PBS Arts Fall Festival

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This weekly series celebrates some of the most talented entertainers in concert. In addition to operatic performances of H.M.S. Pinafore as the 2011 season kicks off, there are appearances by Pearl Jam, Bill T. Jones, and Andrea Bocelli, as well as performances highlighting the Miami City Ballet, Women Who Rock, Il Postino and Disney's popular animated feature, The Little Mermaid.

4 Seasons, 15 Episodes
October 14, 2011
Kids & Family, Music, Talk & Interview
PBS Arts Fall Festival

PBS Arts Fall Festival Full Episode Guide

  • One of musical theater's greatest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for a special encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Webber's hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige's return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded "glamour cat" singing the show-stopping ballad "Memory."

  • This production of Porgy and BessSM from San Francisco Opera stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both.

  • The San Francisco Ballet performs an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," starring Yuan Yuan Tan in the title role. Choreographed by the Hamburg Ballet's John Neumeier, who also designed the sets, costumes and lighting.

  • Women are the 21st century's top-grossing recording artists. This film tells the story of how we got here, tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920's to the mega stars of today.

  • Narrated by actor/comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, and guided by modern banjo masters such as Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Abigail Washburn, GIVE ME THE BANJO explores American music from minstrelsy, ragtime and blues, to folk and bluegrass. In addition to musicians, a mix of folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs tells stories of America's instrument in all its richness and diversity. Rare stills, first-hand narratives, archival footage and recordings of historic banjo figures surround and expand on the expert commentary.

  • Gilbert and Sullivan's first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The captain's daughter is in love with an ordinary sailor but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love? Filled with Sullivan's memorable melodies – infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop – H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old.