Great Performances

Now Hear This host Scott Yoo performs in Seville, Spain, while researching the greatest composer you’ve never heard of: Domenico Scarlatti. Arcos Film + Music LLC
The lullaby of Broadway continued for the third year in a row with presentations of 42nd Street, Rogers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Red, Much Ado About Nothing and Kinky Boots.

Musician Scott Yoo took the airwaves by storm with the new four-part series Now Hear This. The program merged music, storytelling, travel and culture as Yoo chased secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written through Europe. On social media, the series inspired a “Clash of the Composers” tournament, asking fans to vote for their favorite. (Johann Sebastian Bach took home top honors.)

Now Hear This is no dry lecture series, but a spirited journey offering both insight and entertainment. It’s what PBS does so well….” – Paul Hyde, classical music columnist

We saluted GRAMMY Music Legends and Movies for Grownups 2020 Award winners, enjoyed outdoor concerts and rang in a new decade with the Vienna Philharmonic, celebrated a centennial with the LA Philharmonic, and experienced an uplifting message of love, healing and hope with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. We were treated to Ravinia Festival’s presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s theater piece Mass, and an intimate star-studded concert with 16-time GRAMMY Award-winner David Foster, and were wowed by EGOT winner John Legend’s vocals in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Strong women took the limelight in Ann and Gloria: A Life, with Holland Taylor playing the formidable Texas Governor Ann Richards and Christine Lahti embodying feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

In its 14th season, Great Performances at the Met delivered gripping and unforgettable productions, from romantic comedies (La Fille du Regiment and Agrippina) to epic dramas (Die Walküre) and tragic apocalyptic tales (Wozzeck). Viewers traveled to Peking, China and Nagasaki, Japan, to confront the tragic love stories of Turandot and Madama Butterfly, and experienced the rise and fall of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten.

“Was just about to get out of bed and make brunch, but then the recent Met Opera La fille du Régiment came on my local PBS station, and now I don’t want to move until intermission.” – @Aspasia_1 on Twitter

Click here to learn more about Great Performances‘ robust offerings.

A scene from Handel’s Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Marty Sohl / Met Opera