HARTFORD, Conn. (July 29, 2010) – Recorded from Los Angeles, piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick performs classics for his upcoming Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) television special, Ethan Bortnick & His Musical Time Machine, which premiers on Saturday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This CPTV Red Carpet performance also includes viewer information on obtaining exclusive tickets to an upcoming concert and meet & greet opportunity featuring Bortnick.
In Ethan Bortnick & His Musical Time Machine, the 9-year-old musician performed at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a star-studded accompanying lineup. Gloria Gaynor, Arturo Sandoval and the Canadian Tenors joined Bortnick on-stage as he performed classical pieces from all eras to a packed audience.
The musical prodigy has performed on all major networks and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the youngest performer to have his own PBS special. In his young career, Bortnich has performed with Elton John, Santana, Josh Groban and many more top artists and performers.
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