The Stars Come Out for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9 p.m. (WNET New York and other PBS stations) as festive Kick-Off to the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Julie Andrews, Patti Austin, Michael Bublé, Elīna Garança, Josh Groban, Don Henley, Audra McDonald, Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, and David Hyde Pierce pay tribute to television’s longest-running performing arts showcase
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 Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé. The evening, taped at Lincoln Center last November, will be televised on Great Performances, Friday, October 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
The program will launch this year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event anchored by seven films that highlight artists and performances from around the country, with related online content.