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

“Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House.  President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event on May 22 in honor of singer-songwriter Carole King’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  The evening will include performances by King, as well as by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. President Obama will present the Gershwin Prize to King during the event.  The sixty-minute television special is part of the Emmy Award-nominated PBS “In Performance at the White House” series.

“I’m so proud that PBS can play a part in honoring and recognizing Carole King’s contribution to the musical history of this country,” said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS.  “Carole helped shape a generation with her music, which was hugely influential and meaningful to so many who grew up listening to her songs. We are proud to bring every American a front-row seat to this performance, which reflects PBS’s commitment to bringing the very best of the performing arts to the largest stage.”

“Carole King’s body of work reflects the spirit of the Gershwin Prize with its originality, longevity and diversity of appeal,” commented Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress.  “Since the inception of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, PBS has brought this celebration of creativity directly and more broadly to the American people.  We’re pleased that the greater public will be able to join in the recognition of this great artist.”

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