Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra honor U.S. servicemen and women stationed around the world with
a joyous and festive musical concert from Washington, D.C.
and Harolyn Blackwell
Broadcast premiere: Tuesday, December 23, 2003 on PBS stations nationwide.
(Check local listings.)
The concert was taped before a live audience including servicemen and women and their families at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 11.
This one-hour gala concert features performances by renowned soprano Harolyn Blackwell, the Children’s Chorus of Washington, entertainer Jason Graae, pop and jazz singer Cyndi Lauper, country music star Kathy Mattea, tenor J. Mark McVey, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet and the U.S. Army Soldiers Chorus, and Kevin Glavin as Santa Claus.
The television broadcast includes holiday wishes from military families to their loved ones overseas. American Forces Network is to feed the show via closed circuit to U.S. military bases in 176 countries around the world, reaching 800,000 American servicemen and women. The military broadcast is scheduled for Christmas Day at 8:30 p.m.