  • Great Performances - Hayley Westenra in Concert (Episode 441)
    Episode 441:

    Hayley Westenra in Concert

    Singer Hayley Westenra performs in concert in New Zealand.

  • Great Performances - Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Episode 440)
    Episode 440:

    Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival

    Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Joe Walsh, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, James Taylor, Vince Gill and others perform at a three-day festival.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004 (Episode 439)
    Episode 439:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004

    The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and soprano Renée Fleming.

  • Great Performances - John Lennon's Jukebox (Episode 438)
    Episode 438:

    John Lennon's Jukebox

    John Lennon's record collection reveals the musician's influences.

  • Great Performances - Broadway's Lost Treasures II (Episode 437)
    Episode 437:

    Broadway's Lost Treasures II

    The greatest stars of American musical theater perform their signature songs.

  • Great Performances - All-Star Piano Extravaganza: The Verbier Festival Concert (Episode 436)
    Episode 436:

    All-Star Piano Extravaganza: The Verbier Festival Concert

    World-renowned pianists gather at an annual festival in Switzerland to perform works by Mozart, Bach, Wagner.

  • Great Performances - From the Acropolis: A Salute to the Games With the Berlin Philharmonic (Episode 435)
    Episode 435:

    From the Acropolis: A Salute to the Games With the Berlin Philharmonic

    Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Athens, Greece; with Daniel Barenboim.

  • Great Performances - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in Performance: San Francisco Symphony (Episode 434)
    Episode 434:

    Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in Performance: San Francisco Symphony

    Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

  • Great Performances - Keeping Score: Making of a Performance, Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony (Episode 433)
    Episode 433:

    Keeping Score: Making of a Performance, Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

    Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas examines the movements in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: `The Dream' With American Ballet Theatre (Episode 432)
    Episode 432:

    Dance in America: `The Dream' With American Ballet Theatre

    Based on Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Frederick Ashton's one-act ballet set to music by Mendelssohn, incorporates fairies, a sprite and mismatched lovers.

  • Great Performances - Harry Connick Jr.: Only You (Episode 431)
    Episode 431:

    Harry Connick Jr.: Only You

    Singer Harry Connick Jr. performs cuts from "Only You," his new album, including "Once in My Life," "The Very Thought of You," "My Blue Heaven," and "Crazy."

  • Great Performances - Concert for George (Episode 430)
    Episode 430:

    Concert for George

    A salute to artist George Harrison takes place at London's Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of his death; performers include Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, and members of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor (Episode 429)
    Episode 429:

    Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor

    The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs "Promethean Fire" and "Black Tuesday," a work inspired by the Great Depression.

  • Great Performances - Degas and the Dance (Episode 428)
    Episode 428:

    Degas and the Dance

    An examination of the work of French Impressionist Edgar Degas covers the environment that inspired it.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2004 (Episode 427)
    Episode 427:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2004

    Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Day concert; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Bernstein's Wonderful Town in Concert (Episode 426)
    Episode 426:

    Bernstein's Wonderful Town in Concert

    Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson, Kim Criswell and Brent Barrett perform Leonard Bernstein's musical "Wonderful Town" with the Berlin Philharmonic.

  • Great Performances - Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Lisbon (Episode 425)
    Episode 425:

    Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Lisbon

    Pierre Boulez conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance with pianist Maria Joao at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Great Performances - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (Episode 424)
    Episode 424:

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

    Trevor Nunn directs the Royal National Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!," starring Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle and Shuler Hensley.

  • Great Performances - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Inaugurates Walt Disney Concert Hall (Episode 423)
    Episode 423:

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Inaugurates Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performance to celebrate the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; design, construction and testing of the building.

  • Great Performances - Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Palermo (Episode 422)
    Episode 422:

    Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Palermo

    Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance with violinist Gil Shaham at the Teatro Massimo opera house in Palermo, Sicily.

  • Great Performances - Elton John at the Royal Opera House (Episode 421)
    Episode 421:

    Elton John at the Royal Opera House

    James Newton conducts the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra and a 30-voice choir with singer Elton John at Britain's Royal Opera House.

  • Great Performances - The Three Pickers: Legends of American Music (Episode 420)
    Episode 420:

    The Three Pickers: Legends of American Music

    Musician Earl Scruggs, guitarist Doc Watson and singer Ricky Skaggs perform bluegrass songs "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."

  • Great Performances - Duetto: The Concert at the Roman Colosseum (Episode 419)
    Episode 419:

    Duetto: The Concert at the Roman Colosseum

    Young tenors Marcelo Alvarez and Salvatore Licitra sing operatic ballads by Francesco Sartori and others who composed pieces for the Colosseum concert, as well as favorites by Bizet, Massenet and Puccini.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Lar Lubovitch's Othello From San Francisco Ballet (Episode 418)
    Episode 418:

    Dance in America: Lar Lubovitch's Othello From San Francisco Ballet

    The San Francisco Ballet performs Lar Lubovitch's adaptation of "Othello," with Desmond Richardson and Yuan Yuan Tan dancing the lead roles.

  • Great Performances - Great Performances 30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song (Episode 417)
    Episode 417:

    Great Performances 30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song

    The 30th-anniversary celebration includes music and dance highlights of the series.

  • Great Performances - The Great American Songbook (Episode 416)
    Episode 416:

    The Great American Songbook

    Host Michael Feinstein looks at American popular song in film.

  • Great Performances - Renee Fleming & Bryn Terfel: Music Under the Stars (Episode 415)
    Episode 415:

    Renee Fleming & Bryn Terfel: Music Under the Stars

    Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and American soprano Renee Fleming perform Broadway songs at the annual Faenol Festival in northern Wales.

  • Great Performances - Kiss Me, Kate (Episode 414)
    Episode 414:

    Kiss Me, Kate

    The Broadway revival of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" tells of a modern Shakespeare troupe performing "The Taming of the Shrew" while avoiding a gangster's ire.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre (Episode 413)
    Episode 413:

    Dance in America: Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre

    A performance documentary spotlights Kevin McKenzie's international cadre of male dancers and choreographers of American Ballet Theatre: Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Vladimir Malakov, Ethan Stiefel.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2003 (Episode 412)
    Episode 412:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2003

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Day concert; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows (Episode 411)
    Episode 411:

    Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows

    Natalie Cole performs "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do," "Soon," "It's Crazy."

  • Great Performances - The Merry Widow From the San Francisco Opera (Episode 410)
    Episode 410:

    The Merry Widow From the San Francisco Opera

    Pulitzer-laureate Wendy Wasserstein creates new dialogue for Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow"; Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager and Gregory Turay sing the leads; Erich Kunzel conducts.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2002 (Episode 409)
    Episode 409:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2002

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performs a piano solo in a program of the works of Maurice Ravel, including Concerto in G Major, "Pavane for a Dead Princess," "Bolero."

  • Great Performances - Making The Misfits (Episode 408)
    Episode 408:

    Making The Misfits

    In 1961 unprecedented access allows photographers to document the difficult filming of "The Misfits," which was the last movie of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.

  • Great Performances - Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Istanbul (Episode 407)
    Episode 407:

    Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Istanbul

    Mariss Jansons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Mozart's Second Concerto with flutist Emmanuel Pahud in Istanbul.

  • Great Performances - Romeo and Juliet (Episode 406)
    Episode 406:

    Romeo and Juliet

    In a castle setting, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu sing Gounod's opera about Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers; Anton Guadagno conducts the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. (French with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - The Queen's Jubilee Gala: Live From Buckingham Palace (Episode 405)
    Episode 405:

    The Queen's Jubilee Gala: Live From Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace celebrates the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Great Performances - Kurosawa (Episode 404)
    Episode 404:

    Kurosawa

    Film footage and interviews with Clint Eastwood and James Coburn illustrate the life of director Akira Kurosawa.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse (Episode 403)
    Episode 403:

    Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse

    A 1999 Tony-winning musical celebrates choreographer Bob Fosse, spotlighting show-stoppers from his greatest productions.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2002 (Episode 402)
    Episode 402:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2002

    Seiji Ozawa conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Day concert; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet (Episode 401)
    Episode 401:

    The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet

    At Covent Garden the Royal Ballet performs Peter Wright's adaptation of "The Nutcracker," with stars Ivan Putrov, Alina Cojocaru and Anthony Dowell.

  • Great Performances - The Art of the Violin (Episode 400)
    Episode 400:

    The Art of the Violin

    Contemporary violinists discuss the tradition of their instrument and its 20th-century masters; archival performance clips show Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern.

  • Great Performances - Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite From Central Park (Episode 399)
    Episode 399:

    Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite From Central Park

    Violinist Joshua Bell with William Eddins conducting the New York Philharmonic in Central Park performs a suite based on theatrical pieces.

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Holo Mai Pele (Episode 398)
    Episode 398:

    Dance in America: Holo Mai Pele

    The dance troupe Halau o Kekuhi recreates the legend of Pele and Hi'iaka, "Holo Mai Pele."

  • Great Performances - Three Mo' Tenors in Concert (Episode 397)
    Episode 397:

    Three Mo' Tenors in Concert

    Tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young perform at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

  • Great Performances - Little Women From the Houston Grand Opera (Episode 396)
    Episode 396:

    Little Women From the Houston Grand Opera

    The Houston Grand Opera's production of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" features a score and libretto by American composer Mark Adamo; Patrick Summers conducts.

  • Great Performances - Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks (Episode 395)
    Episode 395:

    Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks

    Leads Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick give a behind-the-scenes tour of the Broadway production of Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers."

  • Great Performances - Dance in America: Free to Dance (Episode 394)
    Episode 394:

    Dance in America: Free to Dance

    Modern-dance masterpieces by black choreographers intersperse a historical narrative showing the fusion of African and European moves into the American art form.

  • Great Performances - Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote (Episode 393)
    Episode 393:

    Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote

    A restoration of the 1973 ballet film "Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote" stars Nureyev as Basilio, Robert Helpmann as the don, and Lucette Aldous as Kitri.

  • Great Performances - Jesus Christ Superstar (Episode 392)
    Episode 392:

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    Director Gale Edward's adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar"; cast includes Glenn Carter, Jerome Pradon, Renee Castle, Fred Johanson and Rik Mayall.

  • Great Performances - Don Giovanni Unmasked (Episode 391)
    Episode 391:

    Don Giovanni Unmasked

    In a film within a film, Don Giovanni's servant Leporello reveals the secret of his master's identity; baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings both roles. (Italian with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth (Episode 390)
    Episode 390:

    Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Taylor's career, lifestyle, husbands, jewelry, and social activism.

  • Great Performances - My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (Episode 389)
    Episode 389:

    My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs

    A celebration of Broadway pieces features Barry Manilow, Julie Andrews, Michael Crawford, Linda Eder, Peter Gallagher, Robert Goulet and Nathan Lane.

  • Great Performances - The College of Comedy With Alan King III (Episode 388)
    Episode 388:

    The College of Comedy With Alan King III

    Alan King explores the historical principles of stand-up comedy; with Bill Maher, Rita Rudner, Larry Gelbart and Shecky Greene.

  • Great Performances - Copland's America (Episode 387)
    Episode 387:

    Copland's America

    The 100th birthday celebration of composer Aaron Copland.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2001 (Episode 386)
    Episode 386:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2001

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Day concert; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Paul Simon: You're the One - In Concert From Paris (Episode 385)
    Episode 385:

    Paul Simon: You're the One - In Concert From Paris

    Paul Simon performs songs from his new album "You're the One."

  • Great Performances - From Mao to Mozart: Then and Now (Episode 384)
    Episode 384:

    From Mao to Mozart: Then and Now

    Isaac Stern's 1999 return to China to perform with musicians he first met as children 20 years before. Followed by the 1980 documentary "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China."

  • Great Performances - Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation (Episode 383)
    Episode 383:

    Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation

    Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Ron Howard celebrate the work of animation artist Chuck Jones.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000 (Episode 382)
    Episode 382:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000

    Pianist Maurizio Pollini is soloist, and Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on opening night.

  • Great Performances - Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Krakow (Episode 381)
    Episode 381:

    Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Krakow

    Bernard Haitink conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate its 1882 founding.

  • Great Performances - La Traviata From Paris (Episode 380)
    Episode 380:

    La Traviata From Paris

    A dying courtesan leaves her lover at his father's request in "La Traviata From Paris"; starring Jose Cura and Eteri Gvazava. (Italian with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - Can't Stop Now (Episode 378)
    Episode 378:

    Can't Stop Now

    Nederlands Dans Theater 3, a dance company, focuses on older members.

  • Great Performances - La Forza del Destino (Episode 377)
    Episode 377:

    La Forza del Destino

    Galina Gorchakova, Nikolai Putilin and Gegam Grigorian star in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," in which Don Alvaro accidentally kills the father of his lover. (Italian with English subtitles).

  • Great Performances - Play On! (Episode 376)
    Episode 376:

    Play On!

    Natalie Venetia Belcon, Richard Allen and Raun Ruffin perform the Broadway musical "Play On!"; songs include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Mood Indigo."

  • Great Performances - The Art of Piano (Episode 375)
    Episode 375:

    The Art of Piano

    Contemporary pianists and conductors discuss the styles and techniques that helped shape the history of piano; with archival footage of Glenn Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, Edwin Fischer.

  • Great Performances - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Episode 374)
    Episode 374:

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Donny Osmond sings the title role of the shepherd boy in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

  • Great Performances - Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem (Episode 373)
    Episode 373:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem," with Placido Domingo.

  • Great Performances - Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: Ode to Joy 2000 (Episode 372)
    Episode 372:

    Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: Ode to Joy 2000

    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for the annual May Day concert.

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias (Episode 371)
    Episode 371:

    Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias

    Andrea Bocelli sings in Rome in a celebration of Easter.

  • Great Performances - The College of Comedy With Alan King II (Episode 370)
    Episode 370:

    The College of Comedy With Alan King II

    Alan King explores the history of stand-up comedy; with Brad Garrett, Kathy Najimy, Carl Reiner, Caroline Rhea and George Wallace.

  • Great Performances - Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera (Episode 369)
    Episode 369:

    Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera

    Music sequences, interviews and archival clips show the hardships black operatic singers faced, beginning with Paul Robeson, 50 years ago.

  • Great Performances - Central Park (Episode 368)
    Episode 368:

    Central Park

    A triptych of one-act operas inspired by New York's Central Park features librettos by Wendy Wasserstein, A.R. Gurney and Terrence McNally and scores by Deborah Drattell, Michael Torke and Robert Beaser.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2000 (Episode 367)
    Episode 367:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2000

    Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in an annual holiday concert; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias (Episode 364)
    Episode 364:

    Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias

    Andrea Bocelli sings "Ave Maria," "Panis Angelicus" and "Silent Night" in Rome.

  • Great Performances - My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (Episode 363)
    Episode 363:

    My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies

    Nell Carter, Jennifer Holliday, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie and others sing at Carnegie Hall; host Julie Andrews.

  • Great Performances - The Gershwins' Crazy for You (Episode 362)
    Episode 362:

    The Gershwins' Crazy for You

    A stage-struck playboy travels to Nevada to save a bankrupt theater in the musical "Crazy for You."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1999 (Episode 361)
    Episode 361:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1999

    Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a salute to Richard Strauss at Carnegie Hall.

  • Great Performances - Parsifal: The Search for the Grail (Episode 360)
    Episode 360:

    Parsifal: The Search for the Grail

    Placido Domingo and Violeta Urmana sing arias from Wagner's "Parsifal."

  • Great Performances - Turandot at the Forbidden City (Episode 359)
    Episode 359:

    Turandot at the Forbidden City

    Giovanna Casolla and Sergej Larin star in the Beijing production of Puccini's opera "Turandot."

  • Great Performances - The Making Of: Turandot at the Forbidden City (Episode 358)
    Episode 358:

    The Making Of: Turandot at the Forbidden City

    Creating "Turandot at the Forbidden City."

  • Great Performances - Swingin' With Duke: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis (Episode 357)
    Episode 357:

    Swingin' With Duke: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra celebrate the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth.

  • Great Performances - Star Crossed Lovers (Episode 356)
    Episode 356:

    Star Crossed Lovers

    Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform romantic pieces.

  • Great Performances - The Noel Coward Story (Episode 355)
    Episode 355:

    The Noel Coward Story

    Colleagues and friends remember Noel Coward as playwright, composer and actor.

  • Great Performances - The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty (Episode 354)
    Episode 354:

    The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty

    Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart create an innovative style which influences musical theater.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1999 (Episode 353)
    Episode 353:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1999

    Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of waltzes; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - A Streetcar Named Desire From the San Francisco Opera (Episode 352)
    Episode 352:

    A Streetcar Named Desire From the San Francisco Opera

    Soprano Renee Fleming stars in an operatic version of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti & Friends (Episode 351)
    Episode 351:

    Pavarotti & Friends

    Luciano Pavarotti; Jon Bon Jovi; Natalie Cole; Celine Dion; Stevie Wonder; Trisha Yearwood; Spice Girls.

  • Great Performances - Zizi: Je T'Aime (Episode 350)
    Episode 350:

    Zizi: Je T'Aime

    Ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit work together for five decades.

  • Great Performances - Cats (Episode 349)
    Episode 349:

    Cats

    Elaine Paige, John Mills and Ken Page star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1998 (Episode 348)
    Episode 348:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1998

    Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in a salute to George Gershwin at Carnegie Hall.

  • Great Performances - The Elixir of Love (Episode 347)
    Episode 347:

    The Elixir of Love

    Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu star in Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." (Italian with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - Sam Shepard's True West (Episode 346)
    Episode 346:

    Sam Shepard's True West

    John Malkovich and Gary Sinise star in Sam Shepard's drama "True West."

  • Great Performances - Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself (Episode 345)
    Episode 345:

    Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself

    Sam Shepard reads from his own prose and dramatic works.

  • Great Performances - Swan Lake (Episode 344)
    Episode 344:

    Swan Lake

    Choreographer Matthew Bourne's version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake"; with Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler and Fiona Chadwick.

  • Great Performances - Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years (Episode 343)
    Episode 343:

    Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years

    Frank Sinatra's best songs from the 1960s and '70s.

  • Great Performances - The Art of Singing: Golden Voices, Silver Screen (Episode 342)
    Episode 342:

    The Art of Singing: Golden Voices, Silver Screen

    Opera's greatest stars appearing on film include Beniamino Gigli, Rosa Ponselle, Maria Callas; host Thomas Hampson.

  • Great Performances - The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opening Night Gala (Episode 341)
    Episode 341:

    The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opening Night Gala

    Music by soprano Kathleen Battle, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Chita Rivera.

  • Great Performances - Porgy & Bess: An American Voice (Episode 339)
    Episode 339:

    Porgy & Bess: An American Voice

    The saga of Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" emerges through performances by and interviews with William Warfield, Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry.

  • Great Performances - Creating Ragtime (Episode 338)
    Episode 338:

    Creating Ragtime

    A musical adaptation of "Ragtime" comes to Broadway; host Whoopi Goldberg.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1998 (Episode 337)
    Episode 337:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1998

    Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic; the Vienna Choir Boys perform; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - The College of Comedy With Alan King (Episode 336)
    Episode 336:

    The College of Comedy With Alan King

    The art of comedy with Alan King, Tim Conway, Judy Gold, Buddy Hackett, Paul Rodriguez.

  • Great Performances - San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration (Episode 335)
    Episode 335:

    San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration

    San Francisco Opera celebration; with Placido Domingo, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Carol Vaness, James Morris, Patricia Racette.

  • Great Performances - The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle (Episode 334)
    Episode 334:

    The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle

    A tribute to songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb; with Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, Lauren Bacall.

  • Great Performances - Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe (Episode 333)
    Episode 333:

    Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe

    Mark Rylance stars in Shakespeare's "Henry V."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night (1997) (Episode 332)
    Episode 332:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night (1997)

    Yo-Yo Ma performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

  • Great Performances - Burt Bacharach: This Is Now (Episode 331)
    Episode 331:

    Burt Bacharach: This Is Now

    Composer Burt Bacharach; with Dionne Warwick, Hal David, Herb Alpert and Richard Carpenter; includes "Alfie," "Walk on By," "I Say a Little Prayer."

  • Great Performances - Emmeline (Episode 330)
    Episode 330:

    Emmeline

    Soprano Patricia Racette sings the lead in Tobias Picker's "Emmeline," with a libretto by J.D. McClatchy; George Manahan conducts.

  • Great Performances - Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Episode 329)
    Episode 329:

    Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall

    Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein lead a tribute to Ira Gershwin; includes "There Is No Music," "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

  • Great Performances - The Story of Gospel Music (Episode 328)
    Episode 328:

    The Story of Gospel Music

    Gospel spreads from churches to mainstream audiences; with Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Cissy Houston.

  • Great Performances - Robert Altman's Jazz '34 (Episode 327)
    Episode 327:

    Robert Altman's Jazz '34

    Director Robert Altman presents a jazz companion to his film "Kansas City"; Harry Belafonte narrates.

  • Great Performances - Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing (Episode 326)
    Episode 326:

    Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing

    Baritone Thomas Hampson sings U.S. classics with Marilyn Horne, Harolyn Blackwell, Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1997 (Episode 325)
    Episode 325:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1997

    Guest conductor Riccardo Muti leads the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss waltzes; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Bobby McFerrin: Loosely Mozart: The New Innovators of Classical Music (Episode 324)
    Episode 324:

    Bobby McFerrin: Loosely Mozart: The New Innovators of Classical Music

    Bobby McFerrin performs with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcus Roberts and Chick Corea at New York's Masonic Lodge.

  • Great Performances - Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (Episode 323)
    Episode 323:

    Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM

    Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Stanley Donen reminisce in a salute to musical producer Arthur Freed.

  • Great Performances - Dido and Aeneas (Episode 320)
    Episode 320:

    Dido and Aeneas

    Soprano Maria Ewing and baritone Karl Daymond star in a tale of romance thwarted by the supernatural in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas."

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night (1996) (Episode 319)
    Episode 319:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night (1996)

    Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of Brahms' Symphony No.2 and Piano Concerto No.2 with Peter Serkin as soloist.

  • Great Performances - Divas! (Episode 318)
    Episode 318:

    Divas!

    Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Jessye Norman look at the prima donna phenomenon.

  • Great Performances - La Cenerentola (Episode 317)
    Episode 317:

    La Cenerentola

    Cecilia Bartoli stars in the Houston Grand Opera production of Rossini's opera based on "Cinderella." (Italian with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines (Episode 316)
    Episode 316:

    Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines

    Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary perform in Greenwich Village with Dave Van Ronk, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Odetta.

  • Great Performances - `Les Miserables' in Concert (Episode 315)
    Episode 315:

    `Les Miserables' in Concert

    Colm Wilkinson recreates his original role of Jean Valjean in a 10th anniversary concert performance of "Les Miserables" at Britain's Royal Albert Hall.

  • Great Performances - The Rake's Progress (Episode 314)
    Episode 314:

    The Rake's Progress

    Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress"; with Barbara Hendricks and Greg Fedderly.

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1996 (Episode 313)
    Episode 313:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1996

    The Vienna Philharmonic, with guest conductor Lorin Maazel, performs Strauss waltzes; selections include "The Blue Danube"; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - The Sleeping Beauty (Episode 311)
    Episode 311:

    The Sleeping Beauty

    The Royal Ballet, with Viviana Durante and Zoltan Solymosi, performs "The Sleeping Beauty" at Covent Garden.

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti: My World (Episode 310)
    Episode 310:

    Pavarotti: My World

    Luciano Pavarotti discusses his career; includes performance footage.

  • Great Performances - Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House (Episode 309)
    Episode 309:

    Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House

    Master violinist Itzhak Perlman demonstrates his affection for traditional Jewish music.

  • Great Performances - Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound (Episode 308)
    Episode 308:

    Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound

    Artistry of the composers and filmmakers who bring music to the movies; includes excerpts from "Casablanca" and "Gone With the Wind.".

  • Great Performances - Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway (Episode 307)
    Episode 307:

    Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway

    A retrospective portrait of Julie Andrews combines interviews with excerpts from film and television.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1995 (Episode 306)
    Episode 306:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1995

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Seiji Ozawa, and Evgeny Kissin perform works by Tchaikovsky for Carnegie Hall's opening night.

  • Great Performances - El Gato Montes (Episode 305)
    Episode 305:

    El Gato Montes

    Placido Domingo, Veronica Villarroel and Justino Diaz perform in Manuel Penella's zarzuela "El Gato Montes." (Spanish with English subtitles)

  • Great Performances - Legendary Maestros: The Art of Conducting (Episode 304)
    Episode 304:

    Legendary Maestros: The Art of Conducting

    Rare performance and rehearsal footage highlight acclaimed conductors of the 20th century.

  • Great Performances - Talking With (Episode 302)
    Episode 302:

    Talking With

    Kathy Bates, Beverly D'Angelo, Marcia Gay Harden, Celeste Holm, Frances McDormand and Mary Kay Place perform dramatic monologues by Jane Martin.

  • Great Performances - Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II (Episode 301)
    Episode 301:

    Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II

    In commemoration of the 100th birthday of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, performers present classic Hammerstein songs.

  • Great Performances - The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs (Episode 300)
    Episode 300:

    The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs

    Teresa Stratas, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed celebrate German-born composer Kurt Weill; "Surabaya Johnny," "Lost in the Stars," "September Song."

  • Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1995 (Episode 299)
    Episode 299:

    From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1995

    The Vienna Philharmonic, with guest conductor Zubin Mehta, performs the music of the Johann Strauss family; selections include "Equestrian March," "Alice Polka"; host Walter Cronkite.

  • Great Performances - Natalie Cole's Untraditional Traditional Christmas (Episode 298)
    Episode 298:

    Natalie Cole's Untraditional Traditional Christmas

    Natalie Cole sings "The Christmas Song," and selections from her album "Holly and Ivy."

  • Great Performances - El Gato Montes (Episode 297)
    Episode 297:

    El Gato Montes

    A Gypsy is torn between a bandit and a bullfighter in Manuel Penella's "El Gato Montes"; with Placido Domingo, Veronica Villarroel, Justino Diaz.

  • Great Performances - The World of Jim Henson (Episode 296)
    Episode 296:

    The World of Jim Henson

    A profile of Jim Henson includes clips of his Muppets and observations of colleagues, including Frank Oz, Ted Koppel, Harry Belafonte, Francis Ford Coppola and Maurice Sendak.

  • Great Performances - Paddy Chayefsky's `The Mother' (Episode 295)
    Episode 295:

    Paddy Chayefsky's `The Mother'

    A widow (Anne Bancroft) struggles to retain her identity in Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay "The Mother."

  • Great Performances - The Dangerous Liaisons (Episode 294)
    Episode 294:

    The Dangerous Liaisons

    Mezzo Frederica von Stade, baritone Thomas Hampson, soprano Renee Fleming and tenor David Hobson star in Conrad Susa's "The Dangerous Liaisons"; based on a French novel.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1994 (Episode 293)
    Episode 293:

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1994

    The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner, and Cecilia Bartoli perform works by Mozart and Rossini for Carnegie Hall's opening night.

  • Great Performances - La Boheme (Episode 292)
    Episode 292:

    La Boheme

    Cheryl Barker and David Hobson portray a dying seamstress and her poetic lover in the Australian Opera's production of Puccini's "La Boheme" at the Sydney Opera House.

  • Great Performances - Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters (Episode 291)
    Episode 291:

    Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters

    Herbie Hancock and Vanessa Williams pay tribute to jazz masters Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young; with Betty Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Abbey Lincoln, John McLaughlin.

  • Great Performances - The Songs of Six Families (Episode 290)
    Episode 290:

    The Songs of Six Families

    Host Kris Kristofferson explores the diversity of cultural art in America: Tucson's Mariachi Festival; B.B. King profile; Eskimo Wolf Dance; Mardi Gras Indians.

  • Great Performances - Quartet (Episode 289)
    Episode 289:

    Quartet

    Instrumental and vocal groups from several eras illustrate the quartet; includes the Kronos Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Gospel Elites, Suede, rap quartets.

  • Great Performances - Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence (Episode 288)
    Episode 288:

    Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence

    Performance clips, documentary footage and home movies profile Vladimir Horowitz.

  • Great Performances - Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl! (Episode 287)
    Episode 287:

    Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl!

    Carol Channing, Beatrice Arthur, Lorna Luft, Rita Moreno, Leslie Uggams, Michael Feinstein perform Broadway songs in a tribute concert for Jerry Herman at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • Great Performances - Turandot (Episode 286)
    Episode 286:

    Turandot

    Each suitor of a Chinese princess (Eva Marton) must correctly answer questions or forfeit his life, in the San Francisco Opera production of Puccini's "Turandot."

  • Great Performances - Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music (Episode 285)
    Episode 285:

    Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music

    A celebration of Leonard Bernstein profiles his life through a compilation of film and television appearances.

  • Great Performances - On the Town in Concert (Episode 284)
    Episode 284:

    On the Town in Concert

    Thomas Hampson, Kurt Ollmann and David Garrison star as three 1940s sailors on leave in "On the Town," with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • Great Performances - Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict (Episode 283)
    Episode 283:

    Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict

    Pete Townshend performs a concert version of his work "PsychoDerelict," about an aging rock star, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

  • Great Performances - Passing the Baton (Episode 281)
    Episode 281:

    Passing the Baton

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra experiences a transition of music directors, from Georg Solti to Daniel Barenboim.

  • Great Performances - The Sorceress (Episode 280)
    Episode 280:

    The Sorceress

    Kiri Te Kanawa and Andrew Kelley dance the fantasy of "The Sorceress" who desires a prince; by Niv Fichman and Piet Erkelens.

  • Great Performances - The Maestros of Philadelphia (Episode 279)
    Episode 279:

    The Maestros of Philadelphia

    The Philadelphia Orchestra's conductors Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti have inspired the musical organization's presence.

  • Great Performances - Lean by Jarre (Episode 278)
    Episode 278:

    Lean by Jarre

    Maurice Jarre salutes David Lean with film clips and a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performance.

  • Great Performances - Verna: USO Girl (Episode 277)
    Episode 277:

    Verna: USO Girl

    An Army captain (William Hurt) tries to save a chorus girl (Sissy Spacek) from the war and an unrealistic career; based on Paul Gallico's short story.

  • Great Performances - In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway (Episode 276)
    Episode 276:

    In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway

    "Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches" creators discuss using national issues in a theatrical form.

  • Great Performances - Nureyev (Episode 275)
    Episode 275:

    Nureyev

    Rudolf Nureyev reveals his private life from his childhood to the turning points in his career, including dance excerpts.

  • Great Performances - Oedipus Rex (Episode 274)
    Episode 274:

    Oedipus Rex

    Julie Taymor directs Igor Stravinsky's staged oratorio "Oedipus Rex" starring Jessye Norman and Philip Langridge, with conductor Seiji Ozawa.

  • Great Performances - The Real McTeague (Episode 273)
    Episode 273:

    The Real McTeague

    Filmmaker Robert Altman's production of "McTeague" includes scenes from the opera and the silent film.

  • Great Performances - John Barry's Moviola (Episode 272)
    Episode 272:

    John Barry's Moviola

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays "Midnight Cowboy," "Out of Africa," and more of composer John Barry's film music.

  • Great Performances - Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Episode 271)
    Episode 271:

    Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall

    Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Glenn Close and many more salute Stephen Sondheim in June 1992, with selections from "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park With George."

  • Great Performances - Miles Davis: A Tribute (Episode 270)
    Episode 270:

    Miles Davis: A Tribute

    A performance documentary includes the re-edited 1986 "Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis" and the 1991 "Miles at Montreux."

  • Great Performances - Black and Blue (Episode 269)
    Episode 269:

    Black and Blue

    Ruth Brown, Linda Hopkins, Carrie Smith, Bunny Briggs and Jimmy Slyde perform "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Body and Soul," "St. Louis Blues" and other numbers in the Broadway revue "Black and Blue."

  • Great Performances - Suddenly Last Summer (Episode 268)
    Episode 268:

    Suddenly Last Summer

    Maggie Smith, Natasha Richardson and Rob Lowe play the leads in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer."

  • Great Performances - Tosca (Episode 267)
    Episode 267:

    Tosca

    Zubin Mehta conducts Puccini's tragic opera in Rome, with an international cast including Catherine Malfitano, Placido Domingo and Ruggero Raimondi.

  • Great Performances - The Symphony of Rhythm: Solti Conducts Beethoven's Seventh (Episode 263)
    Episode 263:

    The Symphony of Rhythm: Solti Conducts Beethoven's Seventh

    Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

  • Great Performances - Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo: Christmas in Vienna (Episode 261)
    Episode 261:

    Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo: Christmas in Vienna

    Diana Ross, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras sing solos and a medley.

  • Great Performances - Placido Domingo: The Concert for Planet Earth (Episode 260)
    Episode 260:

    Placido Domingo: The Concert for Planet Earth

    Host Jeremy Irons; Placido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, singer Gal Costa and violinist Sarah Chang perform during the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Great Performances - Guys and Dolls off the Record (Episode 259)
    Episode 259:

    Guys and Dolls off the Record

    The cast of Broadway's revival of "Guys and Dolls" gather in May 1992 to record the score.

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor (Episode 258)
    Episode 258:

    Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor

    Luciano Pavarotti examines opera traditions in Italy with his father, teachers and mentors.

  • Great Performances - The Common Pursuit (Episode 257)
    Episode 257:

    The Common Pursuit

    Thwarted ideals alter a literary magazine founded years before by gifted Cambridge students (Tim Roth, Andrew McCarthy, Stephen Fry).

  • Great Performances - Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway (Episode 256)
    Episode 256:

    Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway

    Gregory Hines and George C. Wolfe ("Jelly's Last Jam") profile composer Jelly Roll Morton.

  • Great Performances - 20th Anniversary Special: Celebrating Creativity, American Style (Episode 255)
    Episode 255:

    20th Anniversary Special: Celebrating Creativity, American Style

    Works by 20 artists, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, Wendy Wasserstein, Terrence McNally, Annie Leibovitz.

  • Great Performances - Capriccio From Salzburg (Episode 254)
    Episode 254:

    Capriccio From Salzburg

    Anna Tomowa-Sintow sings the role of the countess in a 50th anniversary production of Richard Strauss' final opera.

  • Great Performances - Princess Grace Remembered (Episode 253)
    Episode 253:

    Princess Grace Remembered

    A tribute to Princess Grace of Monaco with first lady Nancy Reagan; Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals"; Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

  • Great Performances - Festival! Spoleto U.S.A. (Episode 252)
    Episode 252:

    Festival! Spoleto U.S.A.

    Opera, dance, chamber music and drama performances highlight the Charleston, S.C., Spoleto Festival.

  • Great Performances - Solti Conducts Rossini (Episode 251)
    Episode 251:

    Solti Conducts Rossini

    Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in overtures from "Barber of Seville," "Italian in Algiers," "Semiramide," "Siege of Corinth" and "Thieving Magpie."

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Gotterdammerung, Acts 2 & 3 (Episode 250)
    Episode 250:

    Wagner's Ring: Gotterdammerung, Acts 2 & 3

    Hagen kills Siegfried, tries to take the ring from the corpse and, as Brunnhilde rides into the pyre, is enveloped by the Rhine.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Gotterdammerung, Act 1 (Episode 249)
    Episode 249:

    Wagner's Ring: Gotterdammerung, Act 1

    Giving Siegfried a potion to make him forget Brunnhilde, Hagen plots to pair the hero with Gutrune.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Siegfried, Act 3 (Episode 248)
    Episode 248:

    Wagner's Ring: Siegfried, Act 3

    Having forced his way past the god, Siegfried goes through the magic fire to claim Brunnhilde.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Siegfried, Acts 1 & 2 (Episode 247)
    Episode 247:

    Wagner's Ring: Siegfried, Acts 1 & 2

    Siegfried, the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde, kills the dragon that guards the gold stolen by Wotan.

  • Great Performances - Rubinstein at 90 (Episode 246)
    Episode 246:

    Rubinstein at 90

    In celebration of his 90th birthday in 1977, Arthur Rubinstein joined the London Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor and Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

  • Great Performances - Duke Ellington: The Music Lives On (Episode 245)
    Episode 245:

    Duke Ellington: The Music Lives On

    Film clips, interviews with and performances by Carly Simon, Treat Williams, Karen Akers and Ken Page profile jazz artist Duke Ellington.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure, Acts 2 & 3 (Episode 244)
    Episode 244:

    Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure, Acts 2 & 3

    Brunnhilde becomes a mortal woman after disobeying her father, Wotan, when he sends her to help Hunding battle Siegmund. With Peter Hofmann, Jeannine Altmeyer, Matti Salminen.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure, Act 1 (Episode 243)
    Episode 243:

    Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure, Act 1

    Siegmund meets and falls in love with Sieglinde, only to discover they are brother and sister. With Peter Hofmann, Jeannine Altmeyer, Matti Salminen.

  • Great Performances - Balanchine Celebrates Stravinsky (Episode 242)
    Episode 242:

    Balanchine Celebrates Stravinsky

    In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's birth, the New York City Ballet presents "Agon," "Variations" and "Persephone."

  • Great Performances - The Regard of Flight (Episode 241)
    Episode 241:

    The Regard of Flight

    Mime Bill Irwin joins pianist Doug Skinner and Michael O'Connor in a look at "new theater," a combination of mime, vaudeville and clowning techniques.

  • Great Performances - Wagner's Ring: Das Rheingold (Episode 240)
    Episode 240:

    Wagner's Ring: Das Rheingold

    Dwarfs, giants and gods of Teutonic mythology struggle among themselves for power in Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen."

  • Great Performances - A Ring for Television (Episode 239)
    Episode 239:

    A Ring for Television

    A documentary of the filming of Richard Wagner's operatic cycle "The Ring of the Nibelung" is highlighted with a profile of the composer.

  • Great Performances - Great Performances (Episode 238)
    Episode 238:

    Great Performances

    Pianist Chick Corea performs two of his original compositions and joins the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in works by Kuhlau, Brahms and Bach.

  • Great Performances - 10th Anniversary Celebration (Episode 237)
    Episode 237:

    10th Anniversary Celebration

    Joan Hackett, Jeremy Irons and Blythe Danner review memorable programs with excerpts and interviews.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 236)
    Episode 236:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    Fabrizio, free of Gina, returns to Parma to be tried and is forgiven by Clelia.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 235)
    Episode 235:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    Leaving Clelia behind, Fabrizio escapes from prison and with a faithful Gina flees toward the safety of Switzerland.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 234)
    Episode 234:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    An imprisoned Fabrizio falls in love with Clelia, the daughter of the fortress governor.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 233)
    Episode 233:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    On his return to Parma, Fabrizio courts scandal with his widowed aunt as well as in the murder of a comedian's boyfriend.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 232)
    Episode 232:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo forces Fabrizio to flee to Naples, while Gina continues her adulterous alliance.

  • Great Performances - The Charterhouse of Parma (Episode 231)
    Episode 231:

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    Napoleon leads his revolutionary army into Milan, setting the stage for Countess Pietranera's meeting with Count Mosca.

  • Great Performances - The Mysterious Stranger (Episode 230)
    Episode 230:

    The Mysterious Stranger

    The daydreams of a Missouri printer's apprentice (Chris Makepeace) take him back to a medieval castle where he befriends a mysterious, magical youth (Lance Kerwin). With Fred Gwynne.

  • Great Performances - Schubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat major (Episode 229)
    Episode 229:

    Schubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat major

    Karl Bohm conducts the Men's Choir, Hofmusikapelle Orchestra, the Vienna Choir Boys and soloists Peter Schreier and Werner Krenn at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 228)
    Episode 228:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Lord Marchmain receives the sacraments at his deathbed; Julia ends her relationship with Charles to keep a promise to God.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 227)
    Episode 227:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Bridey rebukes Julia as an adulteress; Cordelia reveals that Sebastian is living in a monastery.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 226)
    Episode 226:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Charles and Julia begin an amorous relationship, while their spouses, Rex and Celia, conspire against the alliance.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 225)
    Episode 225:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Bridey commissions Charles to paint a portrait of Brideshead Castle before it is demolished.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 224)
    Episode 224:

    Brideshead Revisited

    With Lady Marchmain dying, Julia sends Charles to Morocco to find Sebastian, who recovers from pneumonia as his mother is buried.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 223)
    Episode 223:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Sebastian slips away on a trip to Zurich; Rex discusses the Marchmain family situation with Charles; Julia announces her plans to marry Rex.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 222)
    Episode 222:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Charles celebrates the new year at Brideshead and incurs the family's anger by giving Sebastian money to buy drinks.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 221)
    Episode 221:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Sebastian is asked to leave Oxford after an embarrassing display of drunkenness; Charles leaves the university to study art in Paris.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 220)
    Episode 220:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Sebastian begins to drink heavily despite Lady Marchmain; Julia develops a relationship with a worldly Protestant.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 219)
    Episode 219:

    Brideshead Revisited

    In their youth, Sebastian and Charles enjoy an idyllic relationship at Brideshead and in Venice with Sebastian's father (Laurence Olivier) and his mistress.

  • Great Performances - Brideshead Revisited (Episode 218)
    Episode 218:

    Brideshead Revisited

    Army Capt. Charles Ryder (Jeremy Irons) returns to Brideshead Castle, recalling his friendship with aristocrat Sebastian Flyte (Anthony Andrews) 20 years earlier at Oxford.

  • Great Performances - Die Fledermaus (Episode 217)
    Episode 217:

    Die Fledermaus

    Karl Bohm leads the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Johann Strauss' three-act operetta. With English subtitles.

  • Great Performances - Edith Wharton: Looking Back (Episode 216)
    Episode 216:

    Edith Wharton: Looking Back

    Kathleen Widdoes portrays the novelist in a biographical drama based on R.W.B. Lewis' book and Wharton's own letters and memoirs.

  • Great Performances - Edith Wharton: Summer (Episode 215)
    Episode 215:

    Edith Wharton: Summer

    A story set in the early 1900s follows the sexual awakening of a young woman (Diane Lane).

  • Great Performances - Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth (Episode 214)
    Episode 214:

    Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth

    Geraldine Chaplin plays Lily Bart in this drama based on Wharton's 1905 novel about New York City aristocracy.

  • Great Performances - La Clemenza di Tito (Episode 213)
    Episode 213:

    La Clemenza di Tito

    In ancient Rome, Vitellia (Carol Neblett) convinces an admirer (Tatiana Troyanos) to murder the emperor (Eric Tappy). James Levine conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart's penultimate opera.

  • Great Performances - Willie Stark (Episode 212)
    Episode 212:

    Willie Stark

    A small-time politician rides his grassroots popularity to become the shrewd but corrupt governor of a Southern state. With Timothy Nolen, Jan Curtis, Alan Kays, Julia Conwell and Lowell Thomas.

  • Great Performances - Staying On (Episode 211)
    Episode 211:

    Staying On

    An aging English couple residing in India is forced to relocate when a greedy land developer evicts the two from their cherished homestead. Stars Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson.

  • Great Performances - Leonard Bernstein Conducts Resurrection (Episode 210)
    Episode 210:

    Leonard Bernstein Conducts Resurrection

    The London Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus offer Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor.

  • Great Performances - Private History of a Campaign That Failed (Episode 209)
    Episode 209:

    Private History of a Campaign That Failed

    In an adaptation of Mark Twain's tale of Civil War misadventure, a group of boys joins the Southern cause in search of adventure.

  • Great Performances - Life on the Mississippi (Episode 208)
    Episode 208:

    Life on the Mississippi

    Horace Bixby trains the young Mark Twain as a riverboat pilot. Filmed aboard a paddle-wheeler in Illinois.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 207)
    Episode 207:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Mrs. Smiley enters the scene, and the double agent's identity is revealed.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 206)
    Episode 206:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Mrs. Smiley enters the scene, and the double agent's identity is revealed.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 205)
    Episode 205:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Mrs. Smiley enters the scene, and the double agent's identity is revealed.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 204)
    Episode 204:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley (Alec Guinness) gains ground in his search for the Soviet mole.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 203)
    Episode 203:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley (Alec Guinness) gains ground in his search for the Soviet mole.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 202)
    Episode 202:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley gains some ground in his search for the Soviet mole and recalls his one ominous meeting with the superspy.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 201)
    Episode 201:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley (Alec Guinness) accepts a perilous mission to flush out a Soviet counterspy.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 200)
    Episode 200:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley (Alec Guinness) accepts a perilous mission to flush out a Soviet counterspy.

  • Great Performances - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Episode 199)
    Episode 199:

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    George Smiley (Alec Guinness) accepts the perilous mission to flush out a Soviet counterspy who has infiltrated the upper ranks of the British intelligence service.

  • Great Performances - Samuel Beckett's Happy Days (Episode 198)
    Episode 198:

    Samuel Beckett's Happy Days

    Irene Worth stars as the eternally optimistic Winnie, who offers a non-stop soliloquy as her hopelessly silent husband looks on.

  • Great Performances - Faust (Episode 197)
    Episode 197:

    Faust

    Members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage a production of Gounod's work about an aged philosopher who sells his soul to the devil.

  • Great Performances - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Episode 196)
    Episode 196:

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

    Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan directs the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner's unfinished Symphony No. 9 in D minor.

  • Great Performances - Carmen (Episode 195)
    Episode 195:

    Carmen

    Franco Zeffirelli directs Georges Bizet's classic opera about a self-interested Gypsy girl (Elena Obraztsova) who brings about an unsuspecting soldier's (Placido Domingo) downfall.

  • Great Performances - Bernstein Conducts Mahler Symphony No. 9: Four Ways to Say Farewell (Episode 194)
    Episode 194:

    Bernstein Conducts Mahler Symphony No. 9: Four Ways to Say Farewell

    Leonard Bernstein discusses the work of Gustav Mahler, then conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's 9th Symphony.

  • Great Performances - The Girl of the Golden West From the Metropolitan Opera (Episode 193)
    Episode 193:

    The Girl of the Golden West From the Metropolitan Opera

    Barbara Daniels, Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes perform Puccini's work, based on David Belasco's play and set in 19th-century California.

  • Great Performances - Abbado in Berlin: The First Year (Episode 192)
    Episode 192:

    Abbado in Berlin: The First Year

    Events leading to the Berlin Wall's fall are interspersed with Claudio Abbado's rise to director of the Berlin Philharmonic. Includes Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

  • Great Performances - A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (Episode 191)
    Episode 191:

    A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia

    T.E. Lawrence's disillusioning postwar experiences show the origins of some Middle East problems. With Ralph Fiennes, Siddig el Fadil.

  • Great Performances - The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala (Episode 190)
    Episode 190:

    The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala

    Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and over 20 other singers perform scenes from "Otello," "Rigoletto" and "Die Fledermaus."

  • Great Performances - Unforgettable, With Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole (Episode 189)
    Episode 189:

    Unforgettable, With Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole

    Natalie Cole sings "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable."

  • Great Performances - A Bowl of Beings (Episode 188)
    Episode 188:

    A Bowl of Beings

    At the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Culture Clash performs comedic sketches on the Mexican-American experience.

  • Great Performances - Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis: Baroque Duet (Episode 187)
    Episode 187:

    Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis: Baroque Duet

    A portrait of Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, with music by Bach, Handel and Scarlatti.

  • Great Performances - Bladerunners With Torvill & Dean (Episode 186)
    Episode 186:

    Bladerunners With Torvill & Dean

    Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean choreograph and perform ice dances, including "Bolero."

  • Great Performances - La Bayadere From the Royal Ballet (Episode 185)
    Episode 185:

    La Bayadere From the Royal Ballet

    Natalia Makarova restages Marius Petipa's choreography in the Royal Ballet's performance of "La Bayadere," with Irek Mukhamedov, Altynai Asylmuratova, Darcey Bussell.

  • Great Performances - La Pastorela (Episode 184)
    Episode 184:

    La Pastorela

    Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, Freddy Fender and Cheech Marin perform "La Pastorela," a musical tale of shepherds' visits to the Christ Child.

  • Great Performances - The House of Bernarda Alba (Episode 183)
    Episode 183:

    The House of Bernarda Alba

    Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright perform Federico Garcia Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba," a tale of a woman and her five daughters.

  • Great Performances - Antony & Cleopatra From the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Episode 182)
    Episode 182:

    Antony & Cleopatra From the Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Lyric Opera of Chicago performs Samuel Barber's version of "Antony & Cleopatra."

  • Great Performances - Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (Episode 181)
    Episode 181:

    Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

    Kiri Te Kanawa and Jerry Hadley perform Paul McCartney and Carl Davis' eight-movement composition, an autobiography of McCartney's Liverpool years, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

  • Great Performances - Everybody Dance Now (Episode 180)
    Episode 180:

    Everybody Dance Now

    The creativity of music-video dancers and choreographers. With James Brown, M.C. Hammer, Paula Abdul.

  • Great Performances - A Masked Ball From the Metropolitan Opera (Episode 179)
    Episode 179:

    A Masked Ball From the Metropolitan Opera

    Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Elena Obraztsova, Luciano Pavarotti and Leo Nucci perform Pierre Faggioni's production of Verdi's "A Masked Ball."

  • Great Performances - The Mahabharata: The War (Episode 178)
    Episode 178:

    The Mahabharata: The War

    A bloody battle brings the world to the brink of redemption in director Peter Brook's stage version of the Indian epic "The Mahabharata." With Robert Langdon Lloyd, Bruce Myers,Malika Sarabhai, Andrzej Seweryn.

  • Great Performances - The Mahabharata: Exile in the Forest (Episode 177)
    Episode 177:

    The Mahabharata: Exile in the Forest

    The Kauravas uneasily await retaliation from the scattered Pandavas in director Peter Brook's stage version of "The Mahabharata." With Robert Langdon Lloyd, Bruce Myers, Malika Sarabhai, Andrzej Seweryn.

  • Great Performances - The Mahabharata: The Game of Dice (Episode 176)
    Episode 176:

    The Mahabharata: The Game of Dice

    A battle between order and chaos rages in director Peter Brook's stage version of the Indian epic "The Mahabharata." With Robert Langdon Lloyd, Bruce Myers, Malika Sarabhai, Andrzej Seweryn.

  • Great Performances - 1991 Richard Tucker Opera Gala (Episode 175)
    Episode 175:

    1991 Richard Tucker Opera Gala

    Harolyn Blackwell, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters and Samuel Ramey celebrate the Richard Tucker Foundation's 15th anniversary at Avery Fisher Hall.

  • Great Performances - Fred Astaire Songbook (Episode 174)
    Episode 174:

    Fred Astaire Songbook

    Fred Astaire helps make songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter and others into classics; Audrey Hepburn.

  • Great Performances - Uncle Vanya (Episode 173)
    Episode 173:

    Uncle Vanya

    David Warner plays the title role in David Mamet's adaptation of Chekov's "Uncle Vanya," with Ian Holm, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ian Bannen, Rachel Kempson and Rebecca Pidgeon.

  • Great Performances - Peter Sellars Directs Cosi Fan Tutte (Episode 172)
    Episode 172:

    Peter Sellars Directs Cosi Fan Tutte

    Director Peter Sellars sets Mozart's opera about the nature of love in a Westchester diner. With Susan Larson, Janice Felty, James Maddalena, Sue Ellen Kuzma, Sanford Sylvan.

  • Great Performances - Colored Museum (Episode 171)
    Episode 171:

    Colored Museum

    Danitra Vance, Loretta Devine, Tommy Hollis, Reggie Montgomery and Vickilyn Reynolds re-create 1968 roles in George C. Wolfe's parody of black stereotypes.

  • Great Performances - Peter Sellars Directs Don Giovanni (Episode 170)
    Episode 170:

    Peter Sellars Directs Don Giovanni

    Identical twins (Eugene and Herbert Perry) sing the roles of the don and his servant in "Don Giovanni," set in the Bronx by director Peter Sellars.

  • Great Performances - Tailor of Gloucester (Episode 169)
    Episode 169:

    Tailor of Gloucester

    Mice aid a tailor (Ian Holm) on Christmas Eve in Beatrix Potter's "Tailor of Gloucester," adapted by John Michael Phillips.

  • Great Performances - Peter Sellars Directs The Marriage of Figaro (Episode 168)
    Episode 168:

    Peter Sellars Directs The Marriage of Figaro

    Sanford Sylvan, Jeanne Ommerle, James Maddalena and Jayne West sing Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," set in modern locales by director Peter Sellars.

  • Great Performances - Kathleen Battle & Jessye Norman Sing Spirituals (Episode 167)
    Episode 167:

    Kathleen Battle & Jessye Norman Sing Spirituals

    Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle sing spirituals at Carnegie Hall, backed by a chorus and full orchestra conducted by James Levine.

  • Great Performances - The World of Jewish Humor (Episode 166)
    Episode 166:

    The World of Jewish Humor

    Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, Billy Crystal and Milton Berle demonstrate Jewish humor past and present.

  • Great Performances - Harry Connick Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry (Episode 165)
    Episode 165:

    Harry Connick Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry

    Harry Connick Jr. performs with a 16-piece ensemble in Dallas.

  • Great Performances - Sir Norbert Smith: A Life (Episode 164)
    Episode 164:

    Sir Norbert Smith: A Life

    In a spoof of deferential TV biographies, Harry Enfield portrays a British actor reviewing his career.

  • Great Performances - Hamlet (Episode 163)
    Episode 163:

    Hamlet

    Kevin Kline directs and plays the title role in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," with Dana Ivey, Brian Murray, Peter Francis James, Josef Sommer and Diane Venora.

  • Great Performances - Mefistofele From the San Francisco Opera (Episode 162)
    Episode 162:

    Mefistofele From the San Francisco Opera

    Samuel Ramey sings the role of Mefistofele in Boito's rendition of the Faust tale, taped at the San Francisco Opera.

  • Great Performances - Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella (Episode 161)
    Episode 161:

    Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella

    A cappella groups perform in Brooklyn, N.Y. Hosts: Debbie Allen, Spike Lee.

  • Great Performances - The Orchestra (Episode 160)
    Episode 160:

    The Orchestra

    Video artist Zbigniew Rybczynski interprets classics by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Albinoni, Rossini and Mozart.

  • Great Performances - Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato (Episode 159)
    Episode 159:

    Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato

    Czech President Havel's play portrays two days of a dissident awaiting imprisonment. With F. Murray Abraham, Sally Kirkland, Amy Wright, Phoebe Cates.

  • Great Performances - Uncommon Women & Others (Episode 158)
    Episode 158:

    Uncommon Women & Others

    Alumnae of Mount Holyoke meet seven years after graduation to evaluate their lives. With Meryl Streep, Swoosie Kurtz, Jill Eikenberry, Anna Levine. An informal cast reunion follows the play.

  • Great Performances - Solti's Beethoven: Fifth Symphony Revisited (Episode 157)
    Episode 157:

    Solti's Beethoven: Fifth Symphony Revisited

    Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

  • Great Performances - Julie Andrews in Concert (Episode 156)
    Episode 156:

    Julie Andrews in Concert

    Julie Andrews reviews her life in song, performing "My Favorite Things," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Sound of Music" and "Show Me."

  • Great Performances - Music by Richard Rodgers (Episode 155)
    Episode 155:

    Music by Richard Rodgers

    Host Shirley Jones; clips from "Babes in Arms," "Carousel," "South Pacific" "Rex," "I Remember Mama" and "Oklahoma!" highlight a profile of composer Richard Rodgers.

  • Great Performances - Mozart in Salzburg (Episode 154)
    Episode 154:

    Mozart in Salzburg

    Jessye Norman, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Murray Perahia and the Vienna Philharmonic pay tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria.

  • Great Performances - Margot Fonteyn Story (Episode 153)
    Episode 153:

    Margot Fonteyn Story

    Tributes by Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois and Roland Petit augment dancer Margot Fonteyn's account of her career.

  • Great Performances - The Winslow Boy (Episode 152)
    Episode 152:

    The Winslow Boy

    A barrister (Ian Richardson) defends a cadet (Christopher Haley) expelled for petty theft in Terence Rattigan's "The Winslow Boy." With Gordon Jackson, Rosemary Leach.

  • Great Performances - Abduction From the Seraglio (Episode 151)
    Episode 151:

    Abduction From the Seraglio

    In Mozart's comic opera, a Spanish nobleman (Deon van der Walt) tries to rescue his love (Inga Nielsen) from a pasha's (Ulrich Wildgruber) harem.

  • Great Performances - Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Miami's New World Symphony (Episode 150)
    Episode 150:

    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Miami's New World Symphony

    A performance documentary features musicians of Miami's New World Symphony.

  • Great Performances - L'Africaine (Episode 149)
    Episode 149:

    L'Africaine

    Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo and the San Francisco Opera sing "L'Africaine," Giacomo Meyerbeer's operatic tale of explorer Vasco da Gama.

  • Great Performances - Richard Burton: In From the Cold (Episode 148)
    Episode 148:

    Richard Burton: In From the Cold

    Family, friends and film recall Richard Burton and his many roles.

  • Great Performances - Richard Burton: In From the Cold (Episode 147)
    Episode 147:

    Richard Burton: In From the Cold

    Family, friends and film recall Richard Burton and his many roles.

  • Great Performances - An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner (Episode 146)
    Episode 146:

    An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner

    Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, Richard Kiley and Leonard Bernstein honor lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, performing music from "My Fair Lady" and "Brigadoon."

  • Great Performances - Relatively Speaking (Episode 145)
    Episode 145:

    Relatively Speaking

    Nigel Hawthorne, Imogene Stubbs, Gwen Watford and Michael Maloney perform Alan Ayckbourn's 1967 farce of adultery and mistaken identity, "Relatively Speaking."

  • Great Performances - Our Town (Episode 144)
    Episode 144:

    Our Town

    Spalding Gray (Stage Manager), Eric Stoltz (George Gibbs) and Penelope Ann Miller (Emily Webb) perform Thornton Wilder's "Our Town."

  • Great Performances - Show Boat (Episode 143)
    Episode 143:

    Show Boat

    New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse presents the Kern/Hammerstein musical "Show Boat," with Eddie Bracken, Shelly Burch, P.L. Brown, Richard White and Rebecca Baxter.

  • Great Performances - The Aspern Papers (Episode 142)
    Episode 142:

    The Aspern Papers

    Frederica von Stade, Elisabeth Soederstroem, Richard Stillwell and Dallas Opera perform composer Dominick Argento's work based on a Henry James novella.

  • Great Performances - Rossini's Cinderella (Episode 141)
    Episode 141:

    Rossini's Cinderella

    Ann Murray, Gino Quilico and Francisco Araiza perform Rossini's operatic rendition of the fairy tale at the Salzburg Music Festival.

  • Great Performances - Philadelphia Orchestra at Wolf Trap (Episode 140)
    Episode 140:

    Philadelphia Orchestra at Wolf Trap

    Yuri Temirkanov conducts concert pianist Andre Watts, featuring "Variations on a Theme by Purcell," "Symphonic Dances," and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1.

  • Great Performances - The New Moon: New York City Opera at Wolf Trap (Episode 139)
    Episode 139:

    The New Moon: New York City Opera at Wolf Trap

    Sigmund Romberg's operetta set in 18th-century New Orleans features "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stouthearted Men," "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise" and "One Kiss."

  • Great Performances - Bernstein at 70 (Episode 138)
    Episode 138:

    Bernstein at 70

    Lauren Bacall, Betty Comden, Barbara Hendricks and Bobby McFerrin join the Boston Symphony Orchestra in tribute to composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein.

  • Great Performances - Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America (Episode 137)
    Episode 137:

    Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America

    Tommy Tune, Sandman Sims, Gregg Burge and Hinton Battle dance. With a tribute to Honi Coles.

  • Great Performances - Linda Ronstadt: Canciones de Mi Padre (Episode 136)
    Episode 136:

    Linda Ronstadt: Canciones de Mi Padre

    Ronstadt sings Mexican love songs, backed by a 13-member mariachi and the Ballet Folklorico.

  • Great Performances - Wynton Marsalis: Blues & Swing (Episode 135)
    Episode 135:

    Wynton Marsalis: Blues & Swing

    A portrait of the trumpeter shows him teaching advanced classes and performing classics.

  • Great Performances - Melba (Episode 134)
    Episode 134:

    Melba

    Nellie and Oscar Hammerstein become friends; the diva celebrates her 20th season at Covent Garden and, after several setbacks, starts an Australian opera company.

  • Great Performances - Melba (Episode 133)
    Episode 133:

    Melba

    Charles kidnaps George and emigrates to America; Nellie returns to Australia; Nellie meets her adult son, who marries an aristocrat's daughter.

  • Great Performances - Melba (Episode 132)
    Episode 132:

    Melba

    Nellie debuts in London and begins an affair with the Duc d`Orleans (Phillippe Caroit); Charles (Hugo Weaving), aware of her actions, files for divorce.

  • Great Performances - Melba (Episode 131)
    Episode 131:

    Melba

    Nellie Mitchell (Linda Cropper) subdues her musical interests to marry and raise a family but later abandons her stormy marriage to pursue a singing career in London.

  • Great Performances - Madama Butterfly (Episode 130)
    Episode 130:

    Madama Butterfly

    Hal Prince directs the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a Kabuki-style staging of Puccini's work. With Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Cio-Cio-San), Peter Dvorsky (Pinkerton).

  • Great Performances - John Gielgud: An Actor's Life (Episode 129)
    Episode 129:

    John Gielgud: An Actor's Life

    Clips from his plays, films and TV productions complement an interview with Gielgud at his home in Buckinghamshire, England.

  • Great Performances - Maria Callas: An Operatic Biography (Episode 128)
    Episode 128:

    Maria Callas: An Operatic Biography

    A portrait of soprano Maria Callas includes performance footage and interviews with friends and co-workers.

  • Great Performances - Nureyev's Cinderella (Episode 127)
    Episode 127:

    Nureyev's Cinderella

    The Paris Opera Ballet performs choreographer Rudolf Nureyev's version of the fairy tale, set in 1930s Hollywood. Dancers: Sylvie Guillem, Charles Jude, Rudolf Nureyev, Georges Piletta.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Closed Set (Episode 126)
    Episode 126:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Closed Set

    A waning actress (Rita Moreno) works ruthlessly to revitalize her image. With D.W. Moffett.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land (Episode 125)
    Episode 125:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land

    A man (James Sikking) realizes his glamorous lifestyle has not brought happiness.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable (Episode 124)
    Episode 124:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable

    Sisters (Rosemary Harris, Lynn Redgrave) scheme separately to raise money.

  • Great Performances - The Mikado (Episode 123)
    Episode 123:

    The Mikado

    Jonathan Miller directs the English National Opera in the Gilbert & Sullivan classic staged as a humorous 1930s film musical featuring Eric Idle (Ko-Ko), Lesley Garrett (Yum-Yum) and Bonaventura Bottone (Nanki-Poo).

  • Great Performances - Once in a Lifetime (Episode 122)
    Episode 122:

    Once in a Lifetime

    Three vaudevillians (Zoe Wanamaker, Kristoffer Tabori, Niall Buggy) teach actors to speak properly during Hollywood's transition from silent films to talkies.

  • Great Performances - Karajan in Salzburg (Episode 121)
    Episode 121:

    Karajan in Salzburg

    Herbert von Karajan discusses his life and work and rehearses the Vienna Philharmonic prior to performances of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and a Wagner concert at Europe's Salzburg Festival.

  • Great Performances - Nixon in China (Episode 120)
    Episode 120:

    Nixon in China

    Houston Grand Opera performs director Peter Sellars' work documenting former U.S. President Richard Nixon's trip to China, written by composer John Adams and poet Alice Goodman, with choreography by Mark Morris. Includes archival footage and commentary.

  • Great Performances - On the Move: The Central Ballet of China (Episode 119)
    Episode 119:

    On the Move: The Central Ballet of China

    Young Chinese dancers learn U.S. dance styles, meet U.S. dancers and debut in New York.

  • Great Performances - The Miser (Episode 118)
    Episode 118:

    The Miser

    Marriage broker Frosine (Janet Suzman) tries to influence stingy widower Harpagon's (Nigel Hawthorne) choice between a woman and money in Alan Drury's translation of Moliere's play.

  • Great Performances - Bernstein on Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (Episode 117)
    Episode 117:

    Bernstein on Brahms: Symphony No. 3

    Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a sixth program on the works of Johannes Brahms.

  • Great Performances - Pavarotti Returns to Naples (Episode 116)
    Episode 116:

    Pavarotti Returns to Naples

    Luciano Pavarotti creates a musical portrait of the seaside city through popular Neapolitan songs.

  • Great Performances - Bacall on Bogart (Episode 115)
    Episode 115:

    Bacall on Bogart

    Film clips, home movies and interviews with contemporaries round out a profile of Humphrey Bogart as Lauren Bacall traces the actor's career from his early stage work through 75 films.

  • Great Performances - Wolf Trap Celebrates Dizzy Gillespie (Episode 114)
    Episode 114:

    Wolf Trap Celebrates Dizzy Gillespie

    Jazz performers Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Flora Purim and others celebrate Gillespie's 70th birthday and almost 50-year professional music career.

  • Great Performances - Don Giovanni (Episode 113)
    Episode 113:

    Don Giovanni

    Herbert von Karajan conducts a performance of Mozart's opera based on the legend of Don Juan, featuring Samuel Ramey, Kathleen Battle and Anna Tomowa-Sintow at the Salzburg Festival.

  • Great Performances - The Turn of the Screw (Episode 112)
    Episode 112:

    The Turn of the Screw

    Helen Donath, Robert Tear and Heather Harper perform Benjamin Britten's operatic adaptation of the Henry James tale in a film by Petr Weigl. Sir Colin Davis conducts the Chamber Ensemble of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  • Great Performances - Toscanini: The Maestro (Episode 111)
    Episode 111:

    Toscanini: The Maestro

    Home movies, interviews with friends and musicians, recordings of his music and clips from his performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra form a profile of conductor Arturo Toscanini.

  • Great Performances - Wolf Trap Presents the Kirov: Swan Lake (Episode 110)
    Episode 110:

    Wolf Trap Presents the Kirov: Swan Lake

    Leningrad's Kirov Ballet dances to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in a 1986 performance at Wolf Trap's Filene Center during the Kirov's 16-day American tour -- their first U.S. visit in nearly a quarter century.

  • Great Performances - Christmas With Flicka (Episode 109)
    Episode 109:

    Christmas With Flicka

    Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and friends sing carols and explain Christmas traditions of foreign lands.

  • Great Performances - Asinamali! (Episode 108)
    Episode 108:

    Asinamali!

    Five South African inmates relate in song and narrative the reasons for their incarceration in an apartheid system.

  • Great Performances - Celebrating Gershwin: 'S Wonderful (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    Celebrating Gershwin: 'S Wonderful

    Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Drew Barrymore, Liza Minnelli, Harold Nicholas, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rosemary Clooney honor George Gershwin's music of the 1930s.

  • Great Performances - Celebrating Gershwin: The Jazz Age (Episode 106)
    Episode 106:

    Celebrating Gershwin: The Jazz Age

    Leonard Bernstein, Gregg Burge, Julia Migenes, Maureen McGovern and Bobby Short honor composer George Gershwin's Broadway and post-World War I musical legacy.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius (Episode 105)
    Episode 105:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius

    A defeated writer (Christopher Lloyd) struggles to make a comeback.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's

    Everyone wants a favor from a studio executive (Darren McGavin). With Stella Stevens.

  • Great Performances - Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson

    A bored actress (Michelle Pfeiffer) falls in love with a married man (Brian Kerwin).

  • Great Performances - Aida: From the Houston Grand Opera (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    Aida: From the Houston Grand Opera

    Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni head the cast in a performance of Verdi's popular opera, from Houston's Wortham Center.

  • Great Performances - Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap

    Tony Bennett, Glenn Close, Judy Collins, Roberta Flack, Bernadette Peters and Andy Williams perform in a gala honoring U.S. composers.

  • Great Performances - In Concert: New Jersey Chamber Music Society & the Tokyo String Quartet (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    In Concert: New Jersey Chamber Music Society & the Tokyo String Quartet

    Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat, Op. 20; Schubert's "Quartetsatz"; Puccini's "I Crisantemi."

  • Great Performances - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

    Carlos Kleiber conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B major and Symphony No. 7 in A major.

  • Great Performances - Bernstein on Brahms (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    Bernstein on Brahms

    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Krystian Zimerman perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1.

  • Great Performances - Vladimir Horowitz: Last Romantic (Episode 97)
    Episode 97:

    Vladimir Horowitz: Last Romantic

    A profile of the pianist includes interviews and performances of works by Chopin, Liszt, Moszkowski, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

  • Great Performances - Quartermaine's Terms (Episode 96)
    Episode 96:

    Quartermaine's Terms

    When the headmaster of an English school dies, an elderly teacher is booted out of his job by his colleagues.

  • Great Performances - Bernstein on Brahms (Episode 95)
    Episode 95:

    Bernstein on Brahms

    Leonard Bernstein discusses the works of the composer and leads the Vienna Philharmonic in the pastoral Second Symphony.

  • Great Performances - Steve Reich: New Musical Language (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Steve Reich: New Musical Language

    The life, personality and impact of the minimalist composer over the last 20 years.

  • Great Performances - Ozawa (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    Ozawa

    A profile of conductor Seiji Ozawa includes performances with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Rudolf Serkin and soprano Jessye Norman.

  • Great Performances - Broadway Sings: Music of Jule Styne (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Broadway Sings: Music of Jule Styne

    Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Hal Linden, Melissa Manchester, Vic Damone, Rex Smith and others salute the composer of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "Funny Girl."

  • Great Performances - December Flower (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    December Flower

    Etta Marsh's (Jean Simmons) visit to her aunt (Mona Washbourne) transforms the seemingly senile woman.

  • Great Performances - Monsignor Quixote (Episode 89)
    Episode 89:

    Monsignor Quixote

    An unworldly priest (Alec Guinness) and a Marxist (Leo McKern) become friends during a journey with accidents, police encounters, kidnapping and a house of ill-repute.

  • Great Performances - The Ebony Tower (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    The Ebony Tower

    A young artist's (Roger Rees) arrival upsets aging, reclusive artist Henry Breasley's (Laurence Olivier) manipulative relationship with two younger women. From the novel by John Fowles.

  • Great Performances - Otello (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:

    Otello

    Herbert Von Karajan's production of Verdi's opera features Jon Vickers as Otello, who returns from a victorious campaign only to be convinced that his wife, Desdemona (Mirella Freni) is unfaithful. Italian With English subtitles.

  • Great Performances - Hansel & Gretel (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    Hansel & Gretel

    Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the fairy tale opera "Hansel and Gretel," by Adelheid Wette and Engelbert Humperdinck.

  • Great Performances - Baryshnikov on Broadway (Episode 85)
    Episode 85:

    Baryshnikov on Broadway

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli and Nell Carter salute Broadway with selections from U.S. musical theater.

  • Great Performances - Goya (Episode 84)
    Episode 84:

    Goya

    Menotti's opera concerns the affair between the painter (Placido Domingo) and his model, the Duchess of Alba (Victoria Vergara). Director: Gian Carlo Menotti. Conductor: Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos.

  • Great Performances - Gian Carlo Menotti: Musical Magician (Episode 83)
    Episode 83:

    Gian Carlo Menotti: Musical Magician

    Profile of the Pulitzer Prize-winning ("The Consul," "The Saint of Bleecker Street") composer with scenes of his operas and festivals.

  • Great Performances - Wagner (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:

    Wagner

    Wagner (Richard Burton) marries his lover (Vanessa Redgrave) and successfully builds his own theater.

  • Great Performances - Wagner (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    Wagner

    King Ludwig offers to rescue Wagner (Richard Burton) from debt, but scandal forces the composer and his mistress to flee.

  • Great Performances - Wagner (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    Wagner

    A production of "Tannhauser" in Paris is a fiasco, and Wagner (Richard Burton) flees from creditors in Vienna.

  • Great Performances - Wagner (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    Wagner

    Composer Wagner (Richard Burton) agitates for the king of Saxony's downfall and convinces several rich women to support his career.