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“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House, celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The all-star concert will include performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director. (Program subject to change.) The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-secondproduction in the series’ thirty-six years. This will be the first time “In Performance at the White House” features an all-female line-up. 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®.
“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” will be a celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture, across Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll. The evening will pay homage to trailblazing female artists and their memorable songs.
“WETA is pleased to join the White House in celebrating the power and legacy of the female voice,” 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 diverse history of our country, which music captures so beautifully, and bring it to the national stage.”
“This will be the first time that the ‘In Performance at the White House’ series concert will consist solely of female vocalists,” said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “The stories and music of women artists are an important part of our cultural history, and one we are proud to highlight as part of ‘In Performance at the White House.’”
“We are pleased to support ‘In Performance at the White House’and the cultural influence female singers have as storytellers of the American experience,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Through public media that informs, educates, inspires and entertains, we are delighted to bring this shared part of our nation’s heritage to the local communities we serve.”