P I A N O   3 0 0
Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Piano Grand!
A Smithsonian Celebration

Photo by Robert Smith
Host Billy Joel
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Dave Brubeck
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Eliane Elias
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Hyung-ki Joo
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Diana Krall
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Robert Levin
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Jerry Lee Lewis

A star-studded musical tribute to the piano's 300th anniversary celebrates the legacy, grandeur and showmanship of this stirring instrument. Hosted by "Piano Man" Billy Joel and taped before a live audience in Washington, D.C., this special rocks, rolls, soothes, grooves and mezmerizes audiences with its grand salute. The unprecedented line-up of classical, jazz and pop/rock pianists includes: Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Krall and her trio, Marcus Roberts, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Robert Levin, Eliane Elias and her Trio, Cyrus Chestnut, Hyung-ki Joo, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Slowik, and Charles Schulz' Beethoven-playing Schroeder.

Below is partial listing of PBS stations and broadcast times for Piano Grand! around the country. To check for broadcast in your area, please call your local PBS station.

Atlanta WPBA, Channel 30 Fri., 6/16 at 8:00 p.m.

Chicago WTTW, Channel 11 Wed., 7/5, at 9:00 p.m.

Detroit WTVS, Channel 56 Sun., 6/4 at 2:30 p.m.

Los Angeles KCET, Channel 28 Sun., 6/18 8:00 p.m.
 KCET, Channel 28 Sun., 6/25 at 5:30 p.m.

New York WLIW, Channel 21 Sun., 6/11, at 9:00 p.m.
Sat., 6/24, at 6:00 p.m.

Miami WPBT, Channel 2 Sun., 6/4, at 10:00 p.m.

Milwaukee WMVS and WMVT Sun., 6/4, at 5:30 p.m.

PhiladelphiaWHYY, Channel 12 Sun., 6/18 at 5:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh WQED, Channel 13 Wed., 5/31, at 9:00 p.m.

Portland, OR KOPB, Channel 10 Fri., 6/23, at 9:00 p.m.

St. Louis KETC, Channel 9 Sat., 6/3, at 5:00 p.m.

Tampa - St. Petersburg WEDU, Channel 3 Fri., 6/9 at 9:00 p.m.

Washington - Baltimore Maryland Public TV Thurs., 6/1 at 8:00 p.m.
 WETA, Channel 26 Sat., 6/10 at 9:00 p.m.


Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration is a co-production of Smithsonian Productions and Maryland Public Television. Photographs of artists taken by Robert Smith.

The Artists and the Music

Billy Joel Baby Grand
Jean-Yves Thibaudet and
Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra
Edward Grieg's Piano concerto in A Minor, 1st Movement
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Diana Krall Let's Fall in Love
Robert Levin, Kenneth Slowik
and Marilyn McDonald
Haydn's Piano Trio in C Major
Cyrus Chestnut Baroque Impressions
Robert Levin Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, 3rd Movement
Eliane Elias The Time is Now
Katia and Marielle Labeque Ravel's Mother Goose Suite
Eight Young Pianists Percy Grainger's Country Gardens
Billy Joel Piano Man
Katia and Marielle Labeque Leonard Bernstein's America
Marcus Roberts Medley of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Chopin's Etude in A flat, Aeolian
Dave Brubeck Thank you
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire
Hyung-ki Joo Billy Joel's Fantasy
Students and Artists Heart and Soul

Produced by:
logos for Smithsonian Productions, MPT and NHK Japan Program underwriting provided by:
• NAMM-International Music Products Association
• Piano Manufacturers Association International (PMAI)

Air travel is courtesy of USAirways.

Distributed by:

Photo credit: Robert Smith


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