With over 2,000 airings of his Public Television Shows across the country, musician and philanthropist Ethan Bortnick is coming to West Point!

From singing and playing the piano to songwriting and starring in television specials and feature films, 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick does it all -with incredible talent, a captivating personality and a passion for bringing people joy. He'll share those amazing gifts with new audiences when he embarks upon a 50+-city US tour in September - including a Broadway- caliber performance in West Point on September 19 at 7:00 pm at the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center; hosted by Arts Alive, Inc. Ethan will also conduct a FREE informal program for students at 2:00 pm on September 19 at the auditorium. Students will learn how he prepares for a concert, how he got started, and how he composes music. He will also play music and take questions.

Packed with energy, excitement and entertainment, these family-friendly concerts feature Ethan and his band, a local choir and local guest artists. Crowd favorites range from The Beatles and Elton John to Motown and Michael Jackson, along with Chopin classical renditions, recent top hits, Broadway show tunes and original songs. While in West Point, he'll perform with the West Point High School chorus under the direction of Melody Raef, chorus teacher.

Recognized by Guinness World Records as "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his Own Concert Tour," Ethan embarked upon his musical career at an early age. He asked for his first piano lesson at age three, and by age five, was creating his own original compositions.

Since then, Ethan has performed at venues around the globe and appeared on numerous popular television shows and networks including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel and Oprah, where he was named one of "Oprah's All-Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids."

In 2010, Ethan was recognized as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning PBS concert special that aired more than 600 times on Public Television stations across the country. Three years later, he starred in Anything is Possible, a full-length feature film for which he also co-wrote all the songs and scored all the background music. Impressed by Ethan's incredible talent, Celine Dion has stated that she is amazed by his songwriting. Quincy Jones added, "Ethan's imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable."

Last year, Ethan created and hosted "The Power of Music"- a multiple award winning, critically acclaimed, nationally televised concert special that aired over 1,500 times on Public Television and continues to be the number one Concert Pledge Show since 2014. Billy Joel's Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work with Billy for over twenty years, is also Ethan's Musical Director and continues to guide Ethan in his musical journey.

Having graced the cover of Esquire magazine as one of the most influential people of the last 80 years, Ethan is excited about his upcoming nationwide tour and the opportunity to touch more people's lives. "Whether I perform at a small charity event or in a huge arena, I just love every moment of it," said Ethan. "When I see the audience enjoying the music, having fun, smiling and dancing, there's just nothing better than that!"

But performing is only part of what makes Ethan such a special young man. At age five, after his younger brother had gone through three heart surgeries, Ethan was inspired to use his musical talents to benefit charitable endeavors. To date, he has raised over $40 million for non-profit organizations around the world, sharing the stage with many legendary artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé and Josh Groban. He was also the youngest artist to participate in the star-studded line-up that recorded "We Are The World 25 for Haiti" in 2010.

As a globally acclaimed headline performer, television and film star, music composer and humanitarian, Ethan boasts a rare -and powerful -combination of talent, maturity and compassion for someone his age. There has never been anyone like him in modern music history.

To find out more about Ethan, watch his videos and get more details about his upcoming tour schedule, visit www.EthanBortnick.com.

Reserve your seats now for the free 2:00 student program by calling Arts Alive at 804-843-3475 or email artsaliveinc@yahoo.com. Tickets for his 7:00 performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and over), and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by phone, online, email or at the door. Group rates are available at $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit the Arts Alive website at www.artsaliveinc.org.

Prior to the performance, the Visual Arts Committee of Arts Alive will host an opening and book signing of the Invitational Art Show by Mary Montague Sikes at 6:00 pm. Since Sikes is an artist as well as a writer, she decided to create a show of artwork for Farrah, heroine of Evening of the Dragonfly, her latest novel. The one-person invitational exhibition starts on September 15 and continues until October 13 and will be displayed in the exhibit area of the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center adjacent to West Point High School on Thompson Avenue. It may be viewed during regular school hours by entering through the high school office. A portion of sales from the book, Evening of the Dragonfly, will go to Arts Alive.

Arts Alive programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as contributions from individuals and businesses. Arts Alive, Inc. would like to thank the governments of West Point, New Kent, King William, and King and Queen as well as the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation and the Robinson Family for their financial support.

Arts Alive, Inc.
P.O. Box 152
West Point, VA 23181
804-843-3475

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