Gershwin One-Hour Concert Broadcasts 3/26 On PBS

03.23.09
Giancarlo Guerrero
BroadwayWorld.com

Gershwin at One Symphony Place, a one-hour version of the Nashville Symphony's all-Gershwin gala concert from last September, will broadcast beginning March 26 on PBS stations across the U.S. Nashville Public Television (Channel 8) is scheduled to run the program at 9 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, March 26. Gershwin will also be available in High Definition locally on NPT-HD (Comcast cable channel 240, Charter cable channel 708 and over-the-air with a digital tuner.)

As of today, 481 stations from New York to Los Angeles have signed up to air Gershwin from March 26 through the end of April, according to PBS. That represents nearly 70% of all PBS stations in the country. Some stations in larger markets plan to air the program multiple times, which raises the currently planned total number of showings to 975.

This First Tennessee Special Event concert featured the Nashville Symphony, Music Director Designate Giancarlo Guerrero and guest piano soloist Kevin Cole in Gershwin's best-known music. Presented nationally on PBS by NPT, the abridged program includes the Cuban Overture, An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as an eight-minute profile of the orchestra and Maestro Guerrero.

Gershwin at One Symphony Place reunites the team of Sunrise Entertainment and the Nashville Symphony that won a Midsouth Regional Emmy® Award for One Symphony Place: A World Premiere Live from Music City, the broadcast of the grand opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in September 2006.

"Our original broadcast of Schermerhorn Symphony Center's opening night in 2006, and subsequent national broadcast on PBS, was a triumphant moment for NPT, the Nashville Symphony and Sunrise Entertainment. Ultimately, it was a shining moment for Nashville," said Beth Curley, President and CEO of Nashville Public Television. "We're proud to continue sharing that excitement, and the extraordinary art of the Symphony, with the nation."

"The Nashville Symphony's all-Gershwin concert with Kevin Cole was a thrilling start to what has been a truly incredible season at Schermerhorn Symphony Center," said Alan Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. "PBS viewers will be able to share in that excitement when they watch Gershwin at One Symphony Place, and they'll get to experience some of the magic that happens every week at the Schermerhorn."