Great Performances

Great Performances brings the best in the performing arts from across America and around the world to a US television audience. It presents a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES is made possible by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Seton J. Melvin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, the Lenore Hecht Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, public television viewers, and PBS.

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Now Hear This “Haydn: King of Strings”


Explore the work of famed composer Joseph Haydn’s career with host Scott Yoo and guests.

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Romeo and Juliet


Experience a film by Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet with dancers from The Royal Ballet.

Now Hear This “Handel: Italian Style”


Scott Yoo returns to Italy to follow in Handel’s footsteps.

Now Hear This “Scarlatti: Man Out of Time”


Join Scott in Spain and Morocco to discover the music of Domenico Scarlatti.

Now Hear This “The Riddle of Bach”


Scott Yoo goes to Germany to learn Bach’s sonatas and partitas.

Now Hear This “Vivaldi: Something Completely Different”


Scott heads to Northern Italy to chase the story behind Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019


Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.