Arts and Music

In Performance at The White House

In Performance at The White House was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation's most famous home. Since 1978, the program has embraced virtually every genre of American performance art.

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles

56m 46s

"Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House" showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. Performances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher.

Episodes

  • Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles

    S2016 E2 - 56m 46s

    "Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House" showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. Performances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher.

  • A Celebration of American Creativity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Celebration of American Creativity

    S2016 E1 - 56m 46s

    President and Mrs. Obama host an all-star music tribute from the East Room, celebrating the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms.

Extras + Features

  • Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: Preview

    S2016 E2 - 30s

    “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of Ray Charles. Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher perform. The program airs Friday, February 26 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations.

  • Esperanza Spalding: Behind the Scenes Performance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Esperanza Spalding: Behind the Scenes Performance

    S2016 E1 - 2m 15s

    This official White House video offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of Esperanza Spalding's musical set for "A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House."

  • Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald

    S2016 E1 - 2m 55s

    Watch Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald perform for A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House, and catch a behind-the-scenes interview with Brian Stokes Mitchell.

  • Trombone Shorty: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trombone Shorty

    S2016 E1 - 1m 17s

    See Trombone Shorty perform and watch a behind-the-scenes video for "A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House."

  • What Does American Creativity Mean to You?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Does American Creativity Mean to You?

    S2016 E1 - 3m 10s

    Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Keb' Mo', MC Lyte, and Trombone Shorty discuss what American Creativity means to them in behind-the-scenes interviews for "A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House."

  • Why the Arts Matter: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why the Arts Matter

    S2016 E1 - 2m 36s

    Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Keb' Mo', MC Lyte, and Trombone Shorty talk about why the arts matter in this behind-the-scenes interviews for "A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House."

  • What Work of Art Has Most Influenced Your Life?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Work of Art Has Most Influenced Your Life?

    S2016 E1 - 3m 15s

    Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Keb' Mo', MC Lyte, and Trombone Shorty discuss what work of art most influenced their lives in this behind-the-scenes interview from "A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House."

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