Classical music education will get some welcome attention next week when Michelle Obama opens the White House for a special concert, reports David Ng in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Next Wednesday, the first lady will host a Classical Music Student Workshop Concert, which will feature an appearance by superstar violinist Joshua Bell, guitarist Sharon Isbin, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Awadagin Pratt. The afternoon concert, which will be held in the East Room, is part of the White House’s ongoing Music Series, which was created by the first lady to celebrate the arts and demonstrate the importance of arts education.
The White House said that the concert will include two young performers: cellist Sujari Britt and marimba player Jason Yoder, who will perform with Weilerstein. On the same day, the White House will hold music workshops for 120 middle and high school students from around the country.
– Read the LA Times article
– Listen to Jennifer Foster’s chat with Alisa Weilerstein
– Listen to WDAV’s Artist Spotlight on Joshua Bell
– Watch WDAV’s video of Awadagin Pratt conducting a masterclass at Eastern Music Festival