THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Celebrates Two Musical Milestones with Concert Specials Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration and Andrea Bocelli @ 60

Air date: 03/02/2019

THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Celebrates Two Musical Milestones with Concert Specials Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration and Andrea Bocelli @ 60, Premiering Beginning March 2 on PBS (check local listings)

In celebration of the birth of pioneering musical legends Joni Mitchell and Andrea Bocelli, Great Performances presents two new concert specials: Great Performances – Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration and Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli @ 60, both premiering nationwide beginning March 2 on PBS (check local listings). Andrea Bocelli @ 60 will also be available to stream beginning March 2 via Passport at pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps (contact your local PBS station for details). In the New York metro area, Joni 75 premieres Thursday, March 14 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN and Andrea Bocelli @ 60 premieres Thursday, March 28 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

In Joni 75, world-renowned artists gather to celebrate the 75th birthday of the nine-time Grammy Award winner. The all-star lineup features Brandi Carlile; Glen Hansard; Emmylou Harris; Norah Jones; Chaka Khan; Diana Krall; Kris Kristofferson; Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores; Graham Nash; Seal; James Taylor; and Rufus Wainwright. Presented by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the Joni 75 concerts were recorded November 6 and 7, 2018, with musical arrangements by co-musical directors Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd.

 

Song List:

“Court and Spark” – Norah Jones

“Coyote” – Glen Hansard

“Blue” – Rufus Wainwright

“Help Me” – Chaka Khan

“River” – James Taylor

“The Magdalene Laundries” – Emmylou Harris

“Nothing Can Be Done” – Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores

“Our House” – Graham Nash

“A Case of You” – Kris Kristofferson and Brandi Carlile

“Down to You” – Brandi Carlile

“Both Sides Now” – Seal

“All I Want” – Rufus Wainwright

“For the Roses” – Diana Krall

“Woodstock” – James Taylor

“Big Yellow Taxi” – Ensemble

 

A CD and DVD of Joni 75 featuring additional songs and footage will be available to viewers who support their local PBS station.

In Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli @ 60, the world-renowned, four-time Grammy Award-nominated tenor showcases his opera and pop repertoire in a birthday celebration. From Italy’s ancient Arena di Verona, Bocelli performs timeless arias from “La Bohème,” “La Traviata” and “Il Trovatore;” in addition, Bocelli sings songs from his new album, Si, at a sunset concert in the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere. Special guests include Dua Lipa, Aida Garifullina and Bocelli’s son Matteo, who joins his father for a special performance of the duet “Fall on Me.”

 

Songs Featured:

“If Only” – Andrea Bocelli featuring Dua Lipa

“La donna è mobile” – Andrea Bocelli

“Fall on Me” – Andrea Bocelli featuring Matteo Bocelli

“Ave Maria Pietas” – Andrea Bocelli featuring Aida Garifullina

“Di quella pira” – Andrea Bocelli

“O soave fanciulla” – Andrea Bocelli

“Come un bel dì di Maggio” – Andrea Bocelli

“Vivo” – Andrea Bocelli

“Un’anima” – Andrea Bocelli

“Nessun Dorma” – Andrea Bocelli

 

This concert marks Andrea Bocelli’s twelfth Great Performances special.

Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

A production of Parallel 28 Equipe Inc., Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration is directed by Martyn Atkins and produced by James S. Pluta, with John Beug as executive producer.  For the concert event, Jorn Weisbrodt is artistic producer, and Danny Kapilian is music producer.

Major funding for Great Performances – Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Rosalind P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Lenore Hecht Foundation, The Phillip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation and PBS.

Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli @ 60 is a Production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.  The Porto Venere Concert is directed and edited by Gaetano Marbioli, and the Arena di Verona concert is directed by Cristian Biondani.

Major funding for Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli @ 60 is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation and PBS.

 

Websites: http://pbs.org/gperf, facebook.com/GreatPerformances, @GPerfPBS, youtube.com/greatperformancespbs #GreatPerformancesPBS

 

About WNET
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.

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