Great Performances

Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial Of Our Nat

Season 40, Episode 2 of 12

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.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
9/14/2014
3 p.m.
9/20/2014
8 p.m.
7/5/2017
1 p.m.
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