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“From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts” airs Sept. 21 on PBS

Melissa Hayer Published: September 18, 2012
Jennifer Hudson performs during the "From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts" special. - Photo Courtesy of Getty Images
Jennifer Hudson performs during the "From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts" special. - Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

 

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts the PBS concert special “From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts,” airing at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 on OETA.

The special features performances by such artists as country superstars Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride; rock icon John Fogerty; singer-songwriter legend Carole King, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson; violinist Joshua Bell and Train lead singer Pat Monahan, according to a news release.

A variety of Broadway songs are presented by entertainers that include Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell; Laura Osnes; Cheyenne Jackson, Sherie Rene Scott, Montego Glover and Benjamin Walker.

Rob Mathes, a five-time Emmy nominee and producer/musical director for Sting, supervised the show’s performances.

15-time Emmy winner George Stevens Jr. served as producer for “From Dust To Dreams,” while four-time Emmy winner Michael Stevens served as director and producer for the special for The Stevens Company.

NOTE: This program is a gem and spotlights many impressive performances – it should not be missed by anyone who is a fan of music or even just simply good entertainment.

– Melissa Hayer

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