Christopher Cross and Friends

Christopher Cross and Friends

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:30pm

Photo: Christopher Cross and his band

Credit: Gary Miller

Christopher Cross celebrates the smooth sounds of the multiple Grammy Award-winning artist with special guests and a few surprises. This 90-minute special includes Christopher’s biggest hits –“ Arthur’s Theme,” “ Ride Like the Wind,” “ Sailing,” “ Think of Laura,” and more – along with more recent material. Christopher Cross and Friends airs Sunday March 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Christopher’s friends for this special event include Mike Love (The Beach Boys) who performs “ Kokomo”  and “ Good Vibrations”  and Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) who joins Christopher for “ Ride Like the Wind,”  and his own hits “ What a Fool Believes”  and “ Takin’ It To The Streets.”  Guitar legend Eric Johnson is among the talented musical guests featured in this program.

Also adding their unique sounds to Christopher’s classic tunes are the twenty-piece Barton Strings orchestra, conducted by Austin Symphony Orchestra maestro Peter Bay, and the delightful Conspirare Youth Choir. Christopher Cross exploded onto the music scene in 1980 when his self-titled debut album went Platinum and took the four most prestigious awards for the first time in Grammy history –Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Sailing,” Album of the Year and Best New Artist.  The album also won a 5th Grammy for Best Arrangement. Christopher’s second album, Another Page (1983, Gold), included the hit songs "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," co-written with Burt Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager and Paul Allen and which received an Oscar, "All Right," "No Time for Talk," and "Think of Laura."  Christopher has recorded more than a dozen albums, and his compositions have appeared in numerous soundtracks, most recently for the series “30 Rock”  for which he wrote “ Lemon’s Theme.”

Proudly distributed by APT and taped in Austin, Texas, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, home of the PBS TV series Austin City Limits, the performance features a strong multimedia component that has become a core part of Christopher’s stage shows. The set features graphics and images projected on a huge screen behind the performers as they create beautiful interpretations of these classic hits.

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