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May 23, 2014 By THE DAILY PROGRESS:

It’s nothing new to see the stars of old pack a concert hall with fans ranging from grandmothers and their grandchildren.

 

Well the Paramount has a twist in store for you Saturday night.

You still can see an act that appeals to young and old alike — but the “man” on stage is only 13.

Ethan Bortnick – the youngest performer ever to headline a concert tour – will be in town for a 6 p.m. show that will bring you everything from the Bieber to Bach.

He is a charming entertainer who knows how to touch an audience. He is a gifted musician who keeps fans memorized.

Don’t take my word for it. Go to his web page (www.ethanbortnick.com) and watch a video from one of his shows. I personally like the one of him on Jay Leno’s show. Bortnick was only in kindergarten then and had memorized more than 200 songs.

He has a gift, and he uses his power of music for good. The young man who began playing piano at age 3 already has helped raise more than $30 million for charity, especially charities that help children.

“I feel if you have a talent, you should use it to help other people,” Bortnick said Wednesday night, after finishing up a concert in Charlotte, N.C. “It doesn’t matter if your talent is music or cooking or sports. You should use your talent help other people.”

In 2010, he performed with the likes of Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion to record “We Are the World” to aid Haiti’s earthquake victims. His list of charitable giving is long. He has contributed to Miami’s Children Hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, the American Heart Association and many, many more.

Because of his philanthropy, Bortnick was featured on the cover of Esquire magazine.

He learned to care at a very young age.

“My younger brother had to have three heart surgeries,” he said. “When I went to visit him in the hospital, I saw him and a lot of kids who were having a hard time. I was small, and I asked, ‘Why did this have to happen? Why did this have to happen to us?’

“But now that I’m older, I understand a lot more.”

He understood that a lot of families didn’t have the funds to pay their hospital bills, so he was determined to help.

That determination seems to have paralleled his career in music.

“I asked my parents for piano lessons when I was 3, and they said, ‘No,’ Bortnick said.

So he picked up his little toy keyboard and began to play, note for note, everything he heard.

“I played the music that I heard on TV and on the radio,” he said. “I started copying the music so I could show my parents. They said, ‘We are going to get you piano lessons.’ ”

Although he has a natural gift, he wanted to learn more.

“It definitely benefited me,” he said. “I am always searching to learn more. You may think you know everything, but you are wrong. You can always learn more and expand and grow.”

His musical tastes run the gamut. The Florida native plays rock, classical, jazz — others’ and his own. He began to compose at age 5.

“Music is music,” he said. “I love to listen to every type of music.”

Oprah selected Ethan as one of her “All-Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” In 2010, he became the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning national TV concert special. It aired on PBS. And last year he starred in “Anything is Possible,” a feature film about a young boy who goes missing after his family goes to Japan to help after the tsunami. Ethan co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored the background music.

Quincy Jones even noted, “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

He has performed across the world with some of the biggest names in the business.

This spring’s 30-city concert tour brings him to Charlottesville with his own band and a special guest, Damian McGinty.

The 21-year-old Irish singer and started singing in a band called Celtic Thunder when he was 14. He earned a seven-episode deal to appear on “Glee,” but he was so popular that his run was extended to 17 shows.

He will join Bortnick on stage Saturday, along with members of Albemarle County Public Schools’ Fifth-Grade Choir and surprise local guest artists.


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PlayhouseSquare presents Ethan Bortnick at the Ohio Theatre May 11, 2014  

May 11, 2014 By AXS ENTERTAINMENT:

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Guinness World Record Musician Ethan Bortnick to appear on Mother’s Day"


Ethan Bortnick has been cited as the youngest performer ever to headline a solo concert tour. On May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day) Ethan will be bringing is family friendly music special live to the Ohio Theatre as part of a 30 city tour.


Oprah has named him one of the “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids”. Joining Ethan on tour will be special guest Damian McGinty (star of Glee and former member of Celtic Thunder).

 

Featured at the concert will be a wide range of music ranging including songs made famous by The Beatles, Elton John, Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson. From Broadway, Motown and Rock and Roll Ethan sings it all including Chopin.

Ethan will be performing songs from his recently released movie “Anything is Possible” that he starred, co scored, and wrote ten songs for. As a special treat for the audience he will compose music on the spot putting together ideas for a song from suggestions and ideas from the audience. He will also stay on stage for a Q & A segment. Dave Rosenthal (known around the world for his work with Billy Joel) is Ethan’s Musical Director for the program. Damian McGinty will join Ethan onstage performing songs that he sang in Ethan’s PBS special plus some new numbers that he has never performed live before. Also joining Ethan and Damian on stage are a dynamic band, the R.O.C.c.K Children's Choir & Aurora City Schools, and local surprise guest artists.

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Ethan Bortnick, child musical prodigy, to play Tucson 

April 3, 2014 By THE ARIZONA JEWISH POST:


A normal to-do list for a 13-year-old probably wouldn’t include a 30-city global headliner musical tour, but Ethan Bortnick is no average Jewish teen.

 

Bortnick’s ability to enthrall audiences with his uncanny musical ear and astonishing talent on the piano has led him to be named as one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” He recorded his first PBS national television concert at age 9 with an accompanying headline tour, “Musical Time Machine.” His new tour follows his second PBS special, “Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music.”

Besides becoming a certified Guinness World Record title-holder as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour” and the youngest performer to headline a Las Vegas show, he’s also performed with Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Santana and more.

Tucson will be Bortnick’s third stop on his 30-city tour after concerts in Fort Lauderdale, his hometown, and California. So far, he told the AJP, “I’m having lots of fun.” Despite his youth, Bortnick, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, speaks with the confidence and clarity of a seasoned musician. Describing his tour, he expresses his sincere love of “all types of music. There’s a big variety in the show, from classical to jazz, from variety to pop.”

He claims not to favor one particular music genre over another. His favorite part of touring? “Meeting new people, definitely. I’m having a ton of fun.”

Irish singer and actor Damian McGinty of the hit TV series “Glee” will join Bortnick on tour. It will be McGinty’s first tour since his participation in the group Celtic Thunder. Dave Rosenthal, Billy Joel’s musical director, served as Bortnick’s musical director for this show.

During his shows, Bortnick performs cover songs and his own compositions, and compose songs on the spot using audience stories.

Bortnick finds time to balance his musical career with school. He attends what he calls “regular school” about 25 percent of the time, and does much of his coursework remotely.

In addition to his career and education, Bortnick is a passionate philanthropist and has raised over $30 million for nonprofits and charities.

He has special advice for kids who seek to excel in music: “Really, really listen to the music. Work hard at it. See how it can affect people’s lives.


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Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick at Chandler Center 

March 30, 2014 By 12 NEWS & THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: 

Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick was picking out melodies on the keyboard at age 3 and writing his own compositions at 5 — just like one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

Now 13, the Hollywood, Fla., native performs around the world. On Sunday, April 6, he’ll be in concert with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and the Phoenix Boys Choir at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

“I’ll be playing ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and the Minute Waltz by Chopin,” he says. “All types of music, from ‘Lean on Me’ to a composition of my own.”

Ethan doesn’t remember the first time he played music, but luckily his parents captured the moment on video.

“They said I always asked them for piano lessons and they just said no. But what happened is I took out a little toy keyboard I got for my second birthday, and all the music I heard I started copying on my little toy keyboard, and then I called my parents and they started filming me. And they said, ‘We’re getting you piano lessons.’ ”

When he was 5, his younger brother had heart surgery, and seeing so many kids in need at the hospital inspired Ethan to use his talents to raise money for charitable causes. In 2010 he joined an all-star cast that included Barbra Streisand and Justin Bieber to record “We are the World 25 for Haiti.”

Despite his stellar resume, however, he does find time for regular kid stuff, including his favorite video games, Pokémon and Flappy Bird.

“I play video games before my performances, literally like one second before I go on the stage,” he says. “I’ll be playing and my dad will be like, ‘OK, Ethan, it’s time to go,’ and I’ll tell him not to turn the power off or anything.”

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12 Year Old Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music 

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 By The GUIDE: 

Harrisburg, PA — Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour will appear on Harrisburg, PA, PBS Station WITF at 2 p.m. March 2, 12:30 p.m., March 8, and 4 p.m. March 9.

 

The captivating new family music special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music features the amazing 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, a four-piece band and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles!

The young musical sensation named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids,” is joined by special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit in a moving 90 minute special that highlights Ethan’s belief that music can emotionally connect people, and ultimately, change the world.

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Young entertainer Ethan Bortnick’s new music special to premiere on public television stations nationwide, beginning November 23, 2013 (check local listings) 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music

 

Young entertainer Ethan Bortnick’s new music special to premiere on public television stations nationwide, beginning November 23, 2013 (check local listings)

 

The captivating new family music special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music features the amazing 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer Ethan Bortnick, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles!  Presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music will premiere just in time for the family holiday get-togethers -- available beginning November 23, 2013 (check local listings). 

 

Ethan performs with passion and heart – his fingers fly across the piano keys in “Minute Waltz,” and the audience rocks out to “Rock Around the Clock,” claps to the beat of “Lean On Me,” and participates in a very enthusiastic sing-along of “Crocodile Rock.  He’s joined by special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit, who add even more color to the musical rainbow on stage. You will get chills when you hear “The Earth Song,” and feel the power of music when Ethan performs an emotional and inspiring rendition of “We Are the World.”

 

Beyond his gifts as a consummate musician, Ethan is a driven humanitarian, too.  This moving special highlights his belief that music has a higher purpose -- an ability to emotionally connect people, encourage them to help others, and ultimately, affect change in the world, as presented in his own eloquent composition “Anything is Possible.”  Through his music, Ethan has already helped raise more than $30 million for children’s charities and other causes across the world.  

 

Ethan is the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour, and he has so far appeared in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia.   This special showcases Ethan’s amazing talent, passion for music, and generous spirit…all at the ripe old age of 12!

 

Executive Producer of Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music is Anmar K. Sarafa.  Producers are Gene Bortnick and Nicolette Ferri.  Director is Julia Knowles.  Musical Director is David Rosenthal.  Lighting Designer is Jeff Ravitz.  Photo credit: Symphony of Keys, LLC.

 

About WTTW National Productions

WTTW National Productions is a premier producer and presenter of original, high-quality television programs for both public and commercial television broadcast. WTTW National Productions is a division of Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW11 Chicago.  For more than 50 years, WTTW11 and WTTW National Productions have introduced a wide array of ground-breaking television programming – reflecting the world’s rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business, and religion – to a national audience. Its landmark innovative series and original productions include the critically-acclaimed performance showcases Soundstage, Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis; Proclamation of Hope, and David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert; cultural series, MEXICO—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, Grannies on Safari, Ebert Presents At the Movies and The Artist Toolbox; the business series CEO Exchange; the documentary series Retirement Revolution; the transmedia online educational children’s properties Mission to Planet 429 and UMIGO, and the award-winning animated children’s series WordWorld.   For more information, please visit www.wttw.com/national.

 

About NETA

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.  NETA connects people and ideas by providing quality programming, educational resourcesprofessional development, management support, and national representation.

 

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WVPT to Present Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music in December 

WVPT Public Television:  Your Source for PBS and More!
 
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Contact:
David Mullins
President and General Manager
WVPT Public Television
(540) 437-2464
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WVPT to Present Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music in December

12-Year-Old Guinness World Record Musician Ethan Bortnick’s special to air Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

Released: November 21, 2013

HARRISONBURG, Va.—WVPT Public Television, serving the Shenandoah Valley and Central and Northern Virginia, announces the premiere of Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

At 12 years old, Bortnick—the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour—has so far appeared in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. He will perform in Charlottesville at The Paramount Theater May 24, 2014.

Viewers are encouraged to tune in Dec. 4 to watch the prodigal composer, pianist and entertainer accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, band and 120-member kids choir in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles. Among Bortnick’s selections are Frédéric Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” and favorites such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “Lean On Me,” “Earth Song” and “Crocodile Rock.” Special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit join Bortnick for a moving rendition of “We Are the World.”

“We are excited to showcase Ethan’s talent and spirit through this fun-filled broadcast for all ages,” said WVPT President and General Manager David Mullins. “This is a fantastic program to sit down and watch with family as the holiday season nears as well as a sneak peak of the excitement Ethan will bring to Charlottesville next year.”

Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music is presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).

On Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., viewers can tune in to watch Bortnick in concert on the following channels:

Bortnick is available for interviews. Please contact Katie Falcone atkgfalcone@ivygroup.com or 434-979-2678, ext. 107.

About Ethan Bortnick

At 12 years old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer and driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. Bortnick has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, he was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour. Bortnick has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Good Morning America” and “Oprah”, where he was named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids”. In 2010, he made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS. Bortnick stars in the feature film Anything in Possible—released in September—for which he co-wrote all of the songs and scored all of the music. For more information, visit www.ethanbortnick.com.

About WVPT Public Television

Since 1968, WVPT has been the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia's public television station. But that's just scratching the surface. WVPT is also a classroom, a concert hall, a conference center, a college and a library of the airwaves. WVPT is one of the most accessible educational institutions in the region, utilizing the power of broadcasting to help carry out its mission of education, culture and citizenship for everyone within its reach. WVPT's over-the-air broadcast coverage area consists of 40 counties; the signal is also carried on numerous cable channels, including Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, Lynchburg and Winchester. WVPT’s sister station WVPY is carried on both Dish Network and DirecTV in the Hagerstown/Washington, D.C. market. For more information, visit www.wvpt.net.

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Child Prodigy Pianist Ethan Bortnick Performs at Weidner Center 

Ethan Bortnick, an internationally-known pianist, is performing Thursday night at the Weidner Center on UW-Green Bay's Campus.

The concert will help raise money for Parkinson's Disease research.

Twelve-year-old Ethan is hailed as a child prodigy pianist.

His career started when his parents heard him play on a toy keyboard.

"I started playing everything I heard on the radio or in movies, and I showed my parents and they were like, 'We're getting you lessons'" said Ethan.

One of his recitals was posted on YouTube and he became a sensation, appearing on talk shows with Oprah and Jay Leno.

"I really think it's amazing how music can inspire and really change how people think and feel. I just believe music can change the world," said Bortnick.

All of the theatrics involved are for more than just a good show. When Ethan takes the stage Thursday night he'll be raising money for Parkinson's Disease research.

"He's raised over $35 million for charities. He is the guy to do it even though he's only 12," said Nancy Mattson, a chair of the event.

She contacted him after hearing about his charity work. She was inspired because of her father who has the disease.

"It's hard. It's not easy when it's someone you love that struggles with the illness," said Mattson.

Part of the money from ticket and raffle sales will go to the Waisman Center at UW-Madison, which specializes in Parkinson's research.

"We'd like to find a cure. They are doing pretty fantastic research there. One of the best in the country," said Mattson.

Her goal is to raise $1 million for research, if not Thursday night then in the future.

Piano whiz Ethan Bortnick performing at Weidner 

Piano whiz Ethan Bortnick will be performing a show at the Weidner Center for the Kress/Mattson Parkinson's fundraiser.

The show is Thursday, July 11 in Green Bay. Click here for ticket information.

At 12 years old, Ethan is a nationally and internationally known pianist, composer, singer, entertainer and humanitarian.

The Florida native made history in 2011 when he became the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas with his residency at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater.

He was also certified as a Guinness World Records title-holder for the world's youngest solo musician to headline his own tour.

Ethan has wrapped up shooting a full length feature film called "Anything is Possible", which will be released later this year. He co-wrote all the songs in the film and scored all the background music.

Piano prodigy plays Calgary for the 1st time 

 Ethan Bortnick, 12, has played with Justin Bieber, Elton John



Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick made his first appearance in Calgary last night.

The 12-year-old holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo concert tour.

Bortnick says he started playing at an early age.

“When I was three years old, on a little toy keyboard, I just started mimicking everything that I heard and then I asked my parents for piano lessons. They're like, ‘yeah, sure,’ and, yeah, the rest is history.”

'To be honest with you, literally one minute before the concert, I'm still playing Angry Birds backstage.'
— Ethan Bortnick, pianist
And though Bortnick has performed with Justin Bieber and Elton John, he says he still gets a chance to do what other kids his age do.

“To be honest with you, literally one minute before the concert, I'm still playing Angry Birds backstage.”

The pianist has raised more than $30 million for different charities including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

He also stars in and co-wrote the music for a movie coming out in September titled Anything is Possible.

Read Original Story : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/03/06/calgary-justin-bieber-ethan-bortnick-piano-prodigy.html


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