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A Capitol Fourth Celebration

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 17, 2015 11:39 AM
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Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, A CAPITOL FOURTH will kick off the country's 239th birthday on WITF with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.  Music legend Barry Manilow will headline the gala anniversary celebration, opening and closing the concert broadcast with a special patriotic medley.  Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the star spangled party will also feature performances by: the most successful country music group of all time, Alabama; Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, with over 70 million album sales, Nicole Scherzinger; five-time Grammy nominee, CMA Award winner and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes; vocal powerhouse Meghan Linsey (THE VOICE); Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling band, fronted by the Founder of the Dance Revolution, KC and the Sunshine Band; world renowned piano virtuoso Lang Lang; and inspirational classical cross-over global star and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  In celebration of American icon Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, the award-winning star of film, television and the concert stage Robert Davi will pay tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes.  

The 35th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on WITF Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 8:00 to 9:30pm before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program will be heard live in stereo over WITF 89.5 & 93.3 at 8:00pm as well. 

The top-rated, award-winning extravaganza features twenty cameras positioned around the city, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument.  Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition. 

Also participating in the event will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C. 

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