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John Williams To Debut New Version of National Anthem for 4th of July

Best known for movie scores including ‘Star Wars’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘Jaws’, American composer-conductor John Williams will debut a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons in Washington, D.C. tomorrow evening.

Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual “Capitol Fourth” celebration, but this year the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in a performance of his latest arrangement.

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, composed in September 1814 by Francis Scott Key as he watched the British seige of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry

“A Capitol Fourth” will be broadcast Friday at 8pm on PBS.

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