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Star-Spangled Spectacular

Star-Spangled Spectacular (September 2014) was a celebration of the end of the War of 1812 and the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels came to Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor, and the culminating event of a star-studded concert at Pier Six Pavilion capped the festivities, including an immense fireworks display.

Watch related programs online:
Star-Spangled Spectacular:
The Bicentennial of our National Anthem
Performed at Pier Six Pavilion and aired live on MPT-HD • September 13, 2014

Featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Paulo Szot, Melissa Etheridge, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Train, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Hosted by John Lithgow, with co-host Jordin Sparks.

The National Anthem, performed by Jordin Sparks

The national anthem performed by Jordin Sparks, the Morgan State University Choir and the US Marine Band on the 200th anniversary of the writing of the anthem by Francis Scott Key at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, MD, with fireworks by Grucci. This performance was part of the Great Performances special: Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem.

Star-Spangled Spectacular: Baltimore Celebrates

Hosts Jason Newton and Mindy Basara in this live special discussed the excitement surrounding the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Yolanda Vazquez reported from the big concert at Pier Six, Jeff Salkin from Fort McHenry and Megan Pringle from Harborplace. Visit tall ships and Navy ships, see a Human Flag and learn more about the fireworks show.

F.S. Key and the Song That Built America

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. The film highlights Key's personal life, legal career and artistic development.