Celebrate American Music with The Great American Songbook on Saturday, November 29 at 5 pm on CPTV

Release Date: 11/20/2008

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) celebrates some of the nation’s greatest songs – and greatest singers – with The Great American Songbook, airing Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m. as part of CPTV’s November 2008 membership campaign. Viewers will learn how they can obtain exclusive CPTV Red Carpet tickets to see Michael Feinstein perform on his upcoming “Tribute to Frank Sinatra” tour.
 
Presented by PBS’ Great Performances, The Great American Songbook delves into the history of the American movie musical. Hosted by Michael Feinstein himself, The Great American Songbook offers a dazzling parade of popular American songs as seen and heard in some of the world’s most beloved films. From Al Jolson to Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, from the sounds of the Gilded Age to New Orleans jazz to Broadway musicals, The Great American Songbook tells the story of the first 50 years of popular American music. This treasure trove of clips showcases the very best work of composers George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and many more.
 
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, originaldocumentaries 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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