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Pavarotti: A Life In Seven Arias (Episode #3401)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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 humble origins in Modena, Italy, it follows "the King of the High C's" meteoric rise, spanning through his London debut in La Boheme, his triumph in La fille du regiment, and his iconic rendition of "Nessun Dorma." In addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, also featured are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor's friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Juan Diego Florez.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 -- 9:30 PM
San Francisco Symphony at 100 (Episode #3707H)
KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
In 2011-12, the San Francisco Symphony will celebrate its centennial season. From the ashes of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 rose the passionate desire of a community to embrace music and build an orchestra to restore its spirit. Thus the San Francisco Symphony was born a few years later, and it has spanned the past century to become a cultural gem in one of the most interesting and progressive cities in America and the world. In September 2011, GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with the Symphony for a centennial gala concert program hosted by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, featuring SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas along with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn and Britten. Concert footage is interwoven with short video stories highlighting unique moments in the Symphony's history as well as interviews with the performers and luminaries in the audience.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Life: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Karajan Or Beauty As I See It (Episode #3502)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 -- 9:30 PM
One of the 20th century's most famous and influential figures in classical music, conductor Herbert von Karajan would have turned 100 in 2008. In his illustrious career, von Karajan led the legendary Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years; he was also closely associated with the Vienna Philharmonic and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera. He was the last dictator among conductors, and the first successful large-scale classical music entrepreneur. And in everything he did, he was ahead of his time. The film, produced on the occasion of the von Karajan centenary, chronicles the career of a true giant of classical music.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 -- 3:30 AM
Twilight: Los Angeles (Episode #3710H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 9:01 PM
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents a special encore of Anna Deavere Smith's "Twilight: Los Angeles," her one-woman/multi-voiced theater piece about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the LA riots on America's conscience. Smith interviewed hundreds of people involved in the event and its aftermath, and virtually "becomes" some 30 real-life characters -- a Korean grocer, a Hollywood agent, LAPD captain Daryl Gates, a juror, even NRA spokesperson Charlton Heston. Recounting their stories verbatim, Smith assumes their voices and mannerisms with chameleon-like accuracy to chronicle this complex tragedy from its many cultural perspectives. Director Marc Levin weaves Smith's stage performance with news footage and interviews to create an unflinching portrait of rage, sorrow, loss, and battered hope.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 -- 3:01 AM