In HIGHLAND HEARTBEAT centuries-old tradition meets modern music to capture the heart and soul of Scotland in song. Singer/actress Fiona Kennedy, a member of Scotland’s leading theatrical family and well–known in North America as the host of “Tartan TV,” leads a group of singers brought together from a country-wide audition to represent a range of musical styles. Backed by the Scottish Festival Orchestra, singers Jim Malcolm, Jillian Isbister, Maureen McMullan, Daisy Chute and Darren Maclean join Fiona in a concert that spans genres and generations: from traditional Scottish compositions like “Loch Lomond” and “Auld Lang Syne” to pop hits originally sung by Carly Simon, Bette Midler and Simon and Garfunkel that infuse Scottish cultural significance to the familiar lyrics. Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox (“The Bourne Supremacy”) reads the works of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, with stunning footage of Scotland interspersed between songs. The concert was shot in high definition at the historic Theatre Royal in Glasgow in August 2008. HIGHLAND HEARTBEAT premieres nationwide beginning February 28, 2009 on PBS (check local listings).
Produced by Kennedy Productions Company Limited. Presented nationally by WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG. Underwriters: VisitScotland, Saint Andrews Society of New York, Meredith Portfolio Management, Scottish Heritage Society, Public Television Viewers and PBS.