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Tommy Emmanuel specials "Center Stage," "Music Gone Public" to air on AETN

Posted 17 Nov 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will air two specials featuring acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, "Center Stage" and "Music Gone Public," as part of special November programming.

Airing Thursday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m., "Tommy Emmanuel - Center Stage" was captured live from The Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. The one-hour special features fan-favorites such as "Nine Pound Hammer" and Emmanuel’s "Beatles Medley."

"Music Gone Public: Tommy Emmanuel" will air Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., and showcases full performances from Emmanuel and highlights of the best footage from his previous PBS specials, including "Center Stage," "Live From the Balboa Theatre" and "Live & Solo in Pensacola." Also featured are never-before-seen performances, collaborations, and interviews with Emmanuel and others.

"Tommy Emmanuel - Center Stage" will repeat Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m. "Music Gone Public: Tommy Emmanuel" will repeat Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m.

Considered one of the finest acoustic guitar players in the world, Australia native Emmanuel is a two-time Grammy Award nominee, has earned four Platinum and Gold albums, and was named CMA Global Country Artist of the Year in 2011. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with many of the finest musicians throughout the world.

Emmanuel's unique style, dubbed simply "finger style," is akin to playing guitar in a manner similar to how a pianist plays piano, using all 10 fingers. Rather than using a full band for melody, rhythm, bass and drum pieces, Emmanuel plays every part on one guitar.

The AETN Foundation is the exclusive ticket outlet for "Tommy Emmanuel CGP - Classics & Christmas Tour Featuring Pat Bergeson, John Knowles CGP and Annie Sellick" at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis for a donation of $50 for floor seating or $30 for balcony seating. Additional information and ticket reservations are available by visiting aetnfoundation.org/boxoffice or calling 1-800-662-2386.

This concert is a fundraiser for the AETN Foundation, and all proceeds will support programming on AETN, Arkansas's PBS affiliate and only statewide public service media network.

The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN's mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).