Star-Spangled 200, Inc. (SS200), Maryland Public Television (MPT) and dick clark productions (dcp)have announced additional talent for the Star-Spangled Concert. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, and multi-platinum Grammy award-winning band Train will perform at the Star-Spangled Concert taking place at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Sparks will co-host and actor, musician, and author John Lithgow will host Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem. The two-hour concert special will broadcast LIVE as part of THIRTEEN’S Great Performances series on PBS at 8 PM ET. The live television event is a highlight of Star-Spangled Spectacular, a weeklong celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem.
The stars will join legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; internationally acclaimed off-Broadway show STOMP; vocal sensations Pentatonix; and the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop.
This diverse star-studded line up of entertainers will pay tribute to our nation 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 patriotic special will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.
Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem is a production of 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. andwill be executive produced by David Horn, Great Performances; Assaf Blecher, Vice President of Programming and Development, dick clark productions; and Steven J. Schupak, Maryland Public Television. The television show will be directed and executive produced by veteran award-winning producer Paul Miller.
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 our national anthem.
Tickets for the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem can be purchased online at www.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.