For Immediate Release
February 7, 2014
Young entertainer Ethan Bortnick takes his highly successful TV special on tour around the country this spring, with special guest Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder!
Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special LIVE to the Weidner Center on Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm.
The young musical sensation, named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids,” will be joined on the tour by special guest Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder in a concert that highlights Ethan’s belief that music can truly connect people, and ultimately, change the world.
Ethan has seen firsthand the power of music to manifest global change. At only 13 years old, he has already harnessed the power of music around the world to raise more than $30 million for charity. In 2010, Ethan joined icons such as Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Celine Dion in re-recording the benefit single “We Are the World” to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake. Due to his extraordinary impact on the world, Ethan was invited to be a part of GAP’s global campaign and was featured on the cover of Esquire magazine. Ethan knows the inspirational power of music to create positive change, and it is that power and unifying energy that Ethan is now bringing to live audiences around the country.
An evening at one of Ethan’s concerts fills audiences with joy and brings them to their feet. In this magical concert, Ethan performs a range of music that appeals to people of all ages. Hear songs from The Beatles to Elton John to Broadway, from Chopin to Neil Diamond, from Michael Jackson to Motown to rock ‘n roll, and everything in between. Ethan will also perform several of his own songs, including some from the recently released movie ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, in which he starred, co-scored, and wrote 10 songs. He will also involve the audience in the show, compose music on the spot, put together songs instantly using audience stories/ideas, and answer questions during a Q&A segment at each concert. Never before has a show delighted audiences with such unmatched talent, heart, and joy.
Ethan not only stars in The Power of Music, but he also created the entire show. Billy Joel’s Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work including more than twenty years working with Joel, acted as Ethan’s Musical Director for this extraordinary program.
Damian, who will join Ethan on stage, has not toured since he left Celtic Thunder in 2010. The popular 21-year-old Irish singer and actor will perform the songs he sang in Ethan’s PBS special, and maybe even some new songs he has never before performed live. Fans nationwide are eagerly awaiting the young singer’s return to the stage with his charm, infectious energy and rich, beautiful voice.
Also joining Ethan and Damian on stage are a dynamic band, the Green Bay Boys and Girls Choir, and local surprise guest artists.
About Ethan Bortnick
At only 13 years old Ethan Bortnick has already moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, Ethan was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour. In his career, Ethan has shared the stage with Elton John, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Santana, and many others. He has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah.” In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally televised concert special on PBS. Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.” Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible, which was released in late 2013.
About Damian McGinty
Damian McGinty, 21, is an Irish actor and singer from Derry, Northern Ireland. Damian has been performing for more than a decade, and was a member of the group Celtic Thunder for four years, starting from age fourteen. While with the group, Damian completed four coast-to-coast tours of the USA and Canada, and Celtic Thunder sold over one million CDs and DVDs as well as over 400,000 concert tickets while he was a member. Damian also performed in six Celtic Thunder specials for Public Television. On 21 August 2011 Damian won the Oxygen reality show The Glee Project, earning him a seven-episode guest-starring role on the hit Fox television show Glee, which was later extended to 17 episodes. Damian served as Cultural Ambassador for his hometown of Derry in its role as 2013 UK City of Culture, which led to his performing alongside Carly Simon at a recent gala event.