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John Williams will conduct a new version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
John Williams will conduct a new version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," turns 200 this year. In honor of this momentous bicentennial, film composer John Williams will conduct a new arrangement of the notoriously hard-to-sing song during the annual Fourth of July celebration on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Williams' arrangement is big, bold and, yes, cinematic. It features a patriotic combination of talent including the Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the National Symphony Orchestra and cannons.   The splashy show will be a departure from tradition. Usually a soloist performs the...

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