Great Performances' 40th Anniversary CelebrationGreat Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration

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Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration
was featured in the 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Premiere Date: October 18, 2013 

Throughout its 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers nationwide with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts.

In celebration of this extraordinary legacy on the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni gather to share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with reminiscences and performances by Julie AndrewsAudra McDonaldDon HenleyDavid Hyde PierceJosh GrobanItzhak PerlmanPeter MartinsPatti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.

Musical performances and anecdotes are interspersed with highlights from some of the most memorable Great Performances of the past, grouped by genre: musical theater, rock, classic and contemporary drama, classical music, dance, jazz, opera and the pop standards from American Songbook.


Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration was produced by WNET.
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