Great Performances

Season 42

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Season 42

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

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.

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

"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: Lady GaGa as Herself | Tony Bennett as Himself | Lady GaGa as Herself |
Guest Stars: Kristin Chenoweth as Herself (Host) | Kristin Chenoweth as Herself (Host)
Director: David Horn

42x03 - Cats

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 - Encores! Great Performances at the Met

Unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of Great Performances at The Met include performances by Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and other great opera stars and talents.

42x06 - American Voices with Renée Fleming

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.

42x07 - La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

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

42x08 - Bryan Adams in Concert

The Canadian singer/songwriter performs during his most recent tour in July 2014 at Toronto’s Elgin Theater. The concert features Adams playing many of his best-known songs, as well as selections from his most recent studio album, Tracks of My Years, his 2014 covers collection of classics from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Bryan’s Great Performances set includes such original hits as “Run to You,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ’69” and “Heaven,”

42x10 - Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

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

42x11 - Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons' Inaugural Concert

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.

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