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American Masters
Genre: Arts
AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #2502
Cab Calloway: Sketches
"Hi de hi de hi de ho," the popular refrain from "Minnie the Moocher" was Cab Calloway's signature song and Harlem's famous Cotton Club was his home stage. A singer, dancer and band leader, Calloway was an exceptional figure in the history of jazz -- a consummate musician, he charmed audiences across the world with boundless energy, bravado and elegant showmanship. His back glide dance step is the precursor to Michael Jackson's moonwalk and his scatting lyrics find their legacy in today's hip-hop and rap. An ambassador for his race, Calloway was the first black musician to tour the segregationist South, as early as 1932. At the top of his game in the jazz and swing eras of the 30s and 40s, he toured as Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess, forever putting his personal stamp on "It Ain't Necessarily So." His career flagged until he was rediscovered in the 1980s Blues Brothers and even on Sesame Street, becoming a new cult hero of sorts.
55 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #2803
American Ballet Theatre: a History
Delve into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines rehearsal footage, performances and interviews with key figures including Misty Copeland, Susan Jaffe and Kevin McKenzie.
1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun May 17th @ 2:30 pm

Episode #2802
Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler
Discover the mysterious violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students, performances and home movies. Jascha Heifetz' story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: a dedication to his craft at all costs. Danny Burstein narrates.
55 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 19th @ 3:00 pm

Episode #2403
James Levine: America's Maestro
To celebrate his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera, conductor James Levine's life and current work are the subject of a documentary that captures the essence of his unparalleled musicianship and his singular teaching and performance style, while looking back at creative milestones since his Met debut in 1971 at the age of 28. Over the past 12 months, filmmaker Susan Froemke has followed Levine. Included in the film are intimate scenes between the maestro and longtime collaborator Placido Domingo as they rehearse Verdi's Simon Boccanegra; intense rehearsals with the Met Orchestra as they prepare for their first performance of Beethoven's 5th Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and Levine's poignant coaching sessions with aspiring young singers preparing to launch their careers. The film provides a revealing portrait of one of classical music's giants, exploring how Levine transformed the Met's orchestra into one of the great ensembles, elicited legendary performances from leading singers, and nurtured new generations of artists.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 19th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #2704
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Explore, through Lange's granddaughter's eyes, the life story of the influential "Migrant Mother" photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.
1 hour, 55 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Mar 29th @ 2:00 pm


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