Artistic Director Michael Feinstein performs at White House

5/5/2012 3:34:24 PM


WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event on May 9 in honor of songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The evening will include performances by Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Mike Myers, Rumer, Arturo Sandoval, ShelĂ©a and Stevie Wonder. (Program subject to change.) President Obama will present the Gershwin Prize for Bacharach and David during the event. The sixty-minute television special is part of the Emmy Award-nominated PBS “In Performance at the White House” series — made possible by major grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS.

The program will premiere Monday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

This event, including the President’s remarks, will be available for press via the White House Press Corps pool feed and streamed on www.whitehouse.gov and www.pbs.org/whitehouse.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The prize is given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. The first Gershwin Prize was awarded to Paul Simon in May 2007, the second to Stevie Wonder in February 2009, and the third to Sir Paul McCartney in June 2010.

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