Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music features 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! Presented by WTTW National Productions, this program is a mesmerizing experience for the entire family.
Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy legend Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, author and playwright. He is also a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. GREAT PERFORMANCES turns the spotlight on Martin’s musical side with a concert performance of his new collaboration with Edie Brickell, who initially burst onto the national scene in the late 80s fronting the New Bohemians. Although these new musical partners have already built respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural effort is a charming departure, as well as a creative milestone. Backed by the virtuoso playing of the Steep Canyon Rangers, the duo partner on a series of new songs that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo playing with Brickell’s heart-tugging vocals to create a playful and accessible collection of songs.
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:00pm
In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, age 29, on a Canadian soundstage for the live music TV series “In Session,” magic took place. ALBERT KING WITH STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN — IN SESSION is not simply a television program: it’s a summit of two master musicians. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, waited for.
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:30pm
Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s. Among the crowd-pleasing favorites are “What a Fool Believes,” “Low Down,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Pretzel Logic,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and many more.
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:00pm
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:30pm
Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America’s most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:00pm
Step back in time and onto the frontier to explore the epic stories of the larger-than-life men and women who helped tame the West. Rebels, pioneers, heroes, villains and icons of frontier culture, they captured the imagination of a nation and inspired a stampede of novels, television shows and big-screen dramas. Featuring some of the best moments from the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Wild West Collection, the program includes excerpts from Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Custer’s Last Stand, Jesse James, Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp.
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:00pm
In the most personal program of his career, Dr. Dyer offers an intimate conversation about what his own personal experiences have taught him: There are no accidents, and all the choices we make and actions we take weave a life tapestry uniquely our own. Exploring the five principles that have guided his own choices, Dr. Dyer shows why it is important to have — and act on — a burning desire, why life’s lowest moments can reveal our true purpose, and how the principle of love allows us to see our lives more clearly and reach greatest awareness.