NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., June 18, 2020—National Harbor, Washington Performing Arts, and The U.S. Air Force Band announced that they are partnering for a special online live streaming concert on July 4 at 4 p.m. EDT. World-renowned guest artists include violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Larisa Martinez, and bass Soloman Howard. The event will be hosted by Washington, D.C.’s own Aaron Gilchrist, morning anchor on NBC4. The live stream can be accessed nationalharbor.com/july4 on July 4.
“A Tribute to the American Spirit” will highlight the resilience of all Americans, honor veterans and celebrate Independence Day. “The United States Air Force Band is delighted to continue our civic partnership with Washington Performing Arts and National Harbor,” said Col. Don Schofield, commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band. “The world-renowned guest lineup, along with host Aaron Gilchrist, promise to ensure this will be an unforgettable event.”
Joshua Bell has spent more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director. He is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world. He continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
Soprano Larisa Martinez has been highly praised for her warm quality of voice and unique timbre. She has established a strong, distinctive presence in the classical performance world.
The winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award, Soloman Howard garners high praise for his vivid performances on the great opera and concert stages around the world. His voice has been described as “sonorous,” “superhuman,” and “a triumph.” Howard is a graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The United States Air Force Band was formed in 1941 and has since inspired billions of listeners through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings and continues to have a positive impact on the global community.
“We are honored to have this partnership,” said Kent Digby, executive vice president of National Harbor. “National Harbor has a long-standing history of supporting our U.S. military through hosting concerts, special military events and programs. The concert will include noteworthy selections from the guest artists as well as fun, patriotic favorites. The U.S. Air Force Band has something for everyone,” Digby added. “They are so talented that they manage to captivate their audience, no matter the age.”
Washington Performing Arts has a long history of collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Band on projects spanning numerous artistic genres and locations throughout the region. Jenny Bilfield, the non-profit organization’s president and CEO, said, “We are thrilled to partner with National Harbor and The United Sates Air Force Band and Colonel Schofield, as well as the three outstanding artists who have appeared on our stages in previous seasons. This July 4th live stream concert is both a celebration and a way of commemorating a holiday of significance to our country. We hope everyone will have a memorable musical experience that brings joy and hope to those tuning in from the safety of their homes.”
For many years, The U.S. Air Force Band has relied on music to help create bonds between the United States and the worldwide community. Music bridges language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences and is able to advance relationships and inspire positive and long-lasting impressions. The Airmen musicians are a reflection of the excellence carried out 24/7 by Airmen stationed around the globe.
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About National Harbor
Situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River and just minutes from the nation’s capital, National Harbor is a waterfront resort destination unlike any other. National Harbor is home to eight hotels including two of Maryland’s Four Diamond rated hotels—Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor. Also within National Harbor is Tanger Outlets’ 85 designer brands. The vibrant Waterfront District at National Harbor features boutique shops, restaurants and entertainment options along picturesque promenades as well as the iconic Capital Wheel, a 180-ft observation wheel and the Guide by Cell outdoor art gallery tour. National Harbor typically welcomes more than 12 million visitors a year. For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
About The United States Air Force Band
The U.S. Air Force Band is the Air Force’s premier musical organization. The excellence demonstrated by the Band’s Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. Since its formation in 1941, this world-class organization has inspired billions of listeners through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings and continues to positively impact the global community. For more information visit www.music.af.mil.
About Washington Performing Arts
One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts has more than a half-century history of serving artists, audiences, students and civic life. The city serves as the organization’s stage with venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks. Washington Performing Arts represents a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to include both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, gospel music, international genres, and dance. Achievements include having been recognized with a National Medal of Arts and two Mayor’s Arts Awards from the D.C. Government. For more information, visit www.washingtonperformingarts.org.
Contact: Vicki Bendure