CPTV to Broadcast "Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music"

Release Date: 05/07/2014

Tune in Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air a captivating new music special entitled Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music, featuring the amazing 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer Ethan Bortnick, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles! The show is scheduled to air on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Ethan performs with passion and heart – his fingers fly across the piano keys in “Minute Waltz,” and the audience rocks out to “Rock Around the Clock,” claps to the beat of “Lean On Me,” and participates in a very enthusiastic sing-along of “Crocodile Rock.” He’s joined by special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit, who add even more color to the musical rainbow on stage. Plus, viewers will feel the power of music when Ethan performs an emotional and inspiring rendition of “We Are the World.”

Beyond his gifts as a consummate musician, Ethan Bortnick is a driven humanitarian, too. This moving special highlights his belief that music has a higher purpose – an ability to emotionally connect people, encourage them to help others, and ultimately, affect change in the world, as presented in his own eloquent composition “Anything is Possible.” Through his music, Ethan has already helped raise more than $30 million for children’s charities and other causes across the world including over 50 Jewish organizations, with fundraising concerts.

Ethan Bortnick is the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour, and he has so far appeared in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Australia. This special showcases his amazing talent, passion for music, and generous spirit…all at the ripe old age of 12!

About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows 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 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org.

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