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Great Performances: Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends

Airs Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of David Foster

Above: Promotional photo of David Foster. Foster — who has been nominated for an unprecedented 45 Grammy awards, won two Emmys and was an Oscar nominee — has discovered and nurtured the careers of megastars such as Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. He has well as created chart-topping hits for legends Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire and Chaka Khan.

As a prolific songwriter, producer, and maestro to the stars, David Foster has generated some of the world's best known popular music, and collaborated with a veritable "Who's Who" of superstars in a career spanning more than three decades.

Recorded in October 2010 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay arena, this follow-up concert to "Hitman: David Foster & Friends" is an all-star celebration featuring even more chart-topping stars and music from the 14-time Grammy Award-winner's extensive career catalog, with performances by All-4-One, Michael Bolton, The Canadian Tenors, Charice, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire, "America's Got Talent" sensation Jackie Evancho, Lara Fabian, Ne-Yo, Robert Randolph, Martina McBride, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Seal, Ruben Studdard, Donna Summer and "Dreamweaver" Gary Wright.

The evening offers a succession of showstopping solos, from both veteran performers and newcomers, the latter category represented in spectacular fashion by 10-year-old phenomenon Jackie Evancho’s renditions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” and “Glee” star Charice’s soulful “All By Myself.”

But the concert is also thrilling for its striking duets: Bolton and Seal’s bluesy mash-up of “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “It’s a Man World”; Natalie Cole and Ruben Studdard’s nostalgic “When I Fall in Love”; Lara Fabian and Bolton’s fervent “The Prayer”; and Donna Summer and Seal’s powerhouse medley of “Unbreak My Heart,” “Crazy,” and “On the Radio.”

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Trailer: Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends

"Hitman Returns" was filmed before a sold out crowd in 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The lineup of talent lead by Foster as maestro of ceremonies includes performances by Seal, Donna Summer, Martina McBride, Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, All-4-One,"Glee" star Charice, Chaka Khan, Jackie Evancho, Lara Fabian and other artists whose careers have been touched by Foster, a 15-time Grammy winning producer and songwriter.

Hitman Returns: "Earth Song" (Ne-Yo/Charice/Robert Randolph)

"Hitman Returns" was filmed before a sold out crowd in 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In this clip, Ne-Yo, Charice and Robert Randolph perform "Earth Song."

Hitman Returns: "This Will Be" (Natalie Cole)

"Hitman Returns" was filmed before a sold out crowd in 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In this clip from the show, Natalie Cole sings "This Will Be."

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