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Ethan Bortnick Live In Concert: The Power Of Music
During Spring Festival
Find out how you can get the best seats in the house
when Ethan comes to Roanoke!
This captivating new music special features the amazing 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer Ethan Bortnick, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles!
Ethan performs with passion and heart – his fingers fly across the piano keys in “Minute Waltz,” and the audience rocks out to “Rock Around the Clock,” claps to the beat of “Lean On Me,” and participates in a very enthusiastic sing-along of “Crocodile Rock.” He’s joined by special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit, who add even more color to the musical rainbow on stage. You will get chills when you hear “The Earth Song,” and feel the power of music when Ethan performs an emotional and inspiring rendition of “We Are the World.” ,P.Beyond his gifts as a consummate musician, Ethan Bortnick is a driven humanitarian, too. This moving special highlights his belief that music has a higher purpose -- an ability to emotionally connect people, encourage them to help others, and ultimately, affect change in the world, as presented in his own eloquent composition “Anything is Possible.” Through his music, Ethan has already helped raise more than $30 million for children’s charities and other causes across the world.
Thursday, March 13 at 7pm
---During Spring Festival
Over three days in 1863, war-weary Union and Confederate soldiers met at a backwater Pennsylvania crossroads to decide the fate of the nation. Produced to commemorate its sesquicentennial, THE GETTYSBURG STORY tells the epic tale of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and the greatest man-made disaster in American history. Narrated by actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone, Gettysburg), the documentary recounts the pivotal events and intimate stories from the iconic Civil War battle immortalized in Lincoln's “Gettysburg Address.” Cutting-edge cinematography techniques reveal the grand scale of the 6,000-acre battlefield, including the legendary sites of Little Round Top, Devils Den, The Railroad Cut, Cemetery Ridge and the fields of Pickett's Charge.
Great Scenic Railway Journeys
Sunday, March 16 at 7pm ---During Spring Festival
Tune in for two episodes when the program’s producer joins us live in the studio!
Celebrating New Zealand Scenic Railways
New Zealand is roughly 1600 kilometers long and compares in size to Great Britain or Japan. It consists of two main islands, the north and south. Its geography varies from rugged mountain peaks and glaciers, to subtropical forests, and volcanic plateaus. The Pacific Ocean lies on its eastern shores and the Tasman Sea on the Western.
New Zealanders and visitors alike love the seclusion these islands offer. Even the major cities are non-crowded and serve as easy gateways to the natural beauty that surrounds them. The country’s vast network of railroads makes it easy for folks to connect - not only to its cities and towns - but also to all the natural wonders the country has to offer.
We begin our railway adventure on the north island, in the rural town of Glenbrook, which lies just south of Auckland. Here we’ll take a trip back in time on one of New Zealand's premier heritage trains, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. This line offers a true picture of what railroading was like 100 years ago in this country. From its historic steam engines and buildings, all the way down to the uniforms worn by the staff.
We’ll also travel throughout the country on New Zealand’s only main line passenger rail company, the Tranz Scenic. We’ll start with the Overlander at National Park and travel south to Wellington. From there we will take a ferry across the Cook Straits to Picton and pick up the Tranz Coastal for an unforgettable journey along the rugged and beautiful eastern coastline. Along the way we will stop in the small coastal town of Kaikoura and venture out on the Pacific Ocean to do some whale and dolphin watching. Once back on board we head to Christchurch to pick up the Tranz Alpine. Considered one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, this trip climbs into the Southern Alps and across the south island to Graymouth.
Our final stop on our rail adventure takes us to one of the country’s favorite vacation spots, Queenstown. Here we will climb on board New Zealand's most famous vintage steam train, the Kingston Flyer. After journeying through the spectacular scenery that surrounds the train, we’ll head out on Lake Wakatipu onboard the only coal fired passenger steam ship in the southern hemisphere, the Earnslaw.
This is just a taste of what you will experience as Great Scenic Railway Journeys explores New Zealand, where you can find some of the world's best railway adventures.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This historic train has been in continuous operation for 126 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Heartbeat of Home
During Spring Festival
This high-octane dance extravaganza blends the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa. With a world-class cast of 29 dancers and 10 musicians, the high-energy production employs cutting-edge projection technology to create a dream world of joyous, heart-stopping music and dance. The tantalizing musical tour de force was created by the producers and director of Riverdance, with original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor.
Masterpiece – Sneak Preview of Mr. Selfridge Season 2
During Spring Festival
Get an exciting taste of the new season of “Mr. Selfridge,” the series based on the life of department store impresario Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven). After a brief recap of the first season, this special offers a preview of the second season premiere: It is now 1914 – the store is celebrating its fifth anniversary – and the many characters whose lives revolve around Selfridges & Co. have moved into a new era.