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GREAT PERFORMANCES, the longest-running performing arts anthology on television, continues to feature the best in the performing arts.

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

Episode #3901
Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still
Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the story of Jacob's Pillow as an international dance center is interwoven throughout this performance documentary with never before seen footage and images from the Pillow's rare and extensive archives, including the pioneering Ted Shawn, who purchased Jacob's Pillow in 1931. Interspersed with the performances are intimate interviews with legendary dance artists including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, as well as one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 27th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #3908
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Choreographer Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty marks the choreographer's return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete his acclaimed reinterpretations of the composer's trio of masterworks that began in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995 with the international success, Swan Lake, featuring a cast of all-male swans. This timeless fairy tale about a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years was adapted into a beloved ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. In a highly theatrical production that is not your grandfather's Sleeping Beauty, Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the story at the height of the fin de siecle epoch when fairies, vampires and a decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As the heroine Aurora matures into a young woman, the period shifts to the rigid confines of the Edwardian era. Decades later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day -- a world she finds more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy tale. Bourne's haunting new scenario is a romance for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, resulting in a supernatural love story across the decades, one that even the passage of time cannot erase.
1 hour, 54 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 27th @ 2:00 pm

Episode #3813
Pavarotti: a Voice For The Ages
Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the greatest male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure. Audiences adored his larger than life personality, childlike charm, generous figure, and happy go lucky style. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since his career debut in Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich and finally London where he substituted for the ailing Giuseppe di Stefano as Rodolfo in La Boheme. Even today, it is his powerful sound with its natural grace and brilliant color which still leads many to consider him the world's greatest voice. It is Pavarotti who brought opera to the masses and made football fans worldwide fall in love with "Nessun dorma." This program includes that hit and other beloved arias from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini including "Mamma" and "O Sole Mio"; favorite sacred songs like "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night"; as well as popular duets with Bono, Sting and Eric Clapton.
1 hour, 27 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun May 11th @ 2:55 pm


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

Episode #3711
Jackie Evancho: Music of The Movies
In June 2011, eleven-year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho dazzled viewers with her first GREAT PERFORMANCES solo concert from the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. In follow-up to her GP debut, the little girl with a big voice returns with a new special showcasing the great songs from the silver screen. Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie puts her own unique stamp on such audience favorites as "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic), "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific), "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (The Lion King), "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), "When She Loved Me" (Toy Story 2) and many more.
58 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 6th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #3613
Phantom of The Opera at Royal Albert Hall
In celebration of its blockbuster 25th anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London's Royal Albert Hall. Starring Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, Sierra Boggess as his protege Christine Daae, and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, the romantic trio is backed by a complete cast and orchestra of more than 200, as well as surprise special guest appearances. Regarded by many as Lloyd Webber's masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre, and is based on the French novel Le Fantome de l'Opera. Worldwide the show has grossed over $5.6 billion, with box office revenues higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET and Star Wars. It has been produced in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway's longest running show ever.
3 hours, 29 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Mar 23rd @ 1:00 pm

Episode #3501
Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration From Madis
With a career spanning more than half a century, legendary folk artist and political activist, Pete Seeger turned 90 in May of 2009. Born to a large family of musicians, young Peter first learned to play the ukulele, graduating to the five-string banjo in the mid-1930s, ultimately mastering the instrument and in the process, galvanizing the American folk music movement. A pioneer of protest music, Seeger's anti-Vietnam War songs, including the now famous "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," as well his interpretation of the Civil Rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome," garnered mainstream attention in the 1960's, revitalizing the genre and paving the way for countless other activist musicians-including Bob Dylan-to achieve widespread acclaim. Joining Seeger for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event in celebration of his milestone birthday at Madison Square Garden are Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens, Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn, Ani DiFranco, Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Peggy Seeger, Dave Matthews, and many others who perform songs inspired by his music and activism.
1 hour, 23 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3714
Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosts an all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them as America's only ongoing primetime stage for all varieties of the performing arts. Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, New York City Ballet's Peter Martins, Patti Austin with Take 6, Met Opera star Elina Garanca and Michael Buble are among the guest stars gathering to applaud the four decades of performing arts that have been available to "viewers like you" across America.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Mar 10th @ 6:59 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3907
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebratio
In a special encore presentation, Great Performances presents The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration, a star-studded concert tribute to the American pop music icon at New York's Madison Square Garden. The special takes viewers front row center and backstage, capturing all of the excitement and emotion of this historic, once-in-a-lifetime concert as the greatest names in popular music - including Tom Petty, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, John Mellencamp, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Sinead O'Connor, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder and many others pay homage to Bob Dylan and the songs that made him a legend.
1 hour, 59 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 9th @ 9:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Mar 8th @ 8:00 pm


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