On-Air Highlights

The Piano Guys at Red Butte Garden

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Feb 27, 2013 1:18 PM

Filmed at a September 19 sold-out concert in a stunning outdoor venue in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Piano Guys: Live from Red Butte Garden is the television concert premiere of a musical group on a meteoric rise. YouTube sensation The Piano Guys, featuring Steven Sharp Nelson on cello and Jon Schmidt on piano, offer new songs and fan favorites all showcasing thewow factor that sets their performances apart.

While The Piano Guys produce beautiful music, they are best known for their interpretations of well-known favorites. For a mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Simple Gifts,” the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic and One Voice Children’s Choir accompany the band. When performing Beethoven’s “Five Secrets,” groups of philharmonic musicians planted in the audience stand up one by one to join in, playing their own instruments in an orchestral flash mob.

Also on the program are The Piano Guys’ versions of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” Dave Guetta’s “Without You,” Christina Perri’s “Thousand Years” and “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables. The concert special incorporates some of the duo’s YouTube videos such as “Cello Wars,” cellist Steven Sharp Nelson’s take on the Star Wars theme.

The Piano Guys, newly signed to Sony Masterworks, are five Utahans: Jon Schmidt, the Piano Guy; Steven Sharp Nelson, the Cello Guy; Al Van Der Beek, the Music and Studio Guy; Paul Anderson, the Producer and Videographer Guy; and Tel Stewart, the Videographer and Editor Guy.

Join us for Piano Guys: Live at Red Butte Garden on witf Thursday March 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday March 9 at 3:30pm, Wednesday March 13 at 8:00pm, and Saturday March 16 at 4:30pm.

During the show, we'll be offering special Piano Guys themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf.

  • Piano Guys: Live at Red Butte Garden CD $60.00
  • Piano Guys: Live at Red Butte Garden DVD $75.00
  • Combo: Live at Red Butte Garden CD/DVD $120.00
  • 2 tickets to see The Piano Guys at the Whitaker Center on October 25 $250.00

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  • peter cluck img 2013-12-05 07:22

    I was unable to get through to make my donation during the program to take advantage of the special thank you gifts for our donation. Are they still available? I was interested in the tickets to see them. I can't recall many things that I applauded while watching a performance on my tv.

  • Fred Vigeant img 2013-12-05 08:28


    Someone from witf's development office will be in touch with you.

    • mlgoodwillie img 2013-12-06 18:16

      I had a similar experience to Peter's, and would also love to see them in Hershey. Please feel free to contact me as well. Thank you for a truly thrilling program!