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Ethan Bortnick’s “A Celebration of America” Premieres July 4th

Last Updated by Mary Riker on

This “Ethan Presents” Music Special was
Produced by WSRE for National Distribution


PENSACOLA, Fla., June 25, 2015 – A new music special, “Ethan Presents: A Celebration of America,” was produced by WSRE for distribution on Public Broadcasting System TV stations nationwide. The patriotic concert was performed before a live audience of military service members at WSRE’s Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio in October. The show premieres locally at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, immediately following PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” on WSRE.

“A Celebration of America” is Bortnick’s third public television special, but the first of a new “Ethan Presents” music series. In 2014, his “Power of Music” special was a top concert pledge show for PBS stations, including WSRE.

At age 14, Bortnick is an internationally known composer, pianist and singer. The child prodigy’s passion and extraordinary talent for music became apparent when, at age 3, he asked his parents for piano lessons and discovered his unique ability to hear a song once and play it back note for note. By age 5, he was composing his own music.

At 9, he was certified by Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour.”

“I am honored that the first episode of my new ‘Ethan Presents’ public television show was filmed in Pensacola at WSRE and the Amos Studio,” said Bortnick. “I had the pleasure of working with some talented people and most importantly, we created a program that salutes our armed forces, the heroes who protect us all.”

“We chose WSRE and the Amos Studio to film our first episode of ‘Ethan Presents’ because of the incredible studio capabilities, the professionalism of the entire team and management that saw the same vision as we did,” said Gene Bortnick, his father and manager at Sun and Sky Entertainment in Hollywood, Fla. “This episode is a tribute to our military, and WSRE immediately supported our vision of saluting those men and women.”

In “A Celebration of America,” Bortnick pays homage to the U.S. Armed Forces and the enduring traditions of the nation with a performance of popular patriotic songs including “America The Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Rockin’ in the USA” and “Route 66.”

The program airs at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. Visit wsre.org/ethan for a preview of the show.

Media Relations Contact:
Mary Riker
mriker@wsre.org