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YANNI: A LIVING LEGACY
MARCH 9 AT 7 PM
EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS

A Musical Journey From Past to Present

A true global ambassador for peace, good will, and understanding, Yanni is one of the most recognizable composer/performers of our time.   His is, without a doubt, a musical phenomenon — a rare artist whose music defies borders and boundaries and speaks to people of all races and all nations. Yanni: A Living Legacy airs on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.

Yanni: A Living Legacy takes viewers on a narrated musical journey from past to present performances.   Interviewed in the composer's studio, Yanni reflects on the extraordinary moments in his career to give his audience a candid look at the performances that made him famous.   This special event features his 1993 Live at the Acropolis concert in the 2000 year-old Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, still considered one of the top PBS fundraisers of all time.   Also featured are the history-making appearances at the Taj Mahal and the Forbidden City, and Yanni shares his experience as the first Westerner allowed to perform at these venerable monuments.   Other performances include the Royal Albert Hall in London, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and The Forum at Mundo Imperial in Acapulco.

Yanni: A Living Legacy features these songs:

  •   “Desire”
  •   “Keys To Imagination”
  •   “Aria”
  •   “Felitsa”
  •   “Within Attraction”
  •   “Prelude”
  •   “Deliverance”
  •   “Nightingale”
  •   “Santorini”
  •   “The Storm”

Yanni has accumulated more than 35 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totaling more than 20 million copies, including the double-platinum 1997 Tribute album, which sold more than a million albums within six weeks of its release, and his 1994 Live at the Acropolis album, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide (five million in North America).   He earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album Dare to Dream and the 1993 follow-up In My Time .

The Tribute DVD debuted at #2 on the Music Video charts and earned double-platinum status, while the Live At The Acropolis DVD is six-times platinum, the second-best music video of all time.   More than half a billion people around the world have seen his TV specials.

Yanni has performed live for over two million people in more than 20 countries around the world.   His North American concerts tours in 1995, 1998 and 2003-2005 each finished in the Top 10 concert tours of the year, as ranked by Performance Magazine and Pollstar , as well as selling out 10 consecutive shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Currently embarking on a sold out South American tour while putting the finishing touches on two new CDs with a North American tour planned for 2011, this prolific composer/performer has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.