Top Picks: Opera and Ballet on the Big Screen, a PBS Documentary on Detroit, and More

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Big-Screen Events

Hungry for an alternative to the big summer movies? Emerging Pictures and NCM Fathom Live may be your answer. Emerging Pictures launches its summer roster of opera and ballet with "Romeo and Juliet" (June 2) from the Bolshoi Ballet and "The Magic Flute," reconceptualized by Kenneth Branagh (June 9). More events will follow, all presented in nearly 300 multiplexes, art houses, museums, and performing arts centers throughout the United States. Fathom offers up "First: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" (May 30). Check out emergingpictures.com and fathomevents.com for more info and times.

Brilliant bow

If the popular Yo-Yo Ma turned you into a cello fan, broaden your palate with the brilliant cellist Jan Vogler. He has just released Bach's The Cello Suites on Sony Classical on his 1707-10 Stradivarius "Ex Castelbarco/Fau" cello, which, he says, "is a font of new inspiration and new sounds."

Broadway's roots

Without the rich history of Jewish musical theater, there would be no Broadway musicals. In a delightful and well-documented two- disc set, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy explores the roots of this treasured American art form in the Yiddish Theater of immigrant New York. The list of composers is illustrious: George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. It's a very tuneful history lesson from Athena on DVD.

Hope for Motown

Once the fastest-growing city in the world, Detroit has been in steady decline for decades. …