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2013-09-17 12:28:01

Julie Andrews, Patti Austin, Michael Buble, Elina Garanca, Josh Groban, Don Henley, Audra McDonald, Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, and David Hyde Pierce pay tribute to television's longest-running performing arts showcase NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Throughout its 40 year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers nationwide with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts. (Logo:...

2013-09-04 08:27:18

Eight one-hour episodes feature major symphonic masterpieces and works from leading contemporary American composers played by hand-picked "all-star" musicians from 22 states NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz and his hand-picked team of "all-star" classical musicians from across the United States come together to form a new made-for-television concert series. All-Star Orchestra premieres nationwide in September on public television (check...

2013-08-15 12:25:17

Featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on solutions to the nation's high school dropout crisis Second annual full-day multiplatform event live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Horizons National, and United Way are among 30 community partners to participate NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year in a...

2013-08-07 12:23:41

New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history--from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This fall, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29...

2013-07-30 12:24:43

The works of Wagner and Verdi are featured in the beloved concert from Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace Gardens NEW YORK, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel leads the fifth annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013 concert to be telecast on Great Performances, Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This year's gala concert revolves around the works of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom would have...

2013-07-29 12:23:35

Harry Bicket conducts a cast that also includes Alice Coote as Sesto, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, and Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo NEW YORK, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- David Daniels and Natalie Dessay star in David McVicar's innovative production of Handel's most popular opera in this season's final broadcast of Great Performances at the Met Sunday, September 1 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera beginning at 12:30 p.m.)...

2013-07-24 12:25:54

Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star in the classic tale of doomed love, based on an episode from Dante's Inferno NEW YORK, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riccardo Zandonai's masterpiece Francesca da Rimini, staged by the Met for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 18 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) (Logo:...

2013-06-28 12:22:49

The new staging of Wagner's final opera features an extraordinary cast, including Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Rene Pape, and Evgeny Nikitin NEW YORK, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new production of Wagner's final masterpiece Parsifal, staged by acclaimed French Canadian director Francois Girard in his Met debut, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, July 28 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York,...

2013-06-19 16:25:30

David McVicar directs the first-ever Met production of Donizetti's opera, the second part of the composer's famous "Tudor trilogy" with South African soprano Elza van den Heever as Elizabeth I, Mary's formidable rival, and Matthew Polenzani as the Earl of Leicester NEW YORK, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joyce DiDonato stars as Mary, Queen of Scots, in the first-ever Met production of Donizetti's intensely dramatic historical opera Maria Stuarda, on Great Performances at...

2013-06-05 20:23:09

As open call goes out for footage, filming is set to begin for the WLIW21 special on the summer solstice, June 21, 2013, and continues for one year NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning on June 21, 2013, New York's WLIW21 invites the public around the world to contribute footage that answers the question - "What is sacred to you?" Footage shot during the 365-day filming period and contributed via the film's Web site (www.sacredthemovie.org) will be edited...