Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mark those calendars - James Levine: America’s Maestro

To celebrate Maestro James Levine’s 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera, PBS' American Masters series presents James Levine: America’s Maestro - premiering nationally Wednesday, June 1 at 8 PM EDT.

As part of its 25th anniversary season, American Masters explores the conductor’s life and current work - capturing the essence of one of classical music’s authentic giants. Looking back at creative milestones since his 1971 Met debut with Tosca at the age of 28, the film reveals how Levine’s unparalleled musicianship and singular teaching and performance styles make his relationship with the company unique in today’s music world. This one-hour documentary film - executive produced by none other than Peter Gelb - provides an insider's view into how Levine transformed The Metropolitan Opera’s Orchestra into one of the great ensembles, elicited legendary performances from leading singers and nurtured new generations of artists.

I can't wait! I love a good biographical documentary.

For more, visit pbs.org.

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