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Friday, March 4th, 2014


The Entertainers


The Entertainers

Airs Monday, March 3rd at 8:30pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.

Take a joyful trip behind the scenes of the 35th Annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in The Entertainers. This romp of a performance documentary premieres Monday, March 3rd at 8:30pm on WTVP-HD 47.1 in partnership with our friends from WILL-TV.

For thirty-five years, piano players from across the world have strapped on their bow ties, arm garters, and straw boater hats and descended on Peoria, Illinois to battle for the title of World's Greatest Old-Time Piano Player. With humor, passion and an unsurpassed devotion to the old-time music—specifically Ragtime—these players compete to claim glory and to remind the world that Ragtime, the first truly American popular music, should not be forgotten just yet.

The film features a cast of true characters, all stellar musicians competing at the top of their game who approach the competition—and life—with purpose and style. Audiences will meet The Prodigy, The Spirit, The First Lady, The Innovator, The Showman and The “Perfessor” and be treated to plenty of music along the way.








For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program Director, at (309) 495-0591 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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