Spectacular shows on PBS

As we’ve written here before, PBS Hawaii is a treasure that deserves your support.

Sunday night, we were once again treated to some spectacular shows as our local public broadcasters staged an in-house fundraiser.

The first program was a rebroadcast of “Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii” – the 1973 concert telecast from the Blaisdell Center. When it initially aired, it was billed as the first concert telecast via satellite around the world.

Elvis Presley was in wonderful form throughout, and Hawaii residents who participated in or saw the original concert shared their experiences Sunday night. Promoter Tom Moffatt recounted all his experiences dealing with the King of Rock ‘n Roll, including helping with the gigantic “Aloha” telecast.

Moffatt donated a life-sized cutout of Elvis to be auctioned off for PBS’ benefit.

Following the Presley concert, PBS presented another outstanding show, “Il Volo: We Are Love.” Il Volo is composed of three young Italian tenors – Piero Barone,

Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble – who combine their strong voices into everything from pop to “O Sole Mio.”

According to information on the Internet, the oldest member of Il Volo – Barone – was born in 1993. His partners, Boschetto and Ginoble, were born in 1994 and 1995, respectively.

They seem to be the natural heirs to the original Three Tenors – Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavorotti. With the oldest member of the trio being barely 20, they are sure to be around for decades, introducing audiences around the world to the wonder of operatic voices.

So, again, we’d urge you to back PBS Hawaii by going to its website, PBSHawaii.org, and clicking on the box “Support PBS Hawaii – Click Here to Pledge or Renew.”

P.S. – If you missed it Sunday, the Elvis concert will be repeated this Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS Hawaii. It will be the 36th anniversary of Elvis’ death.

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