The 90-minute program is broadcast beginning at 8 PM ET; check local listings.
Scheduled to perform are "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips; Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who will offer the Oscar-nominated song “Rainbow Connection"; Frankie Valli; After Midnight's Patti LaBelle; concert and Broadway star Jordin Sparks; five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald; country music star Sara Evans; singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt; and five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara.
The National Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct his special new arrangement for orchestra and chorus of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The evening will also be broadcast to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network; the program can be heard live over NPR member stations nationwide.