On-Air Highlights

The Piano Guys

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 28, 2013 11:42 AM
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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 June 2 at 3:30pm, Saturday March 9 at 3:30pm and Saturday June 8 at 3:30pm.

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 $150.00

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