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White House Hosts PBS Concert for the Troops to Air 11/7

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WILLIE NELSON, MARY J. BLIGE, JOHN FOGERTY, COMMON, ROMEO SANTOS AND MORE 
HEADLINE PBS MUSIC SPECIAL AT THE WHITE HO– — USE
TO CELEBRATE THE U.S. MILITARY COMMUNITY
— Latest From WETA’s Emmy Award-Nominated “In Performance at the White House” Series
Also Features Active Duty Military Members and A Special USO Performance by Daughtry from their USO Tour to Japan,
Airing November 7 as Part of PBS Arts Fall Festival on PBS Stations Nationwide —

“A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in advance of Veterans Day and as part of The White House “Joining Forces” initiative, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. The concert, which will have a live audience that will include hundreds of members of the military, will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. Don Was will be the music director. The production is also working with the USO, for a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia — both to be included in the White House concert and the broadcast. (Program subject to change.)

The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-third production in the series’ thirty-six years. The sixty-minute television special is produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures and The GRAMMY Museum. “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” will premiere Friday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.)  The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

The broadcast has been made possible by a special collaboration with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and USO, Inc. A joint sponsorship by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin provides major corporate funding for this event. Additional funders include the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, The Annenberg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

“WETA is pleased to join the White House in celebrating the U.S. military community, who serve our country with tremendous dedication and service,” stated Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA. “Through the ‘In Performance at the White House’ series, public broadcasting and WETA continue to preserve and honor the history of our country, which music captures so beautifully, and bring it to the national stage.”

“Public media is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans, who have given so much to our country. We are proud to mark Veterans Day and celebrate the military community with this ‘In Performance at the White House’,” said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. ”This is part of our ongoing effort to recognize the contributions and achievements of the men and women of our armed services, and use the power of our airwaves to share their stories.”

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is proud to support programs that honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the Armed Forces, our veterans and their families,” said Patricia S. Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “‘A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House’, PBS’ Stories of Service, StoryCorps Military Voices, and CPB’s Veterans Coming Home initiative connects all Americans to these stories of courage and commitment.”

For more information about “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House,” visit www.pbs.org/whitehouse To follow “In Performance at the White House” on Twitter, use hashtag #PBSipwh.