CPTV Celebrates Legendary Singer Tony Bennett with Duets: The Making of an American Classic

Release Date: 11/20/2008

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the creative world of Tony Bennett with Duets: The Making of an American Classic on Monday, December 1 at 9 p.m. This musical special is part of CPTV’s December 2008 membership campaign and will include information on how viewers can obtain exclusive CPTV Red Carpet tickets to see Tony Bennett live in concert.
 
Duets: The Making of an American Classic goes into the studio for an intimate look at the making of Bennett’s acclaimed 2006 album Duets – An American Classic. The album features some of Bennett’s biggest hits recorded live by Bennett and special accompanying guests, including Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, the Dixie Chicks and many more. Released in celebration of Bennett’s 80th birthday, Duets went platinum within three months of its release and won three Grammy Awards. Now viewers can see what went on during the making of this record-breaking album, and watch as some of their favorite singers recreate some of the best American songs of all time with the incomparable Tony Bennett.
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Front and Center with Ray Hardman. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.
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