A Triumphant Fourth of July
Posted by djafan on Saturday, July 3, 2010
Filed by Bebereader and Abrra
“Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation. Sing to it, poets; shout to it, freemen; celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies.”
Daily Alta California, 4 July 1855
The 30th Annual broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth,” celebrating our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July, will have the honor of David Archuleta’s presence, as he performs “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Stand By Me.” This event will air live in High Definition TV at 8 PM EST on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
David said he has never sung before such a large live audience. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be in the audience for this event, with millions more at home. Our troops around the world will be able to witness this milestone occasion on the American Forces Network. It can also be heard live in stereo over national public radio stations across the country.
Being invited to perform at The White House for the Fourth of July is an honor David surely will never forget. To be asked to share the stage with seasoned entertainers like Gladys Knight and Reba McEntire indicates that David is respected as a serious artist who can deliver a solid performance. Darius Rucker and the National Symphony Orchestra are scheduled to perform as well. The event will end with the traditional 17-minute spectacular fireworks show over the Washington Monument set to Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”
Among the parade of superstars who have performed at this event in previous years include Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, the Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Huey Lewis and the News, Ray Charles, Faith Hill and Kenny G.
It comes as no surprise that David Archuleta is repeatedly asked to sing the National Anthem for major events. His humble, powerful style of singing this song makes it more special than most other renditions. We are never sure what he will do with it, but we know he will make it shine!