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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna Co-Host Live From the U.S. Capitol
with General Colin Powell, Kris Allen, Dianne Wiest, B.B. King, Hayley Westenra, Daniel Rodriguez and
the National Symphony Orchestra

Live Sunday, May 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. WTVP 47.1

For more than two decades, PBSís NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT has led the nation in honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The multi award-winning event will be co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:NEW YORK) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteranís causes and supporting our troops in active service.

The all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists joining Sinise and Mantegna for the 22nd annual broadcast includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); American Idol winner Kris Allen; Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; King of the Blues B.B. King; classical superstar Hayley Westenra; and Americaís beloved tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the New York city policeman who united the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks. They will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional talent to be announced). Consistently one of the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade, THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT became the number four top-rated program in primetime and the number two top-rated musical performance special on PBS for the 2009-2010 season. The multi award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will air live in HD on WTVP 47.1 Sunday, May 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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. A taped encore will immediately follow the live broadcast.

The 2011 event will include:

  • The first national welcome home to our troops who have been serving in Iraq

  • The poignant story of a woman who lost her father in Vietnam and how her experiences are helping a new generation of children who have suffered the same loss after their parents served in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • A 10 year commemoration of September 11

  • A tribute to our World War II veterans 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor

The U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff will also participate in the event along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.





Production Credits

The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. For the 2011 event, executive producer Jerry Colbert and producer Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of televisionís most prestigious entertainment awards shows. The team includes: Emmy award-winning producer Walter C. Miller, Americaís leading director and producer of live programs including the GRAMMY AWARDS and COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS; award-winning director Paul Miller whose credits include THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE; and veteran television writer Joan Meyerson who was honored with distinguished Writerís Guild Awards for the 2010 and 2006 broadcasts of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.



The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT is made possible by grants from Disabled American Veterans and Golden Corral Restaurants, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, the National Endowment for the Arts, General Dynamics, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.





For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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