John Tesh: Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano

John Tesh: Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

John Tesh

Credit: Connie Selleca

The beloved pianist, composer and Emmy Award-winning radio and TV host reminisces about his life and 25-year career.

Through music, pictures and hilarious anecdotes, John Tesh reveals how he got his first job in radio, the enduring impact of his Olympics theme song, and the story behind that infamous Red Rocks Live performance in the driving rain. Featuring appearances by John’s daughter Prima and son Gib, John also tells of his recent battle with cancer, and gives an inspiring meditation on persistence, grit, purpose and the importance of faith and family. John Tesh: Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano airs Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

John made his remarkable public television debut 25 years ago with the seminal concert Live at Red Rocks, a rain-soaked performance that changed the trajectory of his life forever.  Since then, he has sold eight million albums and earned six Emmy Awards, two Grammy nominations, three gold records and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2019. John Tesh: Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano, which was directed by John’s wife Connie Sellecca, is his seventh concert special on public television to date.

Seated at his grand piano, John recounts how he got his first job in radio and tells of the enduring impact of writing a theme for the Olympics. John also invites his daughter Prima, an accomplished dancer, to perform while he plays the piano, and challenges her to a battle between pianist and dancer. John’s son Gib also performs Leonard Cohen's dramatic ballad “Hallelujah,” which moves the audience to sing along. The special ends as John reads from his new memoir Relentless about the terminal diagnosis that nearly ended his life, and describes how his family and faith brought him healing.

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