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One of the most prominent landscape painters of the 19th century, Albert Bierstadt established his reputation with grand-scale and dramatically conceived “Great Pictures” of the American West that embodied the national agenda of expansionism known as Manifest Destiny. A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, an 84 square foot canvas that stands as a […]

Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT is an historic performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall. Performed on Christmas Day 1989 in the former East Berlin, the concert unites an international cast of celebrated musicians and vocalists for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The program is introduced by JoAnn Falletta, […]

Dancers of Jacques d’Amboise’s stature often move on to start their own performance companies, but in 1976, this New York City Ballet legend started the National Dance Institute, an organization that teaches dance to public schools kids of all abilities in 32 schools in the New York City area. The Institute teaches kids about the […]

At the New York Philharmonic, the flags were flown at half-mast. Broadway dimmed its lights. Carnegie Hall announced a week of honorary concerts. And when the funeral procession passed a construction site, the workers removed their hard hats and called out, “Goodbye, Lenny!” The year was 1990 and the world had just lost an artistic […]

When Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti’s peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. From his […]

These newly renovated galleries complete the reinstallation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Greek and Roman Art, which began in 1990. The focal point of the new galleries is the spectacular Leon Levy and Shelby White Court for Hellenistic and Roman art. Accompanying the Court is a series of galleries that trace the […]

At the LA Opera in February 2007, four-time Tony Award(R) winner Audra McDonald starred in a new production of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” one of the great 20th century operas. From composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht — creators of “The Threepenny Opera” — comes a savage and lyrical satire […]

Over a career spanning more than six decades, groundbreaking choreographer George Balanchine made ballet a modern art. From his early days in Russia to his trailblazing role as co-founder of New York City Ballet, Balanchine became one of the primary visionaries to shape the history of 20th-century dance. Premiering in 1967, “Jewels” is the choreographer’s […]

GREAT PERFORMANCES continues its tradition of showcasing the world’s preeminent orchestras with the Berlin Philharmonic opening concert for Greece’s Hellenic Festival, the five-month cultural celebration featuring music, theater, and dance in honor of the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens. From the spectacular Herodes Atticus amphitheater, against a backdrop of ancient Athens, conductor Sir Simon […]

Meet Diego Matamoros, a baritone who had his debut at the Met and will be making his European premier next season. Hear him talk about singing opera and how opera enhances the experience of the raw power of the music and watch him perform “Per Me Giunto” from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi with Chun […]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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