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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
The Exterminating Angel

 

See the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ opera, a surreal fantasy of a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape, based on Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film. Starring John Tomlinson and Alice Coote, with direction from librettist Tom Cairns and conducted by Adès.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

 

The LA Philharmonic’s gala celebration of John Williams’ peerless achievements reunites him with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features Williams’ noted compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List and Star Wars.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2017

 

Julie Andrews hosts a traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The program features Strauss Family waltzes and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Elektra

 

Richard Strauss’ tragedy is presented in the late Patrice Chereau’s production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Nina Stemme stars as the vengeful princess, with Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens and Burkhard Ulrich.

 

Time for Three in Concert

Time for Three in Concert

 

Time for Three, a trio made up of violinists Nikki Chooi, Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, blends music genres in this performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The concert features a blend of pop, classical and folk music arranged in unique mash-ups. Vocalists include Joshua Radin and Lily & Madeleine.

 

The Dave Clark Five
– Glad All Over, A Great Performances Special

Dave Clark Five

 

The Dave Clark Five was actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus the first to spearhead rock and roll’s “British invasion” that changed the world. The group’s greatest hits include “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces” and “Over and Over.” This special features archival footage of the band, along with newly filmed interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, Sir Ian McKellen and others, all sharing their memories of how the music and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

 

The Vienna Philharmonic performs their annual open-air summer concert from the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Il Barbiere di Siviglia

 

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber of Seville. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid score, which features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in opera.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Driving Miss Daisy


 

Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to television, with performances
by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her
African American chauffeur. The twosome’s unlikely friendship evolves during
the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
The Merry Widow

 

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Franz Lehár’s effervescent operetta. Soprano Renée Fleming adds a new character to her Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed millionairess. Sir Andrew Davis conducts a stellar cast that includes baritone Nathan Gunn as Danilo; tenor Alek Shrader as Camille de Rosillon; and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta. Broadway star Kelli O’Hara makes her Met debut as Zeta’s wife, Valencienne. The operetta is performed in English. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts.