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United In Song: Celebrating The Resilience Of America

Stream or tune in Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

International operatic superstar Denyce Graves performs with the American Pop...

Credit: Courtesy of Dan Chung, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Above: International operatic superstar Denyce Graves performs with the American Pops Orchestra.

The star-studded performance — filmed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts — encourages our nation to come together and celebrate our irrepressible strength as we welcome the New Year.

Despite the enormity of COVID-19 and the significant presence of social injustice, this special evening of wide-ranging music joins us in the ever-present pursuit of uniting as one America.

United In Song: Celebrating The Resilience Of America: Trailer

Join us for an evening of powerful performances to unite and celebrate our country, affirming our commitment to come together as Americans through the arts. Airing: 12/31/20

Filmed in front of a small, socially-distanced live audience and under strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures, “United In Song: Celebrating The Resilience Of America” features performances by:

Juanes - "Para Tu Amor"

Multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Juanes joins the American Pops Orchestra to perform his hit song, "Para Tu Amor." Airing: 12/31/20

  • Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton
  • Multi-Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell
  • World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming
  • Celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves
  • Multi Grammy- and Tony Award-nominated artist Josh Groban
  • Rising opera star Soloman Howard
  • Recording artist and Broadway star Morgan James
  • 26-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Juanes
  • Grammy Award-winning and world-renowned artist Patti LaBelle
  • Internationally celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma
  • Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald
  • Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell
  • Celebrated actor, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith
  • World-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • The American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Luke Frazier
  • Performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestra JoAnn Falletta, were filmed in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center and are also part of this special broadcast

Brian Stokes Mitchell - "Make Them Hear You"

Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the American Pops Orchestra to sing "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime. Airing: 12/31/20

In addition to the musical appearances, interviews with artists were conducted onsite at George Washington’s Mount Vernon by David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and host of “The David Rubenstein Show” on Bloomberg.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dan Chung, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform a duet with the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Luke S. Frazier.

“Music is a universal language and has the unique power of uniting us. I suspect the majority of us will be celebrating this New Year’s with an inability to gather in-person. Ringing in 2021 with music performed by world-class artists, provides an opportunity to celebrate what makes us American,” shared Mr. Rubenstein, co-executive producer. He added, “When George Washington was leaving office to return to Mount Vernon, he asked that we look to each other and find what we share in common as opposed to what makes us different. That advice appears to be just as relevant today as it was more than 200 years ago. I am sorry that George Washington was not here to greet these extraordinary artists, but I have no doubt that he was listening from above.”

Digital Extra: Morgan James - "Beautiful City"

Broadway and Recording Artist Morgan James joins the American Pops Orchestra to perform "Beautiful City" from Godspell. Airing: 12/31/20

Watch On Your Schedule:

The program will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.

Credits:

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