In Performance at the White House

In Performance at the White House

A series of occasional concert specials hosted at the White House by the president and first lady, featuring stars from a wide variety of musical genres.

All Past Episodes

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles

56:46 | #2202 | TV-PG

Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists.

A Celebration of American Creativity

56:46 | #2201 | TV-G

Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute from the East Room, celebrating art and literature in unique American musical forms. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act.

The Gospel Tradition

56:46 | #2102 | TV-G

President and Mrs. Obama celebrate 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.

Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House

56:46 | #2101 | TV-G

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Mary J. Blige, Romeo Santos, Common, Daughtry, plus performing members of the armed services to offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops.

Women of Soul

56:46 | #2001 | TV-PG

Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, and others perform songs made famous by remarkable women of soul.

Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House

56:46 | #1902 | TV-PG

President Obama, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and more celebrate songwriter Carole King, whose career has crossed six decades.

Memphis Soul

56:46 | #1901 | TV-PG

The memorable soul sounds of Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more are featured. The evening pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves.

Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

56:46 | #1803 | TV-G

A star-studded tribute to the songwriting team who penned such classic tunes as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "What The World Needs Now is Love," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Walk on By," and "Alfie." Bacharach and David have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with recent collaborations with Elvis Costello, releases on the soundtracks of all three Austin Powers films, and covers in an episode of Glee.

In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

56:46 | #1802 | TV-PG

A celebration of the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta to the Westside of Chicago, with deep roots in Africa and slavery and influences on modern American music. Performances will pay homage to the great figures of the genre and the songs they made famous - from John Lee Hooker to Muddy Waters.

Country Music

56:46 | #1801 | TV-G

The White House welcomes today's country music stars for a tribute to the greats of the genre.

The Motown Sound

56:47 | #1703 | TV-G

The East Room is the setting for this all-star tribute as President and Mrs. Obama salute musical stars from the label's golden age as well as young performers influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy.

A Broadway Celebration

56:46 | #1702 | TV-G

A series of performances by major Broadway artists and new talent, presenting selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy, and ambition of America. The evening will be emceed by Nathan Lane and include Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston, and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center.

Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House

01:26:46 | #1701 | TV-G

Showcases an evening with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Paul McCartney's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.

A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

56:46 | #1602 | TV-PG

President and Mrs. Obama host a concert in the White House East Room in honor of Black History Month. Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, Smokey Robinson, and the Blind Boys of Alabama perform.

Fiesta Latina

56:46 | #1601 | TV-G

Showcases a celebration of Hispanic heritage with President and Mrs. Obama. The program features musical performances by Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos, Jose Feliciano, and Sheila E. Hosted by George Lopez.

Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

56:46 | #1501 | TV-G

This special showcases an evening with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The concert includes performances by Wonder himself and Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Will.i.am, and the gospel duo Mary Mary, among others.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

56:46 | #1401 | TV-G

President and Mrs. Bush host a celebration of the jazz music genre and the Thelonious Monk Institute. Barbara Walters serves as emcee.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

56:46 | #1302 | TV-G

President and Mrs. Bush celebrate the artistic legacy and vitality of the Dance Theatre of Harlem in an East Room performance with founder and artistic director Arthur Mitchell and his dancers. Musical guests include Harolyn Blackwell, Audra MacDonald, LeAnn Rimes, and Rev. Al Green.

The Congressional Picnic

56:46 | #1301

A performance special that also goes behind the scenes to look at the preparations for President and Mrs. George W. Bush's annual barbecue for members of Congress.

The President's Own

56:46 | #1201 | TV-G

President and Mrs. George W. Bush host a performance by the United States Marine Band on its 200th anniversary of performing at the White House and pay tribute to the ensemble's rich history.

CeCe Winans, Glorious Gospel

00:00 | #1002 | TV-G

Features the Grammy-winning gospel star and the Morgan State University Choir.

The Blues

00:00 | #1102 | TV-G

President and Mrs. Clinton welcome host Della Reese, legendary blues artist B.B. King, blues prodigy Jonny Lang, Piedmont blues duo John Cephas & Phil Wiggins and powerhouse piano player Marcia Ball to the White House.

The Singer and the Song

00:00 | #1101 | TV-G

President and Mrs. Clinton welcome Patti Lupone, Jennifer Holliday, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and James Naughton to the East Room of the White House for an evening of classic and contemporary American song.

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