Star-Spangled 200, Inc. (SS200), Maryland Public Television (MPT) and dick clark productions (dcp) have announced legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery, and internationally acclaimed off-Broadway show STOMP will perform at the Star-Spangled Concert taking place at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 13th.
The stars will join Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; vocal sensations Pentatonix; and the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop. 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, followed by an encore telecast at 10 pm (Check local listings.) The live television event is a highlight of Star-Spangled Spectacular, a week long celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem.
The patriotic special will feature a diverse star-studded line up of entertainers paying 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 our national anthem.
Tickets for the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem can be purchased online, 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 pm, with onsite concert festivities scheduled to begin at 7 pm, including a special non-broadcast performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra prior to the live television broadcast.