EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS PRESENTS PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH
Eight, Arizona PBS to air live: America’s Independence Day Celebration
“What better place, really, to celebrate our nation’s birthday than our nation’s capitol?” says Bergeron. “It’s a great honor to celebrate our birthday collectively - everybody together - on live TV, which I love - and on PBS, which I love. So, you put that all together. It’s a win-win.”
The program will feature music legend Barry Manilow, back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009. Manilow will lead an all-star cast, including Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of American Idol, country music artist and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, actor and singer Darren Criss (Glee), musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho, Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (Smash), Broadway’s new hit Motown The Musical, and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster Lincoln, with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
"I, like so many other Americans, felt helpless during the recent attacks in Boston and wanted to reach out and not only help those people affected in a direct way but to lift their spirits as well and let them know they were not alone; that the entire American community felt a close kinship with them," shared Diamond. "I was inspired to devote myself to the creation of a new song which expressed my love for this country and its two greatest assets: the spirit of its people and the freedoms it has afforded us all by law."
The broadcast is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of the Army, PBS and public television viewers nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.
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