Anthem – Thursday, July 4 at 7:00pm on WOSU TV

The year 2012 marked the anniversary of the beginning of two American wars, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 20oth anniversary of the War of 1812.  The Civil War gets a little more play, as expected, and special commemorative events are scheduled over the next two years.  However we shouldn’t forget the nation changing  events that happened during the War of 1812.  The White House was set on fire and Dolley Madison saved the portrait of George Washington, Andrew Jackson made a name for himself at the Battle of New Orleans and Francis Scott Key turned an English drinking song into our national anthem.

On this Fourth of July WOSU TV will air ANTHEM.  ANTHEM is a wonderful one hour documentary, produced by Maryland Public Broadcasting, telling the story behind Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  Most of us know the story of the song , penned by Key after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812.   In this program historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Francis Scott Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. ANTHEM also reveals interesting facts about Key’s upbringing and religious leanings.   Not to be missed in this special program is the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John’s College Chorus giving voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.  It’s a perfect way to celebrate America’s Independence Day!

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