Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick is busy these days. In November, he finished a 50-city tour called The Power of Music, and he will begin a new tour in September. He has a TV show in the works called Ethan Presents. Viewers will be treated to a concert and famous guests on each episode. The first episode airs on PBS on May 25.
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Ethan Bortnick-fourteen-year-old pianist, composer, entertainer, songwriter, actor, musician, and one of the youngest philanthropists in the world-will headline LearningTECH/Quest School/KTVE/KARD's annual fundraiser Stars on the Bayou on October 19, Jack Howard Theater. Ethan's concert "Believe in Yourself; Anything Is Possible" will be a tribute to children in Northeast Louisiana who have overcome life's challenges.
A reception for Ethan and his family from 4:30-5:30 will give ticket holders an opportunity to meet Ethan, purchase his CD's, and bid on silent auction items. Bortnick's concert, 6-8:00 P.M., will feature Missy Robertson and the West Monroe High School Choir, under the direction of Greg Oden. During the concert's intermission, the audience may participate in a live auction of five select items.
At nine years old, Bortnick became the youngest artist to have his own National PBS Concert Special. "Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine" became his national tour when Ethan was ten. Featured musical selections included the Beatles "Let It Be," Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Ethan's concerts feature numerous genres, appealing to all ages.
Ethan's Monroe Concert, "The Power of Music" will also feature original selections including "Believe in Yourself; Anything Is Possible," a tribute to his brother, who has overcome physical challenges. Prospective concert goers should google Ethan Bortnick to view a YOU Tube concert. His enthusiasm for life and music has caused Ethan's concert goers to say "Genius," "Incredible, funny, inspiring for all ages," and "Ethan is a wonder."
Having appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, Little Ensteins, and Wendy Williams, Ethan had a leading role in "Anything Is Possible," a feature film about a young boy separated from his mother who is missing during a trip to Japan to help after the tsunami.
Through his concerts, Ethan has raised over $30 million for non-profit organizations like LearningTECH/Quest School, an educational services center, whose jewel is the Quest School, a school for children who, for whatever reason, cannot find success in traditional settings. Quest School offers an alternative education for children who may have a diagnosis of ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism or who have no formal diagnosis but need a smaller environment and specialized curriculum. Also, Learning TECH offers tutoring for pre kindergarten through college in any subject, educational evaluations, and coding classes.
Tickets for Bortnick's Monroe concert on October 19 are available through Ticket Master and are $30 for adults; $15 for children. LearningTECH/Quest School/KTVE/KARD has sponsorship packages for Stars on the Bayou. At 322-6000, call Donna Underwood, director of LearningTECH/Quest School, for sponsorship or additional information concerning Ethan Bortnick's appearance and concert details.
Ethan Bortnick, the 12-year-old piano prodigy seen on “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show” and “Good Morning America,” will perform at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center (The J) Zale Auditorium, located at 7900 Northaven Road on Sunday, November 24 at 4:30 p.m. Onstage, Ethan performs relaxing jazz, dazzling classical music, raise-the-roof rock n’ roll, and his own memorable originals. He knows hundreds of songs that he can instantly call up to memory. Just by looking out at the crowd and gauging their reactions to songs, Ethan can tailor a pleasing and enjoyable in-the-moment performance. Sets can go from Beethoven, to the Beatles, to Bieber. Tickets for the one-time show range from $10-50 and can be purchased at www.jccdallas.org or by calling (214) 739-2737.
BY CBC NEWS:
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.'
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.
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 atThe 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).
HomeEntertainment/Life 13-year-old entertainer Ethan Bortnick bringing show for all ages to the Paramount
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.
"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).
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.
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.”
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.