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Capitol Fourth Previous Broadcasts

Episode #2014H

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

2-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol to host the 34th annual broadcast of the country's national Independence Day celebration. Joining America's favorite host will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli.
The duo will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of unrivaled musical performances by our nation's biggest stars, including: Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti LaBelle, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, 5-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, Country music superstar Sara Evans, Singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, 5-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, 5-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special new arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner" with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the US Army Herald Trumpets. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, including the US Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during this top-rated extravaganza. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the US Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition. The program airs 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.

Episode #2013H

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

A Capital Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron to host America's national Independence Day celebration live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Bergeron leads an all-star cast during the top-rated musical and fireworks extravaganza that has become America's favorite birthday party. This concert will bring together stars like Barry Manilow, American Idol winner Candice Glover, Darren Criss, Scotty McCreery, Jackie Evancho, Motown the Musical, Megan Hilty, John Williams, and of course the National Symphony Orchestra. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Episode #2014H

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

2-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol to host the 34th annual broadcast of the country's national Independence Day celebration. Joining America's favorite host will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli.
The duo will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of unrivaled musical performances by our nation's biggest stars, including: Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti LaBelle, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, 5-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, Country music superstar Sara Evans, Singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, 5-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, 5-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special new arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner" with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the US Army Herald Trumpets. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, including the US Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during this top-rated extravaganza. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the US Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition. The program airs 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.

Episode #2013H

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 6:00 PM

A Capital Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron to host America's national Independence Day celebration live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Bergeron leads an all-star cast during the top-rated musical and fireworks extravaganza that has become America's favorite birthday party. This concert will bring together stars like Barry Manilow, American Idol winner Candice Glover, Darren Criss, Scotty McCreery, Jackie Evancho, Motown the Musical, Megan Hilty, John Williams, and of course the National Symphony Orchestra. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Episode #2014H

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

2-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol to host the 34th annual broadcast of the country's national Independence Day celebration. Joining America's favorite host will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli.
The duo will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of unrivaled musical performances by our nation's biggest stars, including: Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti LaBelle, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, 5-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, Country music superstar Sara Evans, Singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, 5-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, 5-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special new arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner" with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the US Army Herald Trumpets. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, including the US Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during this top-rated extravaganza. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the US Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition. The program airs 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 9:30 PM

Episode #2013H

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 1:00 PM

A Capital Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron to host America's national Independence Day celebration live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Bergeron leads an all-star cast during the top-rated musical and fireworks extravaganza that has become America's favorite birthday party. This concert will bring together stars like Barry Manilow, American Idol winner Candice Glover, Darren Criss, Scotty McCreery, Jackie Evancho, Motown the Musical, Megan Hilty, John Williams, and of course the National Symphony Orchestra. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

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