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2014-05-13 08:29:19

Emmy-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski spotlights Le Clercq's ballet career, struggle with polio, and influence on George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and dance NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), known as "Tanny," was surely among the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike as principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and became a muse to both...

2014-04-29 16:25:42

NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvo?ák's sumptuously melodic Rusalka, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 18 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera Friday, May 30 at 9 p.m.) http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110510/DC99295LOGO The story of the opera, which is about a water spirit's tragic romance with a human prince, is drawn from...

2014-04-22 16:22:42

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a place called Hell Valley, high in the Japanese Alps, a troop of snow monkeys clings together for warmth and support in the frigid mornings of early winter. As descendants of an ancient tribe of macaques who journeyed farther north than any other primate except ourselves, they are well-adapted to the extremes of the seasons, but they are not impervious to the cold. They get important help from the hot springs in the valley, fed...

2014-04-16 12:25:18

Veteran producer and filmmaker Michael Kantor to head the long-running PBS series NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WNET, parent company of New York's public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, announced the appointment of Michael Kantor as executive producer of its American Masters series. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131218/DC35560LOGO "We did a thoughtful and exhaustive search to find the right person for this position," said...

2014-04-14 20:21:52

Joe Hutto crosses the species divide and becomes part of a wild mule deer family NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For writer, artist and naturalist Joe Hutto ("My Life as a Turkey"), there is no such thing as conducting a typical research project. Whether having wild turkey chicks imprint on him or embedding with a herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep for months at a time, Hutto seeks to observe behavior without preconceptions and from the animal's perspective. In...

2014-03-28 12:23:02

Award-winning production comes to public television after triumphant premiere in London in 2012 and U.S. tour this past fall NEW YORK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty sees the popular choreographer return to the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer's ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. The ballet, on THIRTEEN's Great...

2014-03-13 16:26:53

Ambrogio Maestri, the world's leading Falstaff, sings his first Met performances of the title role NEW YORK, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years -- and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years -- airs Sunday, April 13 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera Thursday, April 10( )at...

2014-03-06 16:24:39

NEW YORK, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program on Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m.) http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110510/DC99295LOGO Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars in one of opera's greatest roles as the ultimate diva,...

2014-03-05 12:24:56

Star-studded documentary features rare footage not seen in decades NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great Performances presents a look at the British invasion 50 years after both the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles hit our shores. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130604/DC25926LOGO The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over features newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt of The E...

2014-02-24 16:23:32

The three music legends join forces as an all-star supergroup NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rock & roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces as their own new supergroup The Dukes of September, paying tribute to the R&B and Soul music that inspired them along with fresh, exciting performances of some of their greatest hits. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130604/DC25926LOGO)...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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