Thursday, November 5, 2009

Legendary Violinist Joshua Bell Helps Classical Music Take Center Stage At White House

On Wednesday, legendary violinist Joshua Bell helped classical music soar on a mighty stage as he and other musicians performed and taught at The White House.

The New York Times notes the following:

The festivities and performances were sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, created by executive order in 1982. The first lady serves as honorary chairwoman of the committee, and Michelle Obama, fully embracing that function, has created a White House Music Series.

Mrs. Obama spoke movingly of children who grow up in major cities where arts institutions thrive yet feel that those resources might as well be miles away. The arts and music have a place not just in our museums, theaters and concert halls, she said, but in “the halls of this White House.” She wants the White House to be a showcase for the arts, she added.

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