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Richard Glazier LIVE from the WQED Studios to present his new special, "From Ragtime to Reel Time: Richard Glazier In Concert"

March 5, 2012

Richard Glazier LIVE from the WQED Studios to present his new special,
“From Ragtime to Reel Time: Richard Glazier In Concert”

PITTSBURGH—On Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on WQED-TV, join award-winning pianist and storyteller Richard Glazier (at WQED Studios where he will be LIVE) for his new PBS special, From Ragtime to Reel Time: Richard Glazier In Concert.

In his new special Glazier takes classic standards from the “Great American Songbook” by Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, and other “Golden Era” composers of the early 20th century and makes them new again.

In between the music including a complete performance of Rhapsody in Blue, Glazier will share stories along with vintage images about the Gershwin brothers (George and Ira,) concert pianist Oscar Levant who was born in Pittsburgh and Hollywood movie-studio moguls. Joining him at the site of the former MGM Recording Stage is legendary screen actor Mickey Rooney who performs, You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) popularized by Judy Garland, his frequent co-star.

Michael Feinstein has said, “Richard Glazier has Gershwin in his soul.” Having performed the songs in this special for audiences worldwide many times, Glazier (a protégé of Gershwin) believes that many of the composers he features in the program are responsible for the music that came to be known as distinctly American. “These composers took the music of the many immigrant cultures that came to this country at the turn of the century and fused it into a uniquely American sound,” said Glazier of From Ragtime to Reel Time.

From Ragtime to Reel Time: Richard Glazier In Concert is presented by KVIE Public Television serving northern California and distributed by American Public Television (APT.)

Glazier’s first public television special From Gershwin to Garland: A Musical Journey With Richard Glazier debuted in 2011 and was also presented by KVIE and distributed by APT.

DVDs and CDs of both programs above are available as thank you gifts when members make a pledge of support to WQED by calling 1-800-232-8813 or by going to wqed.org/support.

WQED Pittsburgh
has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves' Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Midsomer Murders, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, BBC World News, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and nationally distributed Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.

To schedule an interview with WQED or for questions regarding the release please contact:
George Hazimanolis – WQED Pittsburgh

Maria Pisano – WQED Pittsburgh

To schedule an interview with Richard Glazier or for questions regarding the program please contact:
Judy Twersky – Judy Twersky Public Relations, Inc.
718-263-6633 – Office
917-597-5384 – Cell

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