Emmylou Harris's White House Performance at Paul McCartney Celebration Airs on PBS
Emmylou Harris was among the stellar line-up of performers who gathered to celebrate the music of Paul McCartney at the White House early last month as President Obama presented McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The event, also featuring performances from McCartney and Stevie Wonder (the first recipient of the award) among others, will be broadcast on PBS stations tonight.
Emmylou Harris was among the stellar line-up of performers and dignitaries who gathered to celebrate the music of Paul McCartney in the East Room of the White House early last month. The event, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, marked the iconic Beatles star's receipt of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress and only the third time the award has been handed out. Now, fans across the United States can tune in to enjoy the unforgettable night as PBS presents Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House tonight at 8 PM ET, followed by an encore presentation at 9:30 PM ET. The entire show will be available online starting tomorrow at pbs.org.
In addition to Harris, the evening included performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder (the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize), Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Lang Lang, and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld. The 90-minute special, part of the PBS In Performance at the White House series, will feature the concert event, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. (Audra McDonald's recent performance in A Broadway Celebration at the White House will air on PBS as part of the series on October 20.)
For more information, go to pbs.org.
To hear a different take on some of McCartney's most famous tunes, check out the recently reissued Nonesuch classic The Baroque Beatles Book. For this and albums in the Emmylou Harris and Gershwin Nonesuch catalogs, head to the Nonesuch Store.
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