New York’s THIRTEEN, the flagship station of PBS, celebrates 50 years of setting the gold standard for television and providing exceptional community and educational services to the New York metropolitan area.
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 great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure. Half a million people flocked to hear the maestro in Central Park and millions worldwide watched on television. Audiences adored his larger than life personality, childlike charm, generous figure, and happy go lucky style. To his adoring fans, the tenor became a titan of popular culture. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the launch of the international phenomenon. In 1963, he debuted 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 one-hour 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.
Concluding THIRTEEN/WNET’s celebration of its 50th anniversary, “The 90’s and Beyond – Changing Landscape,” episode four of the four-part series "Pioneers of Thirteen," explores the fourth and fifth decades of the channel’s history, from the 1990s to the present day. As the cable and satellite revolution gave way to the digital and internet revolution, THIRTEEN would continue to innovate, and embrace the 21st Century and its ever-changing media landscape.
"The 90’s and Beyond – Changing Landscape" is told through personal interviews with prominent journalists, producers, directors and performers, including such notables as: famed talk show host Charlie Rose, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., opera diva Renée Fleming, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb, and veteran journalists Bill Moyers, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer.
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 – Aug. 6, 2012) had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit — “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for The Sting, Sophie’s Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line — made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan, and concert halls worldwide. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, he defied classical expectations to create his own music. When his unprecedented streak ended, Hamlisch fell into a self-described “period of suffocating despair,” before rebounding to find true love worthy of a Broadway musical and renewed passion for creation. With exclusive access to Hamlisch's personal archival treasure trove, new interviews with A-list collaborators from Barbra Streisand to Steven Soderbergh, and complete cooperation from his family, this documentary tells a deeply personal, insider story of one of the greatest artists of our time.
Always one of “our favorite things,” we continue the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast will feature a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews will return as host.
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