Sixteen-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Ethan Bortnick returns to PBS in GENERATIONS OF MUSIC, an all-new television concert special. Appealing to audiences of all ages and musical tastes, the spectacular song selection spans multiple generations and genres. Recorded before a live audience in Washington Pavilion, the concert features Ethan and his band along with a full orchestra, a youth choir, background vocalists and special guests Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), singer Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappadocia.
Conceived by Bortnick, GENERATIONS OF MUSIC introduces viewers to Ethan’s new original songs that are certain to be enjoyed for many generations to come. Guided by Musical Director David Rosenthal (who is also Billy Joel’s Musical Director) and directed by the Emmy®-nominated Leon Knoles, the concert showcases Ethan’s piano virtuosity, vocal variety and powerful presence, while highlighting his boy-next-door charm and appeal.
From a masterfully performed version of Beethoven’s PathétiqueSonata to an entire audience dancing to “Rockin Robin,” the concert includes top hits from across the decades. Ethan dedicates a new song he wrote to his grandmother, and then performs her favorite song, “Sweet Caroline” as the audience sings along. Ethan’s young brother Nathan gets in on the act with a surprise of his own. Audiences have been known to laugh, cry, dance, sing, hug their loved ones, and had their spirits uplifted by this talented artist.