16-year-old international music sensation; singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, actor, philanthropist and PBS star, Ethan Bortnick, returns to PBS in an all-new television concert special – GENERATIONS OF MUSIC.
The spectacular song selection spans many generations and genres, appealing to audiences of all ages. This concert, recorded before a live audience at the Washington Pavilion, features Ethan with a full orchestra, his band, a youth choir, background vocalists and special guests Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia.
This grand production and exceptional musical arrangements elevate every piece of music beyond any version you’ve heard before. It will make you sing, dance, cry, laugh, hug your loved ones, and feel uplifted. If you ever wanted to enjoy music together with your kids or grandkids or if you ever wanted to watch something with your parents or grandparents, this concert will bring all Generations together!Conceived by Ethan, this TV concert special takes you through music that spans many generations and introduces the audience to Ethan’s new original songs that are sure to be listened to and enjoyed for many generations to come. Guided by his Musical Director David Rosenthal (Billy Joel’s Musical Director) and directed by the Emmy nominated Leon Knoles, this concert showcases Ethan’s incredible piano skills, vocal variety and powerful presence, while highlighting his boy-next-door charm and appeal.
“music is something you can enjoy together equally, no matter what age, no matter who you are and what you do. Music brings us all together” Says Bortnick. “When I created this concert, I wanted to share music that has had an impact on many generations and that will inspire future generations.
Music that can change lives and music that can be shared by people of all ages”From a masterfully performed version of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata to an entire audience dancing to “Rockin Robin”, you will find top hits from many generations.
Explore all the surprises and feel all the emotions as Ethan dedicates a new song he wrote to his grandmother in the audience, and then performs her favorite song, “Sweet Caroline” with the entire audience singing along. Watch as Ethan welcomes his friend, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) and Peter’s daughter Bethany Yarrow and accompanist Rufus Cappadocia, and together they perform “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Blowin in the Wind” and “Lift us Up”. You will be re-introduced to his young brother Nathan, who has a surprise of his own! You will laugh, cry, dance, sing, hug your loved ones and feel your spirit uplifted.
Ethan is the youngest person to ever record a PBS special, let alone three. Ethan’s last PBS special aired over 3,000 times and he has taken his concert tour across the country to sold-out concert halls. And now he brings music to all generations across the globe!Ethan has raised over $40 million for charities worldwide and is the Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour. Fans may have seen Ethan performing with musical heavyweights such as Beyoncé, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Katy Perry, Reba McEntire, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, and Celine Dion to name a few. He has also appeared on “The Tonight Show” (four times), “Good Morning America” (twice), Oprah” (twice) and on every other major network.
He’s graced the cover of Esquire’s 80th anniversary issue as one of the most influential people in the last 80 years and made history as the youngest headliner in Vegas. Ethan is also one of the youngest voting members of the recording academy (Grammy’s).
His audiences who span all ages and continents have raved that “his concerts/shows have been the best ones they’ve ever experienced, hands down.” His TV shows continue to win multiple awards, and now an Emmy nomination for his recent show on Public Television.
I’m Still Standing
Fly me to the Moon
Reason to Believe – Ethan Original
Puff The Magic Dragon – (ft. Peter Yarrow)
Two seconds – Ethan Original
I’m A Believer
Blowin’ in the Wind (ft. Peter Yarrow, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia)
Havin A Good Time – Ethan Original
With A Little Help From My Friends
Viva La Vida
Be Who You Are – Ethan Original
The Greatest Love of All
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