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Great Performances

Great Performances



Great Performances is one of many in a long line of quality series' from PBS. After springing up from humble roots, 2012-2013 marked the show's 40th Anniversary, making it the longest running anthology program featuring the performing arts. From Broadway to Rock n' Roll, Great Performances has successfully provided an opportunity for the American public to enjoy many different forms of music, dance and entertainment for the very first time.

Many sources, including the 25th anniversary publication titled "Great Performances: A Celebration", cite 1972 as the start of Great Performances. Other sources indicate the show officially debuted with Maxim Gorky's "Enemies" on January 23, 1974 - as Theater in America / Great Performances. That 1973-74 season consisted of 11 new productions from Regional Theaters throughout the United states, plus repetitions of 8 plays produced by WNET in recent years. Some of these latter 8, like "The Rimers of Eldritch" and "Hogan's Goat", had previously aired on PBS under a different banner, such as NET Playhouse and Playhouse New York, (which debuted in 1972). Theater in America began in 1973, and officially became part of Great Performances the following year. All of this early innovation by Jac Venza and others appears to have contributed to the differing debut dates. Later, the Great Performances umbrella would also branch out to include Dance in America and Music in America. Additionally, the Great Performances umbrella also included Live From Lincoln Center from it's debut in 1976 until the summer of 1988. Live From Lincoln Center has it's own TVRage Listing and has not been included here.

For historical accuracy, it will be noted throughout this guide whenever a production was aired under the Great Performances umbrella, but with a different banner like Theater in America, Dance in America or Music in America.


Episode Info

Prev: 42x09 -- Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons' Inaugural Concert (May/29/2015)


This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons' tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor's close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, they then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with Wagner's Tannhauser Overture - the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music - and closes with Respighi's spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome.


Cast
Hal HolbrookHal Holbrook
As Host - Theater In America
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Recurring Guests

Julie Andrews (4 eps)
Audra McDonald (2 eps)
Eric Clapton (2 eps)
Ian Richardson as Bishop of Motopo (2 eps)
Garrison Keillor (2 eps)
Itzhak Perlman (2 eps)
Alec Guinness as Father Quixote (2 eps)

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Classification: Variety
Genre: Anthology | Cinema/Theatre | Dance | Music
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 23, 1974
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