Jordin Sparks to Co-Host PBS's STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR This September
USA Today reports that American Idol champion Jordin Sparks (Broadway's In the Heights) will join acclaimed actor, musician and author John Lithgow to co-host Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem live from Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at 8 pm ET on September 13, 2014. (Check local listings.)The two-hour television event is a highlight of Star-Spangled Spectacular, a weeklong celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Also featured are performances by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth; celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; vocal sensations Pentatonix; legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; internationally acclaimed off-Broadway show STOMP; the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop; and more to be announced soon. 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 the national anthem.