Airs Wednesday, July 3 at 10:00 PM on WVIZ/PBS
ANTHEM tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. ANTHEM also reveals interesting facts about Key’s upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song. During the program, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John’s College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.