News

John Williams to debut new version of U.S. anthem

John Williams to debut new version of U.S. anthem

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER:This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. It was in September 1814 when Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore's Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British bombardment. Photo: clipart.com

BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — American composer and conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.

Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual “Capitol Fourth” celebration in Washington.

But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. It was in September 1814 when Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British bombardment.

“A Capitol Fourth” will be broadcast Friday at 8 p.m. on PBS and NPR.

Recent News

in Entertainment

Jeff Bridges hopes his new album puts fans to sleep

Fresh
jeffbridges

"The Big Lebowski" star has released "Sleeping Tapes," a project full of spoken word pieces and meditation mantras.

in Music

ZZ Top and Weezer team up for ‘Wee-Z Top’ show

Fresh
weezer

The odd union will be showcased on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show next month.

in Music, Entertainment

Katy Perry promises lions, sharks, and some singing at Super Bowl halftime

Fresh
katyperry

An unnamed "old school" female singer will show up as a surprise performer in addition to Perry and rocker Lenny Kravitz.

in Entertainment

Disney to introduce first Latina princess

aimee

Princess Elena of Avalor will be brought to life in an upcoming episode of "Sofia the First."

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Babies going through tunnels

11-overlay6

You have to see these kids react to the magic of underground transportation.