National Memorial Day Concert

2017 Memorial Day Concert Performers

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna has received critical acclaim for his award-winning and highly praised performances on the stage and in numerous film and television productions. He was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” READ MORE

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director. He starred in his first television show at age 10 in the drama “One Life to Live” and made his feature film debut at age 12 in “Cornbread, Earl and Me.” At 15, Fishburne appeared in “Apocalypse Now,” the first of many... READ MORE

Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014 as the first classical artist ever to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. READ MORE

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

For over fifty years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. READ MORE

Gary Sinise

Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise has been working in support of veterans for over thirty years. His commitment started in the early 1980s when he began supporting local Vietnam veterans groups in the Chicago area and created the Vets Night program at the Steppenwolf Theatre, which he co-founded. READ MORE

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television. READ MORE

Auli’i Cravalho

Auli’i Cravalho brings to life Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest heroine in “Moana.” The 16-year-old native Hawaiian is the voice of the determined and fearless lead character in the animated comedy adventure, directed by animation greats John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Princess and the Frog”). READ MORE

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now just a few years later, the talented singer/songwriter has sold nearly 3 million albums and has earned both Platinum and Gold album certifications. READ MORE

Five For Fighting

Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, who goes by Five for Fighting, has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004's “Battle for Everything,” which spawned the 2X platinum “100 Years,” which continues to melt hearts, provide all ages with an instant case of nostalgia. His music has been featured in 350 films, TV shows and advertisements ranging from the The Blind Side to Hawaii Five-O. READ MORE

John Ortiz

John Ortiz is an award-winning actor who honed his craft on the theatrical stage of New York. He won the Obie Award for Best Actor in the Off-Broadway production of “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot,” and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in the indie film “Jack Goes Boating.” He is equally at home on stage, in feature films, and on television. READ MORE

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson is a Tony Award-nominated actor as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical “Hamilton.” READ MORE

Ronan Tynan

Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert and popular music genres. Dr. Tynan first gained international attention in 1994 after winning “Go For It,” a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. READ MORE

Russell Watson

Russell Watson never imagined he would someday be hailed as one of the world’s greatest classical singers. Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra,” he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last. READ MORE

Jack Everly

Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with... READ MORE

National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, is recognized not only nationally but internationally as well, and is considered one of the world's finest ensembles. The Orchestra, in its 85th season (2015-16), maintains a busy concert... READ MORE

Military District of Washington

The Military District of Washington works with Capital Concerts in coordinating the Department of Defense participation of the Premier Service Bands and Service Honor Guards. READ MORE

U.S. Army Herald Trumpets

The United States Army Herald Trumpets is the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British “fanfare” trumpet ensembles, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets were formed to add splendor to official military ceremonies. A performing element of... READ MORE

U.S. Army Chorus

In 1956, the U.S. Army Chorus was established as the vocal counterpart of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own," and is one of the nation’s only professional men's choruses. From its inception, the U.S. Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature... READ MORE

U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the U.S. Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music.The Sea Chanters chorus is frequently found at the center of our most important national events... READ MORE

U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants

The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, is one of the world’s most versatile and traveled choral organizations. Originally formed in 1945 from within the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Band, the chorus is now composed entirely of professional vocalists from leading colleges, universities, and music... READ MORE

The Soldiers' Chorus

The Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, DC. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Concert Band of the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” The... READ MORE