In Performance at the White House: The Gospel Tradition

(Rochester, N.Y.) –  Join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music. The concert showcases music that cuts across the boundaries of race and class to provide comfort and inspiration to its listeners. Tune in to WXXI-TV on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9 p.m. to watch In Performance at the White House: The Gospel Tradition.

The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of gospel music and its profound influence on American music. The evening includes performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rodney Crowell, Aretha Franklin, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir and Michelle Williams — with T Bone Burnett as executive music director, Bill Maxwell as music director and Robin Roberts as program host. The hour-long program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated In Performance at the White House series, is the fifty-fourth production in the series’ thirty-seven year history. 

Pictured: Tamela Mann
Credit: Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza



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