Great Performances: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Great Performances: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, January 1 at 9:30 p.m.

The stars come out for the Great Performances 40th anniversary celebration.

Julie Andrews (top right photo), Patti Austin, Michael Bublé, Elīna Garança, Josh Groban, Don Henley, Audra McDonald (main photo above), Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, and David Hyde Pierce (bottom right photo) pay tribute to television’s longest-running performing arts showcase

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" has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.  Over the course of its four decades, the series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.