Watch Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2pm on WMHT TV.
After making history on both stage and screen, pioneering the classical crossover genre, selling over 30 million albums worldwide, and becoming the only artist to perform the theme song at two Olympics, it’s hard to imagine that Sarah Brightman has a dream left to realize. Yet with her new album Dreamchaser, Sarah is embarking on what she calls “the greatest adventure I can imagine.” Inspired by the wonderment and beauty of space, Dreamchaser is a reflection of Brightman’s lifelong dream to travel into space.
This unique television special, developed specifically for PBS, takes as its theme the futuristic space-vision of the Dreamchaser World Tour. The concert performance, recorded at Elstree Studios just outside London in front of an invited studio audience, features both new songs and well-known favorites that her fans have grown to love. The studio environment, custom designed for the television taping, was transformed for all to share in the out-of-this-world live experience. The evocative lighting, elaborate costumes and powerful video imagery synchronize into a truly spectacular and highly original program.
As announced last year in Moscow, Brightman is expected to be the first musician to travel to the International Space Station, turning her dream into reality. Dreamchaser is a collaboration with veteran producer Mike Hedges, known for his iconic work with the likes of U2, The Cure, and Dido. The first single, “One Day Like This,” is a unique rendition of British band Elbow’s legendary song. The album also features “Closer,” a breathtaking new arrangement of “Tubular Bells.” Furthering the mystique of the album, Brightman delivers many other incredible songs including an astounding rendition of Sigur Ros’ “Glosoli,” featuring new English lyrics by Chris Difford (Squeeze).
Following the special, Brightman embarks on a 33-date U.S. tour, including shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall (9/21), L.A.’s Dolby Theatre (11/1), and Chicago’s Akoo Theatre (9/28). “I want to make the shows as beautiful as possible with the feelings, in the visual sense, behind me,” Brightman told Billboard. “I'm using a huge, round screen that almost looks like a satellite.”