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Season 42

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Season 42

42x01 - Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem

Sep/13/2014
This patriotic special will feature a diverse star-studded line up of entertainers paying tribute to our nation’s ideals in a thrilling and inspiring concert at the Pier Six Pavilion. The Baltimore harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels, will serve as a stunning backdrop. The program will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.
Starring Roles: John Lithgow as Himself (Host)

42x02 - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

Oct/24/2014
"Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" Features an evening of classic jazz standards in both vocal duets and solo performances. Taped at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, 2014; each song was handpicked by the artists, and features classic selections from the Great American Songbook. Songs include “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” and the title track from their recent album, “Cheek To Cheek.”

Part of 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival
Starring Roles: Tony Bennett as Himself | Lady GaGa as Herself |
Guest Stars: Kristin Chenoweth as Herself (Host)
Director: David Horn

42x03 - Cats

Nov/21/2014
One of musical theater’s greatest blockbusters of all time returns to Great Performances for a special encore presentation of this Tony award-winning Best Musical. In its nearly 18-year run on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s delightful interpretation of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has gone on to delight audiences around the globe. Lavishly filmed for television with a specially augmented 76-piece orchestra, highlights include Elaine Paige’s Grizabella and her show-stopping solo “Memory.”

Part of 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival

42x04 - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015

Jan/01/2015
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns to host the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic and guest conductor Zubin Mehta in a concert of favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna State Ballet.
Guest Stars: Julie Andrews as Host

42x05 - American Voices with Renée Fleming

Jan/09/2015
From the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, world-renowned American opera singer Renée Fleming convenes a festival of special guests to join her in celebrating the diverse range of America’s vocal artistry. Featuring various festival highlights, American Voices showcases a fascinating forum as young artists receive one-on-one mentoring from some of the most respected singers in their respective fields, including Ben Folds, Dianne Reeves, Sutton Foster, Eric Owens, Kim Burrell and Alison Krauss. Also featured are performances from the festival’s concert finale with Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling, and Norm Lewis backed by the National Symphony Orchestra led by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

42x06 - La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

Feb/27/2015
Memorable themes from Italian cinema written by such composers as Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota are performed by the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Alan Gilbert, with Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell.

Source: PBS TV

1 :42x07 - Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Mar/27/2015
A performance of choreographer Mark Morris' acclaimed "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato," set to Handel's Baroque masterpiece of the same name, at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Mikhail Baryshnikov hosts.

Source: PBS

2 :42x08 - Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

Apr/03/2015
2014 "Nostalgia" album in this concert from L.A., including "Memphis in June," "Georgia on My Mind," "I Put a Spell on You," "Summertime" and "Mood Indigo," in addition to "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Why."

Source: PBS
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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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