Little Big Town • Pentatonix • Smokey Robinson
Kenny Rogers • Jordin Sparks • Train
and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hosted by John Lithgow
Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, will be held at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on September 13 at 8pm. The event will be broadcast LIVE on MPT as part of THIRTEEN's Great Performances series on PBS, and is produced by Maryland Public Television, dick clark productions and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET with assistance from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and Star-Spangled 200, Inc.
Acclaimed actor, musician and author John Lithgow will host the patriotic program which is to feature performances by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth; Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge; celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; vocal sensations Pentatonix; legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers; multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; multi-platinum Grammy award-winning band Train; and the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop.
The patriotic special will pay tribute to our nation's ideals in a thrilling and inspiring concert at the Pier Six Pavilion. The Baltimore harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels will serve as a stunning backdrop. The program will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.
Two hundred years ago, Francis Scott Key, a Maryland-born attorney, was inspired to write the words to what would become the United States' national anthem. In 2012, Star-Spangled 200 and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission began a multi-year commemoration of this legacy which will culminate with Star-Spangled Spectacular, a weeklong festival taking place on September 10–16, 2014. Within this festival, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem will take place. The festival will include tall ships, Navy gray hulls, a performance by the Blue Angels, landside festivities, and this special television program to honor the national anthem.
Tickets for the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem are now on sale and can be purchased online at piersixpavilion.com, over the phone by calling 410-244-1131, or in person by visiting the Rams Head Live (Baltimore) or Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis) box offices. Doors will open at 5:00 pm, with onsite concert festivities scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm, including a special non-broadcast performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra prior to the live television broadcast.