A new star-studded concert, “United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream,” will air on New Years Eve, Friday, December 31, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET and again from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. PM ET on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
Filmed in front of an audience outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the concert will celebrate the American dream and America’s unstoppable strength, reminding viewers of the pursuit of unity in one America.
The concert will feature recording artists Delbert Anderson and David Archuleta; Latin pop singer Jencarlos Canela; Grammy-winning singer Judy Collins; multi-platinum R&B and pop artist Deborah Cox; Broadway artist Drew Gehling; Rising opera star Amber Merritt; the violinist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Midori; Sandi Patty, five-time Grammy Award winner; singer Cassadee Pope; guitarist Pepe Romero; Tony Award winners Lea Salonga and Paulo Szot; harpist Brandee Younger; and the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luc Frazier. It will be hosted by three-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera.
The program will also include a new performance commissioned by the Washington Ballet.
First opened in 1752 to house the Pennsylvania legislature, Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. Here, George Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in 1775; the Founding Fathers also debated and signed the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution here. Today, Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“The rich history that unfolded at Independence Hall reminds us of the challenges our country faced as a nation so young,” said David M. Rubinstein, co-executive producer of the concert, adding that he “celebrated the ever-present pursuit of the American dream and our collective hope for unity, here in America and beyond.
A similar concert, “Celebrating America’s Resilience” and filmed in Mount Vernon, Virginia and the Kennedy Center in Washington, aired on New Years Eve on PBS.