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Join us as we celebrate the resiliency of the arts in America. See how arts organizations nationwide are surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are maturing during the country’s reckoning with systemic racism, featuring interviews with artists and performances made during lockdown.

Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room (Preview)

2m 32s

Savor performances by an all-star cast at the legendary New York restaurant and nightclub.


  • Billy Bragg: the Influence of American Roots Music: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Bragg: the Influence of American Roots Music

    3m 40s

    Billy Bragg’s music blends elements of folk, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. It may seem incongruous that a British singer identifies as an Americana musician, but he’s not alone. Britain’s Mumford and Sons’ 2012 Grammy win for Album of The Year put Americana on the map. British folk rocker Richard Thompson’s 40 year career is celebrated b

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    Buddy Miller and the McCrary Sisters

    4m 36s

    Buddy Miller is a central figure in the Americana music scene. A singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Miller has worked with a host of legendary musicians. Ann, Deborah, Regina, and Alfreda McCrary have been described by music historian Robert K. Oermann as “Nashville’s greatest soul sisters." The McCrary Sisters stopped by Sirius XM's The Buddy and Jim Show studio to appear on the show.

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    Jerry Douglas: A Lifetime in Music

    4m 23s

    Jerry Douglas is a resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer. Held in high regard throughout the music industry as a solo artist, band member, collaborator and session musician, his distinctive playing graces over 2000 albums as well as the eight-million-plus selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and his work has earned him thirteen Grammy Awards.

  • Mariachi High | Zapata County Fair: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mariachi High | Zapata County Fair

    5m 36s

    Tex meets Mex at the annual Zapata County Fair, where the town shows off its rural heart. Mariachi students Eloy Martinez and Jennifer Santos demonstrate another extracurricular side as they participate in the Future Farmers of America auction, selling their hand-raised farm animals to the highest bidder.

  • Mariachi High | This is Zapata, Texas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mariachi High | This is Zapata, Texas

    1m 28s

    Zapata, Texas (population 5089) is a small Texas town on the Rio Grande, 200 miles south of San Antonio and 400 miles southwest of Houston. The population is 95% Latino, and, interestingly, boasts the most hangliding world records in the world. The visual tour starts here.

Extras + Features

  • PBS Arts from Miami: Great Performances: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    PBS Arts from Miami: Great Performances

    2m 3s

    This program spotlights one of America's finest regional ballet companies, Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet. The program -- a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp respectively -- showcases the company's critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Western Symphony," as well as Tharp's "The Golden Section."

  • First You Dream | Behind the Scenes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    First You Dream | Behind the Scenes


    Songwriter John Kander talks about his music and his experience working with the cast of First You Dream. The cast also share their thoughts on the music of Kander and Ebb and their time working with Kander.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra: Boulez Conducts Mahler: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Cleveland Orchestra: Boulez Conducts Mahler

    2m 39s

    Pierre Boulez conducts Gustav Mahler’s Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-Sharp Major and “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (“The Youth’s Magic Horn”), Songs for Voice and Orchestra, with soloists Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano, and baritone Christian Gerhaher. The concert opens with the romantic and melancholy Adagio and continues with the songs, based on texts from a collection of German folk poetry.

  • Gershwins' Porgy and Bess from San Francisco Opera - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Gershwins' Porgy and Bess from San Francisco Opera - Preview


    This production of Porgy and Bess from San Francisco Opera stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. Premiered Friday, October 17, 2014.

  • 2016 Arts Fall Festival | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    2016 Arts Fall Festival | Official Trailer

    The PBS Arts Fall Festival returns October 21, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. ET, celebrating its sixth season, with eight new weekly programs. This year, the festival will be hosted by Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator and star of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and kicks off with Hamilton's America.

  • Hitmakers Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hitmakers Preview

    2m 15s

    HITMAKERS is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge and The Roots’ Questlove.

  • Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona (Trailer): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona (Trailer)

    2m 6s

    During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, two violinmakers from the same small town were making the most sought-after violins ever created. Everyone has heard of Antonio Stradivari, but few know the name Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. Through interviews with historians, experts, luthiers, and virtuosos, this documentary tells the story of these two masters of violinmaking and their instruments.

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    Digital Short: Lin-Manuel Miranda Outtakes


    Watch outtakes of Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator and star of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival host. This video contains language that may not be appropriate for all viewers.

  • 60s Girl Grooves | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    60s Girl Grooves | Official Trailer

    Join host Mary Wilson of the Supremes as she celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s, including archival performances from The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie DeShannon and many other favorites.

  • Behind the Scenes: The New Rainbow Room: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Behind the Scenes: The New Rainbow Room


    Michael Feinstein hosts two all-star musical evenings at the newly renovated historical New York City space, the Rainbow Room, after its October 2014 reopening.

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