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Movies for Grownups® Awards 2021 with AARP The Magazine

53m 50s

The AARP Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Episodes

  • Movies for Grownups® Awards 2021 with AARP The Magazine: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Movies for Grownups® Awards 2021 with AARP The Magazine

    S48 E14 - 53m 50s

    The AARP Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

  • The Magic of Horowitz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Magic of Horowitz

    S48 E12 - 53m 55s

    Experience legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz’s 1986 Russian homecoming for a sold-out concert of personal favorites, featuring commentary from former manager Peter Gelb and virtuoso pianists Martha Argerich and Daniil Trifonov.

  • The Magic of Callas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Magic of Callas

    S48 E11 - 54m 40s

    Explore the legacy of superstar Maria Callas in this documentary detailing her 1964 comeback at London’s Royal Opera House in “Tosca,” featuring insights from fans including Rufus Wainwright and opera stars Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais.

  • Lea Salonga in Concert: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lea Salonga in Concert

    S48 E9 - 55m 25s

    Captured in peak performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga performs the beloved songs she made famous throughout her Broadway career, as well as her signature songs from the animated movie blockbusters “Aladdin” and “Mulan” from the Sydney Opera House.

  • Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

    S48 E7 - 1h 23m

    Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is the first in-depth documentary that chronicles the story of the international Broadway blockbuster Fiddler on the Roof – exploring the unexpected richness of its themes as well as its deep reach across time and cultures.

  • GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends® 2020: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends® 2020

    S48 E5 - 1h 54m

    In collaboration with the Recording Academy®, Great Performances presents the fifth annual all-star special showcasing 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients, including Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

  • Now Hear This “Becoming Mozart”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “Becoming Mozart”

    S48 E4 - 54m 5s

    Travel with host Scott Yoo and pianist Stewart Goodyear as they visit Yoo’s Festival Mozaic where Goodyear learns to direct an orchestra from the piano while improvising the solos of Mozart’s twentieth piano concerto.

  • Now Hear This “The Schubert Generation”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “The Schubert Generation”

    S48 E3 - 53m 40s

    Celebrate the work of Franz Schubert with host Scott Yoo as he plays with young musicians establishing themselves in North America's musical capitals by attempting to master the composer’s music.

  • Now Hear This “Haydn: King of Strings”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “Haydn: King of Strings”

    S48 E2 - 53m 37s

    Explore the work of famed composer Joseph Haydn’s career with host Scott Yoo and featured guest artists as he discovers how Haydn borrowed folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria to create his famous “Emperor Quartet.”

  • Romeo and Juliet: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Romeo and Juliet

    S48 E1 - 1h 35m

    Experience a ballet of Shakespeare’s classic from choreographer Kenneth MacMillan performed by dancers from The Royal Ballet set to a score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev filmed on atmospheric locations throughout Budapest.

Extras + Features

  • Romeo & Juliet Extended Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Romeo & Juliet Extended Preview

    S48 E17 - 1m 33s

    This stylized film of Shakespeare’s masterpiece from the National Theatre celebrates the theatrical imagination. In this contemporary retelling, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate. Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as Shakespeare’s immortal star-crossed lovers.

  • Romeo & Juliet Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Romeo & Juliet Preview

    S48 E17 - 31s

    This stylized film of Shakespeare’s masterpiece from the National Theatre celebrates the theatrical imagination. In this contemporary retelling, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate. Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as Shakespeare’s immortal star-crossed lovers.

  • Romeo & Juliet's Intimate Moment: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Romeo & Juliet's Intimate Moment

    S48 E17 - 3m 4s

    Romeo (Josh O'Connor) and Juliet (Jessie Buckley) share an intimate moment at the masquerade ball, which ends in heartache when it is revealed they are not of the same house.

  • Is Thy News Good or Bad?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is Thy News Good or Bad?

    S48 E17 - 2m 35s

    The Nurse (Deborah Findlay) confers with Romeo (Josh O'Connor) and then tells Juliet (Jessie Buckley) the joyous news that she will be married.

  • Beethoven in Beijing Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Beethoven in Beijing Preview

    S48 E16 - 30s

    Experience the international impact of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 trip to China, offering a story of cultural reversals and a glimpse into the worldwide future of classical music.

  • Tan Dun on Preserving the Nu Shu Language: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Tan Dun on Preserving the Nu Shu Language

    S48 E16 - 3m 34s

    Academy Award winning composer, Tan Dun, explores the power of Nu Shu, a sacred language created by Chinese women and passed down from generation to generation.

  • Great Performances at the Met: Jonas Kaufmann in Concert: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances at the Met: Jonas Kaufmann in Concert

    S48 E15 - 30s

    The superstar tenor sings a program of classic arias from the Baroque interior of the historic Polling Abbey located in the Bavarian countryside outside Munich, Germany. Selections from this performance include “Nessun dorma” from “Turandot,” “E lucevan le stelle” from “Tosca,” “Ah! lève-toi, soleil” from “Roméo et Juliette,” “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” and many more.

  • Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP The Magazine Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP The Magazine Preview

    S48 E14 - 30s

    Watch actors and filmmakers as they are honored for creating films that resonate with older viewers in this star-studded awards ceremony. Celebrating movies that matter, the Awards champion movies for grownups, by grownups.

Schedule

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    Great Performances

    Beethoven in Beijing

    Friday
    Apr 16

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and maestro Eugene Ormandy visit China in 1973, easing 22 years of tension between the two countries.
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    Beethoven in Beijing

    Friday
    Apr 16

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and maestro Eugene Ormandy visit China in 1973, easing 22 years of tension between the two countries.
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    Beethoven in Beijing

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and maestro Eugene Ormandy visit China in 1973, easing 22 years of tension between the two countries.
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    Great Performances

    Beethoven in Beijing

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and maestro Eugene Ormandy visit China in 1973, easing 22 years of tension between the two countries.
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Friday
    Apr 23

    2 Hours

    Simon Godwin directs a film interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set in modern-day Italy.
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Friday
    Apr 23

    2 Hours

    Simon Godwin directs a film interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set in modern-day Italy.
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    2 Hours

    Simon Godwin directs a film interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set in modern-day Italy.
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    2 Hours

    Simon Godwin directs a film interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set in modern-day Italy.

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