Music & Dance


New! ODYSSEY: The Chamber Music Society in Greece 87 min.

Ancient Greece is described as the birthplace of the Classical tradition. The Chamber Music Society takes its extraordinary musicians to this region of the world, performing works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and others in iconic settings.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Great Performances: Now Hear This 240 min.

Join Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, as he travels the musical capitals of Europe in Now Hear This, a new four-part series presented by Great Performances. Now Hear This merges music, storytelling, and travel, as Scott chases the secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written, and collaborates with international virtuosos, instrument build...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Handel: Italian Style 54 min.

Handel traveled with the Scarlatti family and learned from the masters of Italian Style. In Rome and central Italy, Scott takes in the art, architecture, fashion, food, wine, light and landscape that shaped Handel for the rest of his life.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! The Riddle of Bach 54 min.

Yoo goes to Germany to learn Bach’s solo violin works, and discovers a riddle that Bach left in his portrait. In trying to solve it, Yoo and his wife Alice Dade, a leading flutist, discover Bach’s true character.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Scarlatti: Man Out of Time 53 min.

Scott travels to Spain and Morocco to discover the greatest composer you’ve never heard of: Domenico Scarlatti. He incorporated the exotic sounds of Spain to create a new musical language that inspired generations of composers after him.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Vivaldi: Something Completely Different 53 min.

Yoo chases the story of the most recorded piece of music in the world—Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He discovers a new Vivaldi work, his connection to Stradivarius, original manuscripts, and that Vivaldi himself was almost lost to history.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983) 141 min.

Defining country music is debated as never before, and the argument sparks a vibrant era. Dolly Parton crosses over to mainstream success. Willie Nelson finds creative freedom in Texas. Emmylou Harris influences a new generation of artists.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984 –1996) 115 min.

As country music’s popularity skyrockets, the genre confronts the question of whether it can also stay true to its roots. The success of the “New Traditionalists”—Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, the Judds, and Dwight Yoakam—suggests it can.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Hard Times (1933 –1945) 114 min.

During the Great Depression and World War II, country music thrives and reaches bigger audiences. Gene Autry sets off a craze for singing cowboys, Bob Wills adapts jazz’s Big Band sound to create Texas Swing, and Roy Acuff becomes a star.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 –1953) 114 min.

Country music adapts to the cultural changes of post-war society. Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs transform string band music into Bluegrass. Out of the bars comes a new sound and songs about drinking, cheating, and heartbreak: Honky Tonk.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019