FRIDAY, MAY 28
Kelli O’Hara will kick off the 2010 National Memorial Day Concert, to be broadcast live on PBS stations nationwide May 30 from Washington, D.C.
Grammy Award winner Gary Sinise ("CSI: New York") and Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna (Glengarry Glen Ross, "Criminal Minds") co-host the annual concert. General Colin Powell is scheduled to appear.
In addition to O’Hara, an Oklahoma City University alumna and three-time Tony Award nominee, entertainers include Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, Dennis Haysbert, Yolanda Adams, Katherine Jenkins, Blythe Danner, and A.J. Cook. Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles performing are the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band, U.S. Army Chorale and U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters.
The 90-minute program, according to PBS, will focus on three main themes: "honoring the sacrifices, suffering and love of a new generation of young military widows whose fallen spouses served in Iraq and Afghanistan; paying tribute on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War to the heroic service of the soldiers who fought and perished; paying homage to the more than 125,000 WWI and WWII service members who did not come home but rest in 24 military cemeteries in the foreign lands where they fought for liberty."
For more information visit www.pbs.org.