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JUN 18, 2013
Broadcast live on PBS, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country will hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality and Dancing With The Stars host, Tom Bergeron and will feature performances by: music legend Barry Manilow; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Candice Glover, the season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of AMERICAN IDOL); actor and singer Darren Criss (GLEE); Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (SMASH); 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 top pops conductor Jack Everly. The 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FORTH airs on PBS Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET 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. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.