David Garrett: Live in Berlin Airs Monday, August 3 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Release Date: 07/29/2009

The Virtuoso Violinist Makes a Special Live Appearance in the CPTV Studio in Hartford

Playing everything from Vivaldi to Queen, violinist David Garrett seamlessly entwines classical and rock favorites, astonishing listeners around the world. Now audiences in Connecticut will have the chance to appreciate Garrett’s many talents during his new television special for PBS entitled David Garrett: Live in Berlin. On Monday, August 3 at 8 p.m., Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will premiere the show as part of a special Red Carpet presentation, as Garrett makes a live appearance from CPTV’s Studio to introduce audiences to his extraordinary musicianship. In addition, viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about special ticket opportunities to Garrett’s upcoming Connecticut concert.

A child prodigy, Garrett was born in Germany to an American ballerina mother and a German lawyer father. His talent was exceptional, and by the age of eight he had already played as a soloist with the world’s best orchestras. By age 14 he had signed with the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon. Garrett eventually fled to New York in hopes of experiencing life as a “normal” teenager and discovered his love for rock music. He did not stray too far from his musical roots, auditioning and getting accepted into Juilliard as a violinist.

David Garrett: Live in Berlin introduces viewers to Garrett’s style just as he launches his debut U.S. album, David Garrett. He has already attained star status in Europe and the Far East, playing for crowds of thousands including a six-concert engagement at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His last album debuted at the seventh spot on German music charts. In David Garrett: Live in Berlin, Garrett is accompanied by both a full rock band and a symphony orchestra in this special from the Tempodrom concert arena in Berlin.

For additional details about CPTV’s Red Carpet events and upcoming concert events, tune in on August 3, call 1-860-275-7550 or visit www.cptv.org.

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 a historical role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programming 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 Where We Live. 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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