“When George Washington was leaving office to return to Mount Vernon, he asked that we look to each other and find what we share in common as opposed to what makes us different. That advice appears to be just as relevant today as it was more than 200 years ago” – David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-executive producer of tonight’s United in Song: Celebrating the Resiliency of America, a star-studded 90-minute event filmed recently before a socially distanced audience at that very same Mount Vernon.
The performers include Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Anna Deavere Smith, the American Pops Orchestra and – in segments filmed in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center — the National Symphony Orchestra.
United in Song: Celebrating the Resiliency of America debuts New Year’s Eve at 8 pm ET on PBS stations (but check local listings), and streaming on PBS.org or the PBS Video app.
Here’s a clip, with Brian Stokes Mitchell singing “Make Them Hear You” from Broadway’s Ragtime:
(Top photo: Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald at Mount Vernon. Source: PBS video)
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