Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell to Perform at The White House in "The Gospel Tradition"

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Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell will perform in "The Gospel Tradition," at The White House on Tuesday, April 14, as part of the series In Performance at the White House. They will join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and an esteemed group of performers, including Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, and Lyle Lovett, to pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition. The President’s remarks and the entire event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov/live at 7 PM ET. The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will air on PBS on Friday, June 26.

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Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell will take part in very special performance, "The Gospel Tradition," at The White House this Tuesday, April 14, as part of the series In Performance at the White House. They will join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and an esteemed group of performers, including Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams to pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition and the important artists and repertoire that have marked its vibrant history. T Bone Burnett serves as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director.

The President’s remarks and the entire event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7 PM ET. The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015, at 9 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide.

As with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime workshop for students. The First Lady will welcome more than 130 middle school, high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop: "The History of Gospel Music." Beginning at 11 AM in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, will give participating students from 24 school across the country an overview of the origins of gospel music, discuss important artists and explore the unique elements of gospel that have inspired the sound of other American musical genres. Featured performers from the evening event will share their experiences and answer student questions about the music and entertainment world.

The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will be the fourteenth such program during President Barack Obama’s administration. From February 2009 to the most recent broadcast in November 2014, these In Performance at the White House events have honored Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney (also featuring a performance from Emmylou Harris), Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring the music of Motown, Memphis Soul, the Blues, and from the Civil Rights Movement; explored the rich roots of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical (which included a performance from Audra McDonald).

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    Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell to Perform at The White House in "The Gospel Tradition"
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    Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell will take part in very special performance, "The Gospel Tradition," at The White House this Tuesday, April 14, as part of the series In Performance at the White House. They will join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and an esteemed group of performers, including Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams to pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition and the important artists and repertoire that have marked its vibrant history. T Bone Burnett serves as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director.

    The President’s remarks and the entire event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7 PM ET. The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015, at 9 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide.

    As with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime workshop for students. The First Lady will welcome more than 130 middle school, high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop: "The History of Gospel Music." Beginning at 11 AM in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, will give participating students from 24 school across the country an overview of the origins of gospel music, discuss important artists and explore the unique elements of gospel that have inspired the sound of other American musical genres. Featured performers from the evening event will share their experiences and answer student questions about the music and entertainment world.

    The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will be the fourteenth such program during President Barack Obama’s administration. From February 2009 to the most recent broadcast in November 2014, these In Performance at the White House events have honored Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney (also featuring a performance from Emmylou Harris), Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring the music of Motown, Memphis Soul, the Blues, and from the Civil Rights Movement; explored the rich roots of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical (which included a performance from Audra McDonald).

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