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Documentary examining 20th century African-American art through the stories of African-American writers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers.
Alan King hosts his third university forum exploring the historical principles of stand-up comedy from Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
A backstage look at the premiere performance of Zhang Yimou's opera directorial debut of Puccini's "Turandot" at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival in Florence, Italy.
Every year, as the first ice forms around the village of Churchill in Manitoba, on the edge of Hudson's Bay, the polar bears end their summer fast and head into town.
Performance-documentary celebrating the music of Aaron Copland on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program traces the development of Copland's work for the concert hall, theater and film, as well as his ballets for Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham.
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
The annual New Year's Day concert from Vienna's Musikverein Hall.
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological
A literary biography of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The program includes excerpts from private letters, photos from family albums, interviews with Fitzgerald's friends and E.L. Doctorow, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald's drawings and paintings.
The program celebrates the master of the 20th century musical -- Richard Rodgers -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Rodgers composed over 800 songs and wrote more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collabo
Documentary that profiles eight different elephants, all of whom have lived in captivity, from circuses, to zoos, to hard labor. Highlights include a 52-year-old female that encounters other elephants for the first time in 25 years. The program underscores the intelligence and social complexity of t
Documentary that explores the capabilities of a wide variety of birds, including many that suggest intelligence, and the relationships that humans have established with their winged friends.
Concert special featuring Paul Simon from the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Few dancers imagine a professional life beyond 40, but one company embraces the rich potential of the older dancer. Under artistic director Jiri Kylian, the Nederlands Dans Theatre III strives to break stereotypical limitations. The program features six NDTIII dancers: former Nureyev protege Gary Ch
Presentation of the Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner," the story of a famous, irascible, big-city radio personality (based on Alexander Woolcott) who is forced by injury to spend several weeks in the home of an unassuming Midwest middle-class family. Th
Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever
Musical loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," that follows the adventures of a young woman who poses as a man to pursue her dream of being a songwriter. Performed at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Trilogy of one-act operas set in New York's Central Park and performed at the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center. In "The Festival of Regrets," congregants from a synagogue meet at the Bethesda Fountain for tashlich, a ceremony in which one throws bread into the water, symbolically casting off the
Documentary that tells the story of African-Americans in opera from the time of Paul Robeson. Featured in interviews are the first black baritone to perform at the Met, Robert McFerrin, his son Bobby McFerrin, Grace Bumbry and Leontyne Price, as well as opera company directors and orchestra conducto
Journeying through the major traditions and stylistic currents that have shaped the 20th century history of the piano, this performance documentary bisects other important developments in music: recording techniques, instrument manufacture, Hollywood films and the psychology of the world's virtuoso
As the rainy season ends on the savannah in southern Tanzania, the easy prey move on, leaving the lions with only one viable option for avoiding starvation -- attack the water buffalo. But the tactic can be just as risky for the predator as for the prey. The program examines two ancient adversaries
Profile of author, critic, intellectual, activist Norman Mailer. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1923, Mailer grew up in Brooklyn. At Harvard, he earned his first literary prizes. He joined the Army after graduation with the intention of writing a great war novel. He served as an infantry man in
A performance of "La Forza del Destino," Giuseppe Verdi's tale of family loyalties divided by romance. Giuseppe Verdi's original 1862 version of "La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny), especially written to debut at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, differs in many respects from his 1869 r
A celebration of the songs of Rodgers & Hart. Features interviews, classic clips and new renditions of their songs.
Backstage interviews and highlights from the Broadway season's hits. Also features the first hour of the American Theatre Wing's 53rd annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards and the live presentation of 10 awards, including Best Direction of a Play and Musical, Choreography, Original Score, Book of a
Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming sing classical and popular romantic songs with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Documentary that examines the 1200-mile Iditarod race through the Alaskan wilderness. The annual event, which grew out of a celebrated medical rescue mission by sled dogs early in the 20th century, honors the heroic traditions of sled dogs in northern settlements.
A tribute to the late Alvin Ailey by choreographer-dancer Judith Jamison, performance artist-actress Anna Deveare Smith and filmmaker Orlando Bagwell. Features the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performing Jamison's choreography to Smith's synthesis of the dancer's memories of working with Ailey
The New York City Opera presents "Lizzie Borden," an opera about the unsolved murders of the parents of Lizzie Borden.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou's Maggio Musicale production of Puccini's "Turandot" is performed Beijing, China. "Turandot" is the story of a beautiful princess in ancient China who demands that her suitors solve three riddles or face death.
To celebrate the 100th birthday of pianist, arranger and bandleader Duke Ellington , Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform selections of Ellington's music. The program also features swing dancing and documentary sequences that explore Ellington's compassions as a composer.
A profile of playwright, cabaret composer and actor Noel Coward (1899-1973). Chronicles his image as a 1920s enfant terrible through his wartime career, his contacts with the Royal Family and his emigration from Britain. Includes clips from a 1969 BBC interview of Coward discussing his career and sc
Documentary that presents a comprehensive look at one of the most revered and influential animals of human history. The horse -- means of transport, warrior, explorer, laborer and close companion -- has had a profound impact on human civilization. In the reaches of Mongolia, horses of Mongolian noma
Placido Domingo performs highlights from "Parsifal," Richard Wagner's opera that dramatizes the mystique of The Grail - the cup which Jesus drank from at The Last Supper. Violeta Urmana joins Domingo as Kundry and Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra and Choir. Features an interview with Wagn
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Kurt Masur, and special guests, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with conductor Wynton Marsalis present a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington from Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Includes selections from Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt" cond
Documentary that examines the ways in which animals help teach, heal and strengthen people in body, mind and spirit. The program also explores the ways humans continue to observe and emulate animal behavior to learn nature's lessons.
Documentary that explores Antarctica's weather phenomena, its rugged and adaptable wildlife and the powerful dynamics of its ever-changing icecap. Part 1 discusses the effects of the katabatic -- the relentless wind that sweeps over the Antarctic landscape, often at speeds of more than 100 mile per
Walter Cronkite hosts a New Year's celebration from Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Austria. Conductor Lorin Maazel leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of waltzes composed by members of the Strauss family.
Concert performance celebrating the 50th birthday of composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Luciano Pavarotti and guest artists perform in Modena, Italy, to benefit the children of Liberia.
A celebration of the songs of the late John Denver and the places and wildlife that inspired them.
Performance of Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera, "L'Elisir D'Amore." This Lyon National Opera production is set in southern Italy in the 1930s. True-hearted peasant Nemorino believes he can win the heart of rich, beautiful Adina with an exotic elixir of love -- which in reality is simply red wine.
Holiday concert from Vienna of polkas, waltzes and marches composed by members of the Strauss family and others.
An operatic adaptation by Andre Previn and Phillip Littell of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Documentary about the personal and professional partnership of French ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit. Traces their collaboration back to its first international success with "Carmen" in 1949. Also featured are clips from Jeanmaire's Hollywood musicals, her Petit-choreographe
Performance documentary showing the behind-the-scenes process of bringing the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime" to a new Broadway theatre constructed from two pre-existing 42nd Street landmark houses.
A presentation of the stage musical, "Cats," about a magical meeting of assorted cats. Taped at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic in selections from the three Strausses -- Johann, Johann Jr. and Richard -- live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The program features soprano Deborah Voigt, mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and coloratura soprano Noemi Nadelmann.
Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, conducts and performs with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in a program of jazz concertos, live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Alan King hosts a forum at Harvard University exploring the origins of stand-up comedy styles.
Performance documentary on the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb whose 35-year collaboration has produced Broadway and movie classics such as "Chicago," "Cabaret," "New York, New York," "Woman of the Year," and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
The San Francisco Opera returns to the refurbished and seismically secure War Memorial Opera House to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a concert featuring the world's finest singers.
A live telecast commemorating the opening night of the New York Philharmonic's 156th season and marking the official celebration of music director Kurt Masur's 70th birthday.
Concert performance marking the gala opening of Lincoln Center's 30th Most Mozart Festival.
Multi-part documentary exploring the insect world. Computer animation, live-action footage and powerful cameras are combined to provide an "insect's eye-view" of their complex existence.
Live telecast of an annual New Year's Day concert in Vienna, Austria, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of music by the Strauss family and others. The Vienna State Opera Ballet also performs two dance sequences.
Teresa Stratas, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed are among the singers who perform the songs of Kurt Weill, the classically-trained, socially-conscious, German-born composer who fled the Nazis and became one of Broadway's most creative talents.
Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera perform Manuel Penella's 1916 opera "El Gato Montes," about a love triangle between a gypsy woman, a bullfighter and a bandit.
Collection of dramatic monologues featuring a cast of acclaimed actresses playing women with little in common on the surface but a shared bond of tragedy or misfortune. The segments are entitled: "Handler," "Clear Glass Marbles," "Rodeo," "Twirler" "Marks" and "Lamps."
Vintage performance glimpses of 16 podium titans at work, from Arthur Nikisch in 1913 to Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
Performance documentary observing young jazz master Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins as they work together to create a new jazz dance for the New York City Ballet, "Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)."
Conductor John Maurceri examines the great film scores of the 1930s and 1940s.
Robin Williams, Debra Winger and Christopher Reeve travel into the untamed natural world to encounter the animals of their choice -- dolphins, giant pandas and gray whales.
Three-part special in which Peggy Noonan, former aide to Presidents Reagan and Bush, talks to guests about the debate over national identity.
The town loner is surprised to find in himself the wisdom to help a troubled young vistor to Shining Time Station.
A series of specials examining the Cold War as it looked from the other side of the Iron Curtain, including eyewitness accounts, secret documents from Kremlin archives and film footage from personal sources and newly opened state collections.
A child's wish brings a heroic cowboy to life from a mural on the station house wall.
Live presentation of the commencement to Lincoln Center's 29th annual Mostly Mozart music festival.
Special primetime episode of the series "Shining Time Station." The gang learns how important it is to be yourself, and not pretend to be something your not, when members of the royal family get stranded at Shining Time Station.
Retrospective profile of the actress/singer Julie Andrews. Includes behind-the-scenes look at album recording sessions and rehearsals for the Broadway musical "Victor/Victoria," adapted from her hit movie, as well as clips from her varied film and television musical career.
A documentary looking at the ways new technologies, advances in medical science and changes in personal attitudes continue to alter society's notion of physical disability.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, opens the 1995 season at Carnegie Hall with an all-Tchaikovsky program.
Musical tribute to lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, through performances of songs he wrote with composers Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers. Includes archival footage.
Natalie Cole performs a festive repertoire of holiday favorites. Includes an appearance by "Sesame Street"'s Elmo.
Performance/documentary/tribute which looks at the work of Jim Henson -- from the Muppets to his other fantastic creations for film and television. Includes interviews with friends, colleagues and family.
Documentary essay on the emerging global economy. Deals with the impact of global economic forces on national economies by providing a look at these economies over a four-week period culminating in the meetings of the International Monetary Fund.
A concert by The Chamber Music Society, broadcast live from Lincoln Center.
A documentary profiling the career of singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles.
Broadcast of a concert by the New York Philharmonic on its 150th anniversary, broadcast live from Lincoln Center.
A broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
A documentary profiling the life of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
Examination of the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and J. Edgar Hoover's control of the agency for almost fifty years.
A special featuring Johnny Mathis peforming a variety of songs from his 40-year career. Includes film clips, photographs and conversations with Mathis.
A documentary on the life and career of actress Helen Hayes. Friends and associates are interviewed and film clips of some of her performances are shown. Also includes an interview with Hayes. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary profiling the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary focusing on the world of abstract expressionist art in New York in the 1950s and Robert Motherwell, a pioneer of the movement.
A documentary profiling the life of 19th-century painter and sculptor of the American West, Frederic Remington. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
Documentary examining the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Uses interviews, archival footage, home movies, propaganda films, feature movies and cartoons.
A documentary focusing on the community of Aspen, Colorado, and the people who live, work, visit and play there.
Explores the life and career of Lyndon Johnson, from his early years in Texas politics to the turbulent times of his presidency.
A documentary examining physicist Albert Einstein's roles as humanitarian and philosopher. Uses home movies, archival footage and interviews with Einstein's friends and colleagues. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A three-part special examining quality in the global marketplace.
A documentary exploring the history of The Actors Studio, the academy founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasburg. The school advanced a naturalistic style of acting based on the work of Russian director and teacher Konstantin Stanislavski, which in the U.S. has a
A documentary tracing the career and life of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Waldo Salt, who overcame the stigma of the 1950s blacklist to write "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home."
A tribute in honor of author/playwright Vaclav Havel's first visit to the United States as president of Czechoslovakia.
A pilot for a magazine series focusing on American art and popular culture.
A documentary following photographer Andre Kertesz in the last year of his life as he travels from New York to Budapest, to Paris, illustrating how these three cities greatly affected his art.
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