GREAT PERFORMANCES

Program Details
Air Time: 
09/14/2014 - 4:00am - 5:59am
Program Title: 
STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR: BICENTENNIAL OF OUR NAT
Program Service: 
EX
Program URL: 
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/
PSIP Description: 
A star-studded line-up of entertainers celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.
Long Description: 
The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." On the occasion of the anthem's 200th birthday, John Lithgow hosts a celebration of that event live from Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. Co-hosted by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, the special also features performances by actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge; mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; country group Little Big Town; a cappella group Pentatonix; singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; singer Kenny Rogers; rock band Train; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop. The Baltimore harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels, serves as a stunning backdrop. The patriotic special will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.