Wednesday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m.
Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway
Twenty years after dazzling audiences in his first solo Broadway concert early in his career, three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. returned to the Main Stage in a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style. GREAT PERFORMANCES "Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway" premieres Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 9:30 p.m. ET. Featuring Connick’s big band and a 12-piece string section with Connick on both a Steinway grand and upright honky-tonk piano. Variety raved, “Connick, in concert, packs such dynamite that those ‘Jersey Boys’ across the street seem positively sedate.”
Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 p.m.
The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends
Maestro to the stars David Foster, who has collaborated with some of the greatest superstars in music, returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES series with several of his favorite artists for a magnificent night of music: “Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends” is scheduled to air in March 2011 on PBS. Filmed in October 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, “Hitman Returns,” the follow-up concert to the hugely popular 2008 “Hitman: David Foster & Friends,” is an all-star celebration featuring even more chart-topping stars and music from the 15-time Grammy Award winner’s extensive career catalog. Get the DVD here.
Sunday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m.
Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic with Juan Diego Florez
GREAT PERFORMANCES spotlights the October 7, 2010 opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel featuring renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes hosts the broadcast. The evening marks the beginning of Dudamel’s second season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director. Acclaimed worldwide as an exciting and compelling maestro, Dudamel began his tenure at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Fall 2009, while continuing as Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden. Dudamel also enters his eleventh year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Sunday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m.
Sondheim: The Birthday Concert
Hosted by David Hyde Pierce, who provides sardonic narration throughout the evening, the cast, a veritable Who’s Who of Broadway’s finest performers, includes (in alphabetical order): Laura Benanti, Matt Cavanaugh, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jenn Colella, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Blaine Hoven, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, John McMartin, Donna Murphy, Laura Osnes, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Maria Riccetto, Bobby Steggert, Elaine Stritch, Jim Walton, Chip Zien, and from the current production of “West Side Story,” Karen Olivo, who gets the evening off to a spirited start leading the dancers in “America.” The concert includes songs and orchestral pieces from Sondheim musical theater favorites such as Company and Follies.
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