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Celebrate Hanukkah
This Hanukkah celebration is produced by Craig Taubman (www.craignco.com) a long time producer of Jewish and Children's music. Craig's new show will take place on August 5,2008 in Los Angeles, with an all star cast including the Klezmatics, Dave Koz, legendary cantor Alberto Mizrah,Emmy Award winning and Academy nominated Mare Winnigham among the stars performing with Craig in a celebration of music for the season and for all. Gustavo Sagastume executive producer, VCI will produce and direct the show.


Peter Cetera and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Hot Ice, Cool Sounds

VCI joins Steve Disson as show co-producer and also tv producer and director for this live show on October 18, 2008, at the Chevrolet Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Featuring ex-Olympic figure skaters doing routines to the music of Chicago and holiday favorites. Show will air on NBC on Christmas Day, between 3-5pm.
Read the latest PRESS RELEASE for this event.

For a preview of the show on December 25th at 3pm on NBC, see the Cleveland Rocks video  (wmv 7.5m)


Marina and the West Point Band and Cadet Glee Club
Unity Through Diversity

VCI will produce and direct this special at West Point on September 25th. Marina is an award winning classical pianist and composer from Yugoslavia who gained European fame with her dramatic music and performances. Over 300,000 fans attended her last European concert tour. She has come to the US and teamed up with the finest orchestral brass band and chorus in a selection of patriotic and original songs that combine classical techniques with symphonic brass and voice.
Get more information here.


Pavlo Mediterranean Nights
VCI co produced and directed this PBS special, introducing "the Yanni of Guitar" Greek Canadian guitar virtuoso Pavlo to the American audience. Pavlo has created and composed a distinctive and unique brand of music that can best be called "Mediterranean", blending six different guitars with percussion, keyboards amd many world instruments. This show included tango, belly and flamenco dancers, an exciting combination that is a visual as well as an listening delight. Go to pavlo.net for more information.


The Craft
Miller Genuine Draft and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are collaborating to produce a Rock Hall DVD, which will also be available on the web, through a new MGD program called "The Craft," where musical artists sit down for an in depth one on one interview and a moderated live performance. The Rock Hall has hired VCI as the production company, working with TVLD for lighting and audio, Scenic Design for the set design and Classic Video in Cleveland for the Post Production. "The Craft" will focus on the passion and creative process that contributes to the creation of truly memorable music.


Sebastian Sidi Live at OC Pavilion
VCI produced and directed this hot new instrumental rock show with new performer Sebastian Sidi. A lengend in Southern California, Sebastian came from Uruguay and has composed and arranged all his music. Aired on KOCE. Check sebastiansidi.com for more information.



Live Earth Shanghai
VCI produced and directed Live Earth Shanghai on July 2, 2007, as part of the Kevin Wall live worldwide Live Earth television special. VCI also secured the site beneath the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai for this production with partner Benjamine Chen, C & Media. Sarah Brightman headlined a cast of international performers in a 3 hour live concert. See www.liveearth.org for details of this successful event, that alerted the world to the need to be green and raised over $60 million dollars.


12 GIRLS BAND PBS SPECIAL12 Girls Band Shanghai
VCI directed and co-produced the Twelve Girls Band PBS music special in November, 2006. The show will air March 2007 on PBS. The classical-meets-pop group Twelve Girls Band, which uses traditional Chinese instruments to perform classical, pop, jazz and folk songs, gave an outdoor performance on the plaza of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

"The band, established in 2001, is very Chinese and at the same time very international," said Gustavo Sagastume, vice president of programming for PBS. "There is no better means than music, which traverses cultural barriers and goes straight to the heart of people."

Director George Veras said, "This was a unique collaboration with Shanghai TV and PBS. The TV crew, lighting and set design facilities were all provided by the Chinese. The show was filmed outdoors beneath the Oriental Pearl Tower, the third tallest TV tower in the world and the stage backdrop was the spectacular city skyline of Shanghai, giving the show a big and special feel that is sure to best present the unique musical sound of the 12 Girls Band."

Music was arranged by three time Grammy nominee Bob Belden and show lighting was designed and produced by two-time Emmy nominee Dan McKendrick, President of TVLD (www.tvld.com).


Yanni Live - PBS Special August 2006
VCI is the producer and co-director for the first ever Yanni HD television special that will air on PBS stations in August 2006. Filmed at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas wtih 15 cameras, including the Super Bowl Fly Camera used for the first time at a music concert, this is the first televised Yanni show since Yanni Live at Royal Albert Hall and marks the fourth Yanni TV special that VCI has produced and directed since Yanni Live at the Acropolis in l994.


A Houston SaluteSUPER BOWL XXXVIII - A Houston Salute
This will be the first-ever opening ceremony celebration. Jim Nantz, along with honorary chairman, President H.W. Bush and Houston's sports legends will welcome the NFL and the two Super Bowl teams to Houston. To add to the grandeur of the evening, internationally acclaimed musician and composer Yanni will perform selections in a multimedia tribute to the NFL, the teams and sports legends.

Proceeds from "A Houston Salute" will help the Houston Super Bowl Committee establish a Youth Education Town (YET). The YET Center will serve underprivileged and at-risk youth. Read more about "A Houston Salute".


Cleveland BrownsCLEVELAND BROWNS
Veras was hired by the Cleveland Browns in 2004 to produce a two hour live music special for television, the Cleveland Browns 1964 Championship Show. VCI hired the Cleveland Pops Orchestra to perform the music of NFL Films, hired hosts Steve Sabol and Roy Firestone, wrote, produced and directed the show, even designing the championship trophy that now resides in the lobby of the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. VCI was hired that season to direct the Scoreboard for all home games. VCI was then hired as the Vice President of Broadcasting and Production in 2005, responsible for all tv production of Browns pre season games, website shows and local television shows and was responsible for the procuring of a new Stadium sound system and video ribbon board. VCI left the Browns in 2007.


60's Pop Rock Reunion
60s Pop Rock Reunion VIDEO PREVIEW VCI and EaglevisionTV will produce and direct this event for a national PBS special in March 2004, in HDTV with partner HDNet, as well as standard format The event will take place on August 12th in Cleveland at Music Hall. Seven bands will perform together for the first time ever, including Tommy James and the Shondells, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Chad and Jeremy, Rob Grill and the Grassroots among others. Distribution handled by TIME LIFE.
See the preview clip
Read a review
See PBS air schedule (PDF 12k)
Read the ADVOCATE article


RISE UP AND SHINE Rise Up and Shine - A Black Choral Experience
Over 200 voices from four of the nation's leading black colleges are joined by singing sensational Howard Hewitt and host Tony Brown (PBS' Black Journal) in a sixty singing history of black music. This journey takes us from the music on the slave ships to the prayerful roots of gospel and onto the blues of jazz of the South and the North. Taped at the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas on March 2002 by 9-time Emmy winner producer-director George Veras, Set Designer Ron Baldwin, Lighting Director Dan McKendrick( DooWop 50) and Audio Engineers Paul Whitehead and Bob Wright. Executive Producer Bob Bailey, Senior Producers David Dinkins, Jr and Kathy Kidd. Show home video and DVD available for purchase.


RAY CHARLES PBS MUSIC SPECIAL Ray Charles - The Last Show
VCI produced and directed a Ray Charles music special for New Jersey Network (NJN) at the War Memorial Arena in Trenton, NJ on November 7th. Ray Charles played Sadie's Tune, Being Green, It Hurts To Be In Love, Georgia, Almost Like Being In Love, Hey Girl, Scotia, Song For You. The Raylettes sang Chain Of Fools, Guess Who I Saw Today, Hit The Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You and What'd You Say. They were accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra led by Victor Vanacore. The show aired as part of a three hour pledge special on December 7th.   Read More! Nominated for 2003 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Outstanding Entertainment Broadcast as Director.


YanniYanni Live at Royal Albert Hall
PBS in December, 2002
Returning to PBS for the first time in five years, VCI produced this jewel-like special after Yanni's European tour. The show features three new songs (Desire, Love for Life, Dance with a Stranger). VCI directed and produced two new Yanni music videos for the songs "To Take..To Hold" and "Enchantment". Included in the music videos, shot and co-directed by Emmy award winning cinematographer Peter Franchella, is never before seen footage of Yanni at home in Kalamata, Greece with his parents and beautiful aerials of Greece from the stunning WLIW production of "Visions of Greece" The show will be aired nationally on PBS in December and Yanni will appear live in the studio in eleven cities. Look for more updates at www.yanni.com.


WORLD MILLENNIUM CONCERT2000 Millenium Show - East Meets West
VCI produced and directed this musical marathon in Bombay, India, January 2000...Performances by Vengaboys, Right Said Fred, Bjorn Again, 911, and an all star Indian lineup, including Madhuri Dixit, internationally renowned violinist Dr. L. Subramanhiam, Shubha Mudgal, and Jatin Lalit..Aired on STAR TV and available for worldwide TV rights.


NANA MOUSKOURI: CONCERT FOR PEACENana Mouskouri Concert for Peace
World renowned singer's American TV special debut..The backdrop for her medley of international hits was the world's second largest indoor cathedral, St. John's the Divine, for a command performance for the Patriarch Bartholomew..Songs include Love Changes Everything, Return to Love, I Don't Want to Say Goodbye, Ave Marie, Amazing Grace, Song for Liberty. Aired nationally August 1998 and was one of the highest pledge specials for that month. Co-produced with WLIW-TV, New York


There Is Love (Noel Paul Stookey)Let Their Be Love (Noel "Paul" Stookey)
This concert, taped last February, will be part of the PBS December pledge drive and has been picked up by over 150 stations. For more information and to hear the show visit WPBT Channel 2. "There Is Love" is a 60 minute holiday music special that celebrates faith through contemporary songs. The music is performed by folk legend Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary and longtime collaborator and accomplished singer/songwriter Michael Kelly Blanchard. Through original compositions and the warmth of an acoustic folk-style performance, Stookey and Blanchard explore poignant human moments of Divine connection to everyday life, through their richly crafted songs in a unique inner-faith setting. The backdrop of the historic First Congregational Church of Southington, Connecticut and its faith-community involvement serves as a perfect setting for the program.


Yanni TributeYanni - Tribute
VCI produced and directed these historic shows at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. Both telecasts were live and broadcast to over 100 million viewers. Shows were then edited together and aired nationally on PBS on December 2, 1997. Negotiated a three year deal with PBS and responsible for all worldwide television deals.


YanniYanni Live at the Acropolis
Produced and directed by VCI, this 1994 television special. Raised $13 million for PBS, 3rd highest in history. Sold more than 750,000 home videos. Sold more than 7 million albums. Negotiated 3-year TV deal with PBS. Responsible for international TV sales and distribution to 65 countries. Co-promoted Australia and South Korea concert tours in 1995.


PLUS...
  • Music of Champions
  • DooWop50
  • Ricky Martin Live in India
  • Richard Claydermann
  • Robert Bonfiglio

    
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