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PRESS RELEASE — Tuesday, March 10, 2009
For Information Call Karen Svea Johnson at 208-373-7369
or Anne Peterson at 208-373-7368

FESTIVAL 2009 Wraps Up with Donors’ Choice Programming

— Donors’ Choice selections air during prime time on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, on both regular and HD channels
— Annual on-air fundraising ends Sunday, March 15

Idaho Public Television members vote with their dollars, and the results are in: musical performance programs featuring the ensemble Celtic Woman and Idaho’s own Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia as well as MY MUSIC THE 70S EXPERIENCE will repeat on IdahoPTV’s main channel during the final two nights of FESTIVAL 2009, IdahoPTV’s largest on-air fund-raising effort (February 28 – March 15). The high-definition (HD) channel features other favorites from lifestyle guru Daniel Pink, musician Roy Orbison and friends, and travel expert Rick Steves.

On the main IdahoPTV channel, CELTIC WOMAN: THE GREATEST JOURNEY airs on Saturday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m. This is the essential collection of Celtic Woman’s most beloved and memorable songs. It gives new fans the chance to understand Celtic Woman’s success and old fans a chance to reminisce. The special is a collection of memorable highlights taken from their acclaimed PBS specials. Enjoy a blend of classics, contemporary hits and original music that takes full advantage of the group’s talents.

This event also gives viewers an opportunity to pledge their support and see Celtic Woman in concert when they come to Boise’s Morrison Center on May 13.

When the innovative, Idaho-based jazz ensemble Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia hit the stage at Boise’s historic Egyptian Theatre in January 2009, Idaho Public Television was there to record KEVIN KIRK & ONOMATOPOEIA IN CONCERT in front of a sold-out crowd.

Viewers have responded enthusiastically to the sneak peek offered during FESTIVAL 2009. Watch the repeat on Sunday, March 15, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT and see why Idaho Statesman music critic Michael Deeds said, “Having attended this show … I can vouch that this jazz-fusion event should be well worth watching.”

The final Donors’ Choice selection to air on IdahoPTV’s main channel is MY MUSIC: THE 70s EXPERIENCE (Sunday, March 15, at 9:00 p.m. MT/PT). This new production from the popular MY MUSIC series, hosted by Barry Williams (Greg Brady of "The Brady Bunch”), mixes 1970s soft rock, pop, soul and disco for the ultimate 70's party. It includes new and archival performances featuring some of the best-loved tunes from the 1970s.

The high-definition (HD) lineup airs Sunday, March 15, on the IdahoPTV-2 channel, where available. At 6:00/5:00 p.m. MT/PT, DANIEL PINK: LIVING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN asserts that tapping into your right-brain abilities can make you more effective in your career and in your relationships. He explains that after living through the agricultural, industrial and information ages, we have entered a new age where left-brain abilities are no longer as valued as creative, right-brain faculties.

At 7:30/6:30 p.m. MT/PT, travel back in time with ROY ORBISON AND FRIENDS, A BLACK AND WHITE NIGHT, a film capturing the 1987 performance at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in L.A. just about a year before the singer/songwriter’s death. An all-star lineup appears on stage with the still-active musical legend: T-Bone Burnett, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt and more. Even the audience is star-studded in this cool, black-and-white concert event.

FESTIVAL 2009 in HD closes with RICK STEVES’ ROMANTIC EUROPE at 9:00/8:00 p.m. MT/PT. This Northwest-based travel expert shows viewers Europe as few guides can: from the inside out, tucked away in less-seen corners and off the beaten path.

Another change to FESTIVAL 2009 programming moves the AMERICAN MASTERS special “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” to the Thursday, March 12, lineup at 9:30 p.m. MT/PT. A repeat of the GREAT PERFORMANCES concert special “The Police: Certifiable” had originally been scheduled for that time slot.

During FESTIVAL 2009, new members’ pledges are matched by a group of current IdahoPTV members and supporters, doubling their value. Online donations made at https://support.idahoptv.org/IPTVPledge.asp are being matched by a group of corporate supporters. Viewers can also make donations by calling a toll-free phone number: 1-800-980-4788.

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