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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty (#3908H) Duration: 1:56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Choreographer Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty marks the choreographer's return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete his acclaimed reinterpretations of the composer's trio of masterworks that began in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995 with the international success, Swan Lake, featuring a cast of all-male swans. This timeless fairy tale about a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years was adapted into a beloved ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. In a highly theatrical production that is not your grandfather's Sleeping Beauty, Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the story at the height of the fin de siecle epoch when fairies, vampires and a decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As the heroine Aurora matures into a young woman, the period shifts to the rigid confines of the Edwardian era. Decades later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day -- a world she finds more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy tale. Bourne's haunting new scenario is a romance for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, resulting in a supernatural love story across the decades, one that even the passage of time cannot erase.
Driving Miss Daisy (#4007#) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG-L
Playright Alfred Uhry's 1987 Pulitizer Prize-winning play chronicles the unlikely friendship that evolves between a well-to-do Jewish matron (Angela Lansbury) and her African-American chauffeur (James Earl Jones), during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era. This 2010 stage revival charmed audiences once again with the play's quiet message of the transformative power of personal friendships within the context of larger social issues.
Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration With the LA Phil (#4101#) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVG
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of Williams' peerless achievements reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler's List. Natalie Portman hosts.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! (#3910H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Inspired by their sensational duet in Great Performances' "Tony Bennett Duets II" episode, the greatest living interpreter of the American songbook has recorded a new album with America's reigning pop diva of today. Teaming up for a concert from the stage of Rose Theater at New York City's Time Warner Center, the duo performs swinging selections from their latest collaboration.
Encores! Great Performances at the Met (#3912B) Duration: 1:58:49 SRND51 TVG
This special Metropolitan Opera Encores program features 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past 8 seasons of Great Performances at The Met broadcasts, performed by today's greatest opera stars and talents. Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met's global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, later shared with PBS audiences.
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 (#4008H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVG
Once again, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic performs the Summer Night Concert from the spectacular baroque gardens of Austria's Imperial Palace of Schonbrunn. This year the open-air concert is under the direction of guest conductor Zubin Mehta and features internationally acclaimed pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist in Edvard Grieg's powerful Piano Concerto. The concert opens with a festive Fanfare that was written especially for the orchestra by Richard Strauss, and includes such favorite compositions as Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and Jean Sibelius' Finlandia . And what concert in Vienna would be complete without a waltz by Strauss and Johann Strauss Sohn.
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