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Sunday, September 14, 2014
3:00 AM
Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem
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.