Sarah Brightman's Dreamchaser Concert Will Air on PBS in August
By Andrew Gans
The latest concert special from singer Sarah Brightman, who created the role of Christine in the London and Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera, will air on PBS stations around the country in August.
Entitled Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert, the performance will begin airing on PBS Aug. 3; check local listings.
The television special, developed specifically for PBS, takes as its theme the futuristic space-vision of Brightman's Dreamchaser World Tour. The concert performance was recorded at Elstree Studios just outside London in front of an invited studio audience, featuring both new songs and well-known favorites.
The concert is based on Brightman's most recent recording, "Dreamchaser," which was released April 16. The track listing for the international recording star's latest CD follows:
In her new tour, Brightman plays over 40 cities, including a Sept. 21 performance at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. The tour, which also has stops in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts and more, will conclude Nov. 2 at the Theatre at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
The singing actress will be part of a future orbital spaceflight mission to the International Space Station. Brightman will be part of a three-person crew travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz rocket. Once on the ISS, according to an earlier press statement, Brightman "will orbit the Earth 16 times daily and intends to become the first professional musician to sing from space." The final scheduling of her trip to the space station will be determined in the coming months.
In conjunction with her role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace ambassador, Brightman sees life on board the space station – which requires the shared consumption of resources and a focus on sustainability – "as a model for how we might better inhabit our planet. During her estimated 10-day tenure on board the space station, Brightman will advocate for UNESCO’s mandate to promote peace and sustainable development to safeguard our planet’s future."
"I don't think of myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser," said Brightman in a previous statement. "I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on Earth and from space. I am determined that this journey can reach out to be a force for good, a catalyst for some of the dreams and aims of others that resonate with me."
The upcoming CD, "Dreamchaser," is a collection of songs that has been influenced by the feelings and challenges of her space adventure. She will also launch a concert tour that will visit five continents. Brightman will then embark upon six months of training in Russia ahead of her flight to the ISS.
"We are very enthusiastic to announce Sarah Brightman's desire to launch to space. I have deep admiration for Sarah, not only for her well deserved title of being the world's best-selling soprano, but for the young girl who was inspired by Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong to reach for her own star. We look forward to working with her to make her dream a reality," said Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., in a statement.
"I am pleased to announce that Sarah Brightman has been selected to participate in our spaceflight training program. This past July, Ms. Brightman completed and passed all of the required medical and physical evaluations; she's fit and mentally prepared for our spaceflight training program. We will work closely with Space Adventures in supporting Ms. Brightman's spaceflight candidacy," added Alexey Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs Department.
Brightman will share pictures and experiences via her website (www.sarahbrightman.com).
Sarah Brightman, who had a '70s dance hit on the British pop charts, caught the public's attention in Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit The Phantom of the Opera when she created the role of opera singer Christine Daae. She also appeared in Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love before launching an internationally successful concert and recording career. In fact, her duet with tenor Andrea Boccelli, "Time to Say Goodbye," was certified gold in the U.S. and was number one on the Billboard charts for over 30 weeks. Her other solo recordings include, among others, "Symphony," "Encore," "Classics," "Fly," "La Luna," "Timeless," "Eden," "Fly 2," "Dive," "As I Came of Age," "Songs That Got Away" and "Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber."
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