Tina Turner and Dolly Parton in live concerts, a performance by Renée Fleming, a look back at Loretta Lynn’s life and songs, plus a film on dancer Twyla Tharp.
The 400-year-old history of the Black Church and its role in faith, gospel music, building community, civil rights activism, and more is presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Newly released interviews with Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, Dionne Warwick and more reveal personal relationships, artistry, life lessons and the ramifications of racism.
Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Ciceley Tyson, and Pam Grier conquered an entertainment industry complicit in systemic racism, transforming themselves and their audience.
Note new time: Friday, January 15 at 10pm! Great Performances: The Magic of Callas centers on the opera superstar’s dramatic 1964 comeback at London’s Royal Opera House.
December concerts, holiday and Christmas music, and a Call the Midwife special, plus a unity concert featuring Anna Deavere Smith on New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day Celebration from Vienna.
Ledisi pays tribute to Nina Simone in her first PBS special.
Two films pay tribute to singer-songwriter John Lennon during the week he would have turned 80. Both center on his post-Beatles career and life.
Itzhak Perlman, Scott Yoo, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and more share their artistry and insights to classical music.
Sammy Davis, Jr.’s vast talent and journey for identity in 20th-century America is featured in a new American Masters film on PBS.
Virtuoso violinist and curious musician Scott Yoo travels the world in the series “Now Hear This” to better understand the music he plays and conducts.
The private world of the bandleader and musician from Red Bank, NJ, is revealed in this documentary special.
Productions filmed by Great Performances air on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in June.
Great Performances: Bernstein Mass captures not only a great music-theater work by composer Leonard Bernstein, but a summertime tradition: the outdoor music festival.
Produced by and starring Frank Sinatra, the evening included Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more.