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Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (#3816B) Duration: 2:59:12 STEREO TVG
Highlights from 1992's star-studded concert tribute to the American pop music icon at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Selling out 18,200 seats in a frantic, record-breaking 70 minutes, the concert gathered an amazing Who's Who of performers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the enigmatic singer songwriter's groundbreaking debut album from 1962, Bob Dylan. Taking viewers from front row center to back stage, the special captures all the excitement of this historic, once-in-a lifetime concert as many of the greatest names in popular music-including June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Chrissie Hynde, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, and more-pay homage to Dylan and the songs that made him a legend.
Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still (#3901H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the story of Jacob's Pillow as an international dance center is interwoven throughout this performance documentary with never before seen footage and images from the Pillow's rare and extensive archives, including the pioneering Ted Shawn, who purchased Jacob's Pillow in 1931. Interspersed with the performances are intimate interviews with legendary dance artists including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, as well as one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham.
The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater (#3706H) Duration: 1:56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Bringing to life the words and music of the American Yiddish theater, the lead characters -- Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky (the grandparents of San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas) emigrated to America from Eastern Europe in the 1880s. While in their teens, they began to play major roles in New York's Yiddish theater. For Jewish immigrants on the lower East Side of Manhattan, the theater was central to their lives, and provided a stage for the new ideas that were shaping the transition to an American way of life. In "The Thomashefskys," Tilson Thomas serves as guide through the lives and repertoire of his grandparents. Performed at the New World Symphony's spectacular new Frank Gehry-designed home in Miami, Tilson Thomas shares the stage with a 30-piece orchestra and ensemble cast to bring the repertoire and words of Bessie and Boris to life. With time, aspects of klezmer and cantorial sounds became more integrated and more American, as Jewish composers became immersed in their new surroundings, greatly influencing composers like Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty (#3908H) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO 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.