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BB King

BB King Documentary on PBS Shows Human Side of the King >>

Thirteen's American Masters series focuses on recently deceased blues legend B. B. King in their new 1 hour documentary airing on PBS Feburary. Their program is a part of the celebration of black history month and the man born Riley B. King is a perfect subject. The son of a sharecropper in Mississippi, King was born into a world with little money and rampant racism and segregation. B.B. King: The Life of Riley takes us into the world of B.B. KIng so we may get a measure of the man who, though he started out in meager surroundings was not a meager man.

Central Plaza in the Lincoln Center of New York

PBS Presents ‘Live From Lincoln Center ‘ Season 41 Premiere Featuring Richard Tucker Opera Gala >>

PBS kicks off the 41 season of 'Live From Lincoln Center' tonight with “From Bocelli to Barton: Richard Tucker Opera Gala.”Named after the famed Opera Tenor, Richard Tucker Music Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization honors Tucker's memory by offering awards, grants and support for young opera performers.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Hit ‘Hamilton’ Coming to Chicago, San Francisco, LA & Your Own Home >>

Lin-Manuel Miranda new musical 'Hamilton' is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. If you don’t already have tickets to see it, than chances are you will be waiting a good long time before you make in the room. However, you might not be completely out of luck. Hamilton is gearing up to visit stages on the west coast, at SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles as well as a sit down performance at Broadway in Chicago event series at the PrivateBank Theatre. Can’t make it to NYC, LA, San Francisco or Chicago? Well there is still some hope. 'Hamilton' will also be coming to your very own living room….sort of. It was recently announced that PBS’ Great Performances series, will feature a documentary based on the hit show, titled Hamilton’s America, later this fall. A previous documentary on Lin-Manuel Miranda's other hit musical 'In The Heights' titled, 'In The Heights - Chasing Broadway Dreams', also aired as part of 'PBS’ Great Performances' series.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

PBS Great Performances Featuring ‘Hamilton’s America’ Documentary After ‘In The Heights’ Feature >>

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'Hamilton' is the hottest ticket on Broadway today. Sold out for months in advance, many fans are only able to enjoy the show by watching Youtube clips or listening to the soundtrack, leaving them wanting. Well PBS has heard your cries for more and are working on a solution. This fall PBS’ Great Performances series will feature a documentary based on the hit show, titled 'Hamilton’s America.' The same group is also responsible for a previous documentary about Lin-Manuel’s In the Heights.

Brantley Gilbert, Willie Nelson, and Jana Kramer

PBS to Air Willie Nelson Award Concert this Weekend >>

Willie Nelson's name might not come to mind when you think about the Gershwin Brothers but that will soon change upon the release of his new album. Country music's original outlaw was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last November, and to honor the occasion Nelson is releasing, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin -- proving that he too has long admired Ira and George Gershwin's contribution to modern music. PBS will be broadcasting the Library of Congress ceremony from last year which included performances by everyone to Edie Brickell to Neil Young, this Friday night at 9 p.m.

Watch Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson Perform 'All I Ask of You' Cover on PBS

WATCH: Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson Duet on "All I Ask of You" from 'Phantom' >>

Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson are made for each other in their cover of "All I Ask of You" from 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Say what you will about Andrew Lloyd Webber, this PBS performance is worth a few listens. The performance initially saw light on Groban's latest album 'Stages'. He and Clarkson performed the 'Phantom' hit with ease, with Clarkson venturing into a new area with her voice.

Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Treliński Debut 'Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle' on PBS, July 12

Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Treliński Debut 'Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle' on PBS July 12 >>

As if you didn't have enough planned for the summer, now comes a most anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut. Polish film director Mariusz Treliński is gearing up to premiere two rarely performed one-act productions, that of Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle.

The American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland on Ric Burns' New PBS Documentary, 'American Ballet Theatre: A History' >>

On Friday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m. EST, THIRTEEN's 'American Masters Series' on PBS will premiere Ric Burns' new documentary,' American Ballet Theatre: A History.' THIRTEEN's own award-winning staff is joining forces with Emmy and Peabody-winner Ric Burns to create a new documentary about the American Ballet Theatre, in honor of the company's 75th anniversary. Classicalites, you're in for a glorious look at ABT over the last three-quarters of a century.

Sharon Isbin

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Sharon Isbin >>

Multi-Grammy winner, head of the studio at both Juilliard and Aspen, responsible for more new works than any other player, yes, Sharon Isbin is the very model of a modern, major guitarist. Not only does Ms. Isbin reign supreme as thee international heavyweight of the classical guitar, clearly, she's a woman--the XX-chromosomed champion of, regrettably, an all too often hyper-masculinized instrument and repertoire. To boot, Sharon Isbin is also gay.

Bala Brothers

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at The Bala Brothers Performing Anti-Apartheid Song "(Something Inside) So Strong" on PBS >>

Classicalite is excited and honored to present the exclusive premiere of the anti-apartheid anthem “(Something Inside) So Strong” by revolutionary South African group the Bala Brothers.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver Hosts WNET-13's 'Theater Close-Up' Off-Broadway Series Premiere October 2 >>

NYC's PBS affiliate will show filmed versions of some of the past year's top Off-Broadway shows.

Mark Stewart

PBS’ The Art Assignment Features Bang On A Can Composer Julia Wolfe And All-Star Guitarist Mark Stewart >>

Last week, PBS’ "The Art Assignment" caught up with "Bang on a Can" cronies composer Julia Wolfe and guitarist Mark Stewart.


PBS to Air Violinist Itzhak Perlman, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Klezmer Conservatory Band and Rejoice Chamber Orchestra >>

PBS will air Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot performing the opening song “Yism’Khu (They Shall Rejoice)” backed by The Klezmer Conservatory Band and The Rejoice Chamber Orchestra on Thursday, August 28 at 9 pm. New Yorkers take note: Thirteen will air the program nearly a month later on Sunday, September 21 at 7pm on THIRTEEN, not PBS.

Where Art Thou, Mr. Miller?: PBS' 'History Detectives Special Investigations' Premieres Glenn Miller Episode Tuesday, July 8

PBS History Detectives Special Investigation Premieres 'The Disappearance of Glenn Miller' on July 8 >>

PBS will be the latest to premiere the story of Glenn Miller and his disappearance over the English Channel. The program, History Detectives Special Investigations, will feature "The Disappearance of Glenn Miller" on July 8 at 9 P.M.

PBS to Air Program on the Benedictines of Mary Album ‘Lent at Ephesus' (De Montfort Music/Decca), No. 1 on Billboard Classical Chart

PBS to Air Program on the Benedictines of Mary Album ‘Lent at Ephesus' (De Montfort Music/Decca), No. 1 on Billboard Classical Chart >>

PBS has announced a television special, "Lent At Ephesus," about the Benedictines of Mary, whose recent recording of the same name debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard classical chart.

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