Paul McCartney performs songs from his 2012 "Kisses on the Bottom" album of pop standards at Capitol Studios in L.A., where he's joined by Diana Krall and Joe Walsh. Included: "Home"; "More I Cannot Wish You"; "Always"; "Bye Bye Blackbird"; "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter"; "The Glory of Love"; "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"; and the original "My Valentine." Interspersed are interview segments with McCartney and "Kisses" collaborators Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Krall.
Grammy Award-winning, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart, hosts his first holiday special. The legendary rocker performs classic songs from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Auld Lang Syne". Includes duets with Michael Buble, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Previously unseen footage and remarks from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr accent this look at the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" movie, which was panned upon its 1967 BBC premiere but, in the years since, has come to be viewed as a flawed masterpiece by some. Also commenting: Martin Scorsese; Peter Fonda; Terry Gilliam; and Neil Innes.
The Beatles' Merry Pranksters-inspired "Magical Mystery Tour," fully restored and featuring a remixed soundtrack that includes the title song, "The Fool on the Hill," "Flying," "I Am the Walrus," "Blue Jay Way" and "Your Mother Should Know." The loose, unscripted story finds the Fab Four and friends setting off on a bus trip through the British countryside; and contains silliness, dream sequences and, of course, musical interludes.
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the fourth time to host the festive annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst from Vienna’s Musikverein. This is Welser-Möst’s second time at the podium of this much cherished event; the last was 2011. From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013, featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and contemporaries.
The venerable concert is the largest worldwide event in classical music reaching over a
billion people annually through radio and television in 72 countries. The Vienna Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s program has showcased Viennese musical culture at the highest level, and since the first television broadcast in 1959, sent the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace. The telecast has been a public television tradition on PBS since 1985.
From Yiddishkeit” (all things Jewish) on the stages of the Lower East Side to a wide range of shows including "Porgy and Bess", "West Side Story" and "Cabaret", "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" explores how Jewish music played a key role in many of America’s favorite musicals. The film, narrated by Joel Grey, explores the phenomenon of how Jewish songwriters created a uniquely American art form and explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Features interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, and showcases the work of some of America's pre-eminent creators of musical theatre. Though these remarkable songwriters were purveyors of what we think of today as the Broadway sound, the documentary demonstrates how there were echoes of Jewish strains in many of the works.
The making of Paul Simon's 1986 "Graceland" album is recalled in this documentary, which accompanies the singer-songwriter on a visit to South Africa, where he reunites with some of the musicians involved in the recording. The album has sold more than 14 million copies and is considered one of the touchstone recordings of its time, yet the success and acclaim did not come without controversy: Simon was criticized for breaking a cultural boycott then in place against apartheid-era South Africa.
The Italian fishing village of Portofino, Italy is famous for its picturesque harbor and frequent celebrity visitors. For "Great Performances", it is the setting for international superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli to once again delight fans with a new concert special. With Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino, he puts classical music aside for an evening of international favorites inspired by the breathtaking coastal setting.
Great Performances presents two of Paul Taylor’s masterworks: "Brandenburgs" and "Beloved Renegade". "Brandenburgs" is one of Taylor’s magnificent collection of works set to music by a master of the baroque. The dance’s exuberance matches the ferocious energy of Bach’s spirited concertos. "Beloved Renegade" is set to Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th Century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered the body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardor. The dances were recorded last year at the Théâtre National de Chaillot during the Festival Les Étes de la Danse 2012; where the company dazzled audiences. The engagement in Paris marks The Company’s 50th Anniversary of its first appearance there in 1962.
Awarded the National Medal of Arts in March 2012, the beloved dance festival Jacob’s Pillow shows no signs of resting on its laurels. Narrated by director-choreographer Bill T. Jones, Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still chronicles the remarkable story of how an abandoned farm in western Massachusetts evolved into an international modern dance mecca. Also interwoven throughout this performance are documentary images and footage from the Pillow's rare and extensive archives.
Distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel leads the fifth annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013 concert. This year’s gala concert revolves around the works of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom would have celebrated their 200th birthday this year, and features German Canadian tenor soloist Michael Schade.
The outdoor concert, in the magnificent baroque gardens of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, was recorded May 30 during a windswept rainstorm. Selections from Verdi included the triumphal march from “Aida”, the overtures to “La Forza del Destino”, as well as “La mia letizia infondere” from “I Lombardi”. The Wagner selections featured the Grail Narrative from “Lohengrin” and music from his operas “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg”, “Tristan and Isolde”, and “Die Walküre”.
King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, and Thomas Mowbray. Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke’s Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. After seizing Gaunt’s money and lands, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland and the Duke of York, Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.
The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, defies his father, King Henry, by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal’s rival, Hotspur, Hotspur’s father Northumberland, and his uncle Worcester. In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and Kill Hotspur in hand-to-hand combat.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, Northumberland learns of the death of his son. The Lord Chief Justice attempts, on behalf of the increasingly frail King, to separate Falstaff from Prince Hal. The rebels continue to plot insurrection. Falstaff is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress, Doll Tearsheet. The rebel forces are overcome. This brings comfort to the dying King, who is finally reconciled to his son. Falstaff rushes to Hal’s coronation with expectations of high office, only to be rebuffed by the former prince who has now become King Henry V.
Henry V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine King. The French Ambassador brings a challenge from the French Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers, including Exeter and York, Henry swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The Chorus tells of England’s preparations for war and Henry’s army sails for France. After Exeter’s diplomacy is rebuffed by the French King, Henry lays a heavy siege and captures Harfleur. The French now take Henry’s claims seriously and challenge the English army to battle at Agincourt. Henry and his meager forces prove victorious against all odds.
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. In celebration of this extraordinary legacy on the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni gather to share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them. Includes reminiscences and performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6. The program will launch this year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event anchored by seven films that highlight artists and performances from around the country, with related online content.
PBS Great Performances presents composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s award-winning opera Moby-Dick, broadcast as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Composed in two acts and sung in English, Heggie and Scheer’s opera adaptation brings a thrilling new musical dimension to one of the towering classics of American literature, Herman Melville’s celebrated novel Moby-Dick.
From the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and featuring an all-star cast, Great Performances presents the New York Philharmonic’s concert staging of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, “Company”. The groundbreaking musical premiered in 1970 and had Broadway revivals in 1995 and 2006. “Company” centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor, celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends, who happen to be five couples.
As part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the legendary Barbra Streisand gives a homecoming concert in "Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn". Mixing her trademark classics with rarer older material and selections from her more recent albums, Streisand, in her first concert appearance in six years, and backed by a 60-piece orchestra led by William Ross, keeps the capacity house enthralled. In all, she sings 27 songs, nine of which she never before performed live, and three which she sings in different ways; that is, either with different arrangements or with newly composed lyrics. Streisand masterfully holds the stage for two hours, joined by special guests Il Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti, and (making it a true family affair) son Jason Gould, who thrilled the audience singing solo and in a duet with his mother.