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Compilation of fan favorites wrap up TV pledge drive

Written by witf | Mar 14, 2013 9:45 AM

For the last day our TV fundraising campaign, Thursday, March 21, we'll be creating a compilation of our fan's favorite shows from throughout the pledge drive. If you missed any of them, or loved them so much that you can't wait to watch them again, then this is your chance!

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8 p.m. Daniel O'Donnell From the Heartland


Beloved Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell and his melodic voice return to PBS in this new concert special filmed in Iowa, the Hawkeye State. Exuding the same passion and unique sense of humor that have fascinated audiences for years, O’Donnell sings, dances and charms his way into viewers’ hearts with a mix of country, pop hits and fan favorites.

O’Donnell mixes it up a bit this time around by sharing seldom-heard renditions of “Distant Drums” and “Farside Banks of Jordan,” as well as paying tribute to some of the greatest artists of all time with Loretta Lynn’s “Standing Room Only” and Andy Williams’ “Moon River.” O’Donnell’s renditions of these country and pop hits are sure to bring joy to viewers at home. Of course O’Donnell doesn’t forget about his fans’ favorites when he opens the show with the uplifting “Stand Beside Me,” continues with “Only This Moment” and “Our House Is a Home,” and closes with the beloved “How Great Thou Art.”

During the broadcast of this music special, you will have an exclusive opportunity to invest in witf programming and obtain one of these great gifts as our thank you:

  • Daniel O'Donnell: Great Inspirations CD for a donation of $60.00
  • Daniel O'Donnell: From the Heartland DVD for a donation of $75.00
  • Discover Daniel O'Donnell: Collector's Edition 6-CD Set for a donation of $100.00
  • All the CDs and DVDs above combo package for a donation of $175.00

8:30 p.m. Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino


Andrea Bocelli, the international superstar tenor, returns to Great Performances once again to delight fans with Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino, a new concert special in which he puts classical music aside for an evening of international favorites inspired by the breathtaking coastal setting of Portofino, Italy.

The Italian fishing village and upmarket resort is noted for its picturesque harbor and frequent celebrity visitors, as demonstrated by a kaleidoscopic photo montage featuring screen legends Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, and current personalities ranging from Denzel Washington to Ellen DeGeneres.

With 16-time Grammy-winner David Foster as both music director and keyboard accompanist, Bocelli is joined by trumpeter Chris Botti. Under the stars, beside the shimmering harbor waters, and with a rapt audience that includes Paul Anka, Sir Michael Caine and Italian actress Ornella Muti, Bocelli performs some of the world’s most famous love songs, including “Senza Fine,” “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Champagne,” “Love Me Tender” and in duet with the late, legendary Edith Piaf, “La Vie en Rose,” while his real-life love Veronica Berti looks on adoringly. Bocelli sings in six languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Neapolitan). The sensual sound is rounded out by Cuban, Brazilian and Portuguese rhythms.

During the show, we'll be offering special Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your contribution of $75, you will receive Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino DVD. For your contribution of $90, you will receive Andrea Bocelli: Passione Deluxe Edition CD. For your contribution of $150, you will receive both the Deluxe Edition CD and the DVD.

9 p.m. Celtic Thunder: Mythology


Celtic Thunder Mythology is the latest show from Celtic Thunder. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin, it’s fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey.

Celtic Thunder Mythology is the latest show from Celtic Thunder and the show’s 9th special for Public Television. Celtic Thunder Mythology tells the story of our ancestors in Ireland, their legends, their history and their stories. It’s the lifeblood of modern day Ireland and it’s influences from our Celtic past that are that are still reflected in its people today. Like the Celts, Mythology is bold, challenging, strong, proud and steeped in history. All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently in Mythology, from haunting solo numbers to rousing ensembles and great original tracks that were written especially for Celtic Thunder Mythology, such as the show opening number “Voices” and the finale “My Land”.

During the show, we'll be offering special Celtic Thunder themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf:

  • Celtic Thunder Mythology Deluxe 2 CD Set  $75.00
  • Celtic Thunder Mythology Deluxe 2 DVD Set  $100.00
  • Combo: Mythology CD & DVD $150.00
  • 2 tickets to show on October 8th at Hershey Theatre at 7:30  $250.00
  • 2 tickets to show on October 8th at Hershey Theatre at 7:30 w/Meet &Greet $365.00

9:30 p.m.The Piano Guys Live at Red Butte Garden


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.

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

10 p.m. Under the Streetlamp


UNDER THE STREETLAMP, America’s hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook in this special recorded at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony® Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Featuring doo-wop, Motown, old time rock ‘n’ roll and favorite songs from the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Four Seasons and many others, UNDER THE STREETLAMP is part of special programming premiering on witf on March 6 at 8 p.m., March 9 at 5 p.m., and March 16 at 6 p.m.

The members of Under the Streetlamp — Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley — have been featured on Broadway, in film and on television, and were showcased on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “The Emmy® Awards” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during their Jersey Boys tenure. Accompanied by a band of seven elite musicians, Under the Streetlamp has packed concert venues across America. They are, without a doubt, a modern classic.

Songs include “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here to Stay,” “At Last,” “Pretty Woman,” “Sh-Boom,” “Devil in Disguise,” “Blue Moon,” “Twist and Shout,” “Since I Fell for You” and many more, delivered in the inimitable Under the Streetlamp style, with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that are hip and straight-up cool.

During the show, we'll be offering special UNDER THE STREETLAMP themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $55, you'll receive the Under the Streetlamp CD. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the Under the Streetlamp DVD. For your gift of $100, you receive two tickets to see the band at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg on May 3, 2013. For you're gift of $100, you receive both the CD and DVD.

10:30 p.m. Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons


In 2011, Chris Mann faced a make-or-break moment in his blind audition on NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” when he took the stage to perform Andrea Bocelli’s song, “Because We Believe.” Mann blew everyone away with his stunning classical voice and landed on a team coached by Christina Aguilera, who told him, “I feel the heavens open up when you sing.” America agreed, and Chris Mann became one of the breakout stars of season two with his heavenly voice and dynamic live performance. Now Mann has found a home on PBS, singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites filmed live in concert with two very special guests – four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 14-time Grammy nominee Martina McBride and best-selling contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair.

Influenced by Pavarotti and vintage Sinatra, Mann’s blend of classically trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that’s rare in music today. Said Cee Lo Green, “He is by far one of the most incomparable vocalists I have ever heard.” By the time his season of “The Voice” ended, Mann had landed not one, but two songs on the iTunes Top 10 Pop Singles Chart. A few months later, he signed with Faircraft/Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair, and began recording Roads, his major label debut. That album, a bold reimagining of the classical-pop genre, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and No. 5 on the Classical Album Chart. The aptly titled album represents the culmination of a long and challenging journey for this gifted and dedicated young artist. In addition, Mann also recorded Home for Christmas, a holiday album exclusively for Walmart, which rocketed to No. 1 on the chain’s Best-Selling Album Chart and entered Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart at No. 12.

During the show, we'll be offering special Chris Mann themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your contribution of $60, you will receive Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann For All Seasons CD. For your contribution of $90, you will receive Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann For All Seasons DVD. For your contribution of $150, you will receive both the CD and DVD.

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