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Arkansas PBS Foundaion brings Ethan Bortnick, Damian McGinty to Stuttgart for special September concert

Posted 27 Feb 2014

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Foundation is currently the exclusive outlet for tickets to "Ethan Bortnick in Concert With Damian McGinty" Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 Highway 165 South in Stuttgart.

McGinty will be live in the AETN studios Sunday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. during the broadcast of the family music special "Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music." Tickets to the Stuttgart performance will be available for donations during the broadcast.

"Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music" features the 12-year-old composer, pianist and entertainer Bortnick, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, four-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir.

Bortnick performs with passion and heart - his fingers fly across the piano keys in "Minute Waltz," and the audience enjoys "Rock Around the Clock," claps to the beat of "Lean On Me," and participates in a sing-along of "Crocodile Rock." He’s joined by special guests McGinty of "Glee" and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit.

Beyond his gifts as a consummate musician, Bortnick is a driven humanitarian. This 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 composition "Anything is Possible." Through his music, Bortnick has helped raise more than $30 million for children’s charities and other causes across the world.

Bortnick is the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour, and to date he has appeared in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia.

McGinty joined Celtic Thunder at age 14 and with them completed four coast-to-coast tours of the U.S.A. and Canada, sold over 1 million CDs and DVDs and more than 400,000 concert tickets, and performed in six "Celtic Thunder" specials for public television. McGinty left Celtic Thunder in 2011 after he entered and won "The Glee Project," landing him a spot on the hit television show as foreign exchange student Rory Flanagan.

The Sept. 21 concert will feature individual performances by both Bortnick and McGinty, as well as sets they perform together. AETN viewers will have the opportunity to reserve the best seats for this concert for a donation of $60 per ticket to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion. Additionally, a limited number of concert tickets with meet and greet passes will be available for a donation of $150 per ticket. Tickets may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386.

The Arkansas PBS Foundaion exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The Arkansas PBS Foundaion builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

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