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Great Performances is a television anthology series dedicated to the performing arts; the banner has been used to televise theatrical performances such as plays, musicals, opera, ballet, concerts, as well as occasional documentaries. It is produced by the PBS member stations WNET in New York City (originally in conjunction with KQED San Francisco, WTTW Chicago, Maryland Public Television, South Carolina ETV and KERA-TV of Dallas/Fort Worth).

Great Performances
GenrePerforming Arts
Directed bySteve Ruggi
Presented byWalter Cronkite (1988–2009); Julie Andrews (1989–present), among others
Theme music composerJohn Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons46
Release
Original networkPBS
Original releaseNovember 4, 1972 (1972-11-04) – present
External links
Website

The series is the longest running performing arts anthology on television, and has won an Emmy Award, three Peabody Awards[1][2][3] and an Image Award, with nods from the Directors Guild of America and the Cinema Audio Society.[4]

The program's spin-off, Great Performances: Dance In America, which began on PBS in 1976, concentrates solely on dance. The first episode "Sue's Leg: Remembering the Thirties" featured choreography by Twyla Tharp. Later episodes featured such performers as Mikhail Baryshnikov. Although it is not seen as often as previously, there have recently been new Dance in America programs, such as the Emmy-winning 2005 production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, starring Angel Corella, Gillian Murphy and the American Ballet Theatre.

In 2007, Great Performances began telecasting performances from the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series,[5] a series of HD opera tapings re-purposed from their original purpose as Fathom Events films carried in high-quality movie theaters for a premium admission price.

Repeat guest hosts include Walter Cronkite, Julie Andrews and Whoopi Goldberg. Major underwriters throughout the show's run have included The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS viewers, Exxon, Martin Marietta, Texaco, Deluxe, Duracell, Ernst & Young, Chase Manhattan Bank and UBS.

In 2009, a new theme music for Great Performances was introduced, composed by John Williams.[6]

Contents

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1972–73)Edit

Season 2 (1973–74)Edit

  • The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (January 16, 1974)
  • Enemies (January 23, 1974)
  • June Moon (January 30, 1974)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (February 6, 1974)
  • Antigone (February 13, 1974)
  • King Lear (February 20, 1974)
  • In Fashion (March 20, 1974)
  • Feasting with Panthers (March 27, 1974)
  • Theater in America: A Touch of the Poet (May 15, 1974)
  • Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here? (May 22, 1974)

Season 3 (1974–75)Edit

  • The Windowing of Mrs. Holroyd (May 8, 1974)
  • Bernstein at Tanglewood (December 25, 1974)
  • The Seagull (January 5, 1975)
  • The Ceremony of Innocence (March 1, 1975)
  • The Rules of the Game (April 30, 1975)

Season 4 (1975–76)Edit

  • Dance in America: Martha Graham Dance Company (April 7, 1976)
  • The Patriots (May 26, 1976)

Season 5 (1976–77)Edit

  • Secret Service (January 12, 1977)
  • Arthur Rubinstein at 90 (January 26, 1977)

Season 6 (1977–78)Edit

  • The Royal Family (November 9, 1977)[7]
  • Verna: USO Girl (January 25, 1978)
  • Uncommon Women and Others (May 24, 1978)

Season 7 (1978–79)Edit

  • The Good Doctor (November 8, 1978)

Season 8 (1979–1980)Edit

  • The Five Forty-Eight (November 7, 1979)
  • Samuel Beckett's Happy Days (June 25, 1980)

Season 9 (1980–81)Edit

  • Beverly! Her Farewell Performance (January 5, 1981)
  • Great Performances at the Met: "L'Elisir D'Amore" (March 2, 1981)
  • The Girls in their Summer Dresses and Other Stories (June 1, 1981)

Season 10 (1981–82)Edit

  • Norma (September 20, 1981)
  • La Clemenza di Tito (October 19, 1981)
  • Brideshead Revisited (January 18, 1982)

Season 11 (1982–83)Edit

  • Great Performances' 10th Anniversary Celebration (December 6, 1982)
  • Ellington: The Music Lives On (March 7, 1983)
  • The Innocents Abroad (May 9, 1983)

Season 12 (1983–84)Edit

  • Alice in Wonderland (October 3, 1983)
  • Callas: An International Celebration (December 11, 1983)
  • The Magic Flute (January 9, 1984)
  • La Cenerentola (February 6, 1984)
  • Choreographer's Notebook: Stravinsky Piano Ballets by Peter Martins (February 13, 1984)

Season 13 (1984–85)Edit

Alice in Wonderland 1985)

Season 14 (1985-86)Edit

  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva (October 11, 1985)
  • Three by Three (October 18, 1985)
  • Laurence Olivier -- A Life (October 25, 1985)
  • The Gospel at Colonus (November 8, 1985)
  • (November 18, 1985)
  • Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (November 22, 1985)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (November 29, 1985)
  • San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella (December 7, 1985)
  • Falstaff (December 13, 1985)
  • Rossini at Versailles (December 27, 1985)
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1986 hosted by Walter Cronkite (January 1, 1986)[8]
  • On the Razzle (January 3, 1986)
  • (January 14, 1986)
  • Heartbreak House (January 24, 1986)
  • Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera (January 31, 1986)
  • The Cotton Club Remembered (February 7, 1986)
  • Irving Berlin’s America (March 7, 1986)
  • Follies in Concert (March 14, 1986)
  • Cavalleria Rusticana (March 21, 1986)
  • Bernstein Conducts Haydn’s Mass in Time of War (March 28, 1986)
  • Elektra (April 11, 1986)
  • Early Days (April 18, 1986)
  • Choreography by Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet (May 2, 1986)
  • Grown Ups (May 9, 1986)
  • Boxes: With the Sydney Dance Company (May 16, 1986)
  • Bernstein on Brahms: Reflections and Performance (May 23, 1986)

Season 15 (1986-87)Edit

Season 17 (1988-89)Edit

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1989 hosted by Walter Cronkite (January 1, 1989)[8]

Show Boat 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production

Season 18 (1989-90)Edit

Season 19 (1990-91)Edit

Season 20 (1991-92)Edit

Season 21 (1992-93)Edit

Season 22 (1993-94)Edit

Season 23 (1994-95)Edit

Season 24 (1995-96)Edit

Season 25 (1996-97)Edit

Season 26 (1997-98)Edit

Season 27 (1998-99)Edit

Season 28 (1999-2000)Edit

Season 29 (2000-01)Edit

Season 30 (2001-02)Edit

Season 31 (2002-03)Edit

Season 32 (2003-04)Edit

Season 33 (2004-05)Edit

Season 34 (2005-06)Edit

Show Boat 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production

Season 36 (2007-08)Edit

Season 37 (2008-09)Edit

Show Boat 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production

Season 38 (2009-10)Edit

Show Boat 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production

Season 39 (2010-11)Edit

Season 40 (2011-12)Edit

Season 41 (2012-13)Edit

Season 42 (2013-14)Edit

Season 43 (2014-15)Edit

Show Boat 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production

Season 44 (2015-16)Edit

Season 45 (2016-17)Edit

Season 46 (2017-18)Edit

Season 47 (2018-19)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.
  2. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.
  3. ^ 63rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2004.
  4. ^ Comprehensive IMDb listing of awards
  5. ^ PBS: Great Performances: Opera on Film
  6. ^ "John Williams Composes Theme Music for Thirteen's Great Performances in Unique Collaboration" (Press release). WNET. March 16, 2009. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via Reuters.
  7. ^ "Television This Week: Of Special Interest". The New York Times. November 6, 1977. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v pbs.org From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009
  9. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2011
  10. ^ kpbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2011
  11. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2012
  12. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013
  13. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014
  14. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015
  15. ^ Driving Miss Daisy: About the Play – Premiere date: July 17, 2015. PBS.org
  16. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016
  17. ^ pbs.org Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2017
  18. ^ Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special, November 10, 2017, retrieved November 27, 2017
  19. ^ pbs.org "Great Performances Toasts 2018 with New Host Hugh Bonneville for Annual Broadcast Tradition From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration".
  20. ^ "'Great Performances' imports UK's 'Sound of Music'". UnionLeader.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.

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