WCNY to air ‘A Capitol Fourth’ live at 8, 9:30 p.m. July 4

America’s favorite Independence Day celebration, “A Capitol Fourth,” will feature performances from some of the country’s best-known musical artists, topped off by a display of fireworks. It airs at 8 and 9:30 p.m. July 4 on WCNY channel 24.1.

“A Capitol Fourth” welcomes back two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron, who will host the concert. Barry Manilow will lead an all-star cast that includes Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of “American Idol,” country music artist Scotty McCeery, actor and singer Darren Criss of “Glee”, musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho, Broadway and television star Megan Hilty of “Smash”, Broadway’s new hit “Motown The Musical” and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster “Lincoln,” with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

In celebration of America’s 237th birthday, the show will be capped off with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now a tradition.

Also participating in the event will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying state and territorial flags, and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
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