One of America's oldest art forms, jazz and its associates are inquiring President Barack Obama to hold a jazz summit at the White House. The notion is predicated on earlier summits, those held by Jimmy Carter in 1978 and Bill Clinton in 1993.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton musical is one of the hardest Broadway shows to get tickets to today. However, one of the perks of being the most powerful man in the world is that you can get Broadway to show up at your doorstep. On Monday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the cast of 'Hamilton' to the White House. This isn’t the first time that Lin-Manuel Miranda has performed at the White House. Miranda performed the opening number from the musical in 2009 at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word. Check out the report below for a look at the cast performance as well as Obama’s comments on his role in 'Hamilton’s' origins.
It is current year, and that esoteric reference can only mean one thing. Justin Trudeau is back in the news. The uber left leaning Canadian Prime Minister recently joined President Obama at the White House. However, the real star of the evening was Sara Bareilles. The Waitress songwriter performed her hit song “Brave” for the two Heads of State. Bareilles wasn’t alone. She was joined by Children of the Gospel Choir who shared her standing ovation.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle announced yesterday that the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is the first institution to receive the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is reserved for those who are "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."
In 1862, during the American Civil War, soprano Adelina Patti visited the White House and sang for Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary. Patti--then only 19, yet already well known in the U.S.--sang a number of songs, ending with "Home Sweet Home," a song requested by Lincoln himself.