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  • Savion Glover--Stomp, Slide and Swing (#1001)

    Savion Glover emcees this presentation, celebrating the diversity and history of tap dance in America. Glover's own troupe, NYOT (Not Your Ordinary Tappers), performs a modern, hybrid style of tap; followed by 70-year-old Jimmy Slyde, whose dancing reflects the elegant origins of tap, and eight-year-old Washington D.C. prodigy, Cartier Williams. Donny Golden, the first American to win international Irish step-dancing competitions, and some of his young students demonstrate a few reels and jigs and their band plays an Irish tune composed in Arkansas. Two duets of Lindy Hoppers exhibit a combination of social dance and tap and Bebe Neuwirth and Karen Ziemba perform two numbers from the hit musical "Chicago" showcasing Bob Fosse's signature style of Broadway tap. [56 minutes]

  • Cece Winans, Glorious Gospel (#1002)

    The President and the First Lady join an a salute to the rich and vital traditions of gospel music in "CeCe Winans, Glorious Gospel." Featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist CeCe Winans and other gospel greats, this program also features Mickey Mangun with the Messiah Singers, Phil Driscoll and the Morgan State University Choir. [56 minutes]

  • The Singer and the Song (#1101)

    The stage is set for a memorable night of melody as President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton welcome Broadway legends Patti LuPone, Jennifer Holliday, Brian Stokes Mitchell and James Naughton to IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. The one-hour program marks the first production ever filmed in HDTV at the White House. Taped November 30, 1998, before an invited audience in the East Room of the White House, the program highlights the richness of classic and contemporary American song. The singers themselves chose the musical selections, which feature compositions by such legendary American artists as George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim. [56 minutes]

  • Traditions and Legends of the Blues (#1102)

    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. Reese solos on "Good Morning Blues" and joins the rest of the cast for "Let the Good Times Roll." King performs his classic "The Thrill Is Gone" and "How Blue Can You Get." Lang solos on "A Quitter Never Wins" and "Still Rainin'." Cephas & Wiggins performs "Let it Roll" and "Walking Blues." Blues pianist Ball performs "St. Gabriel" and "Sing It." [56 minutes]

  • The President's Own (#1201)

    Hosting their first concert of this long running series, President and Mrs. George W. Bush pay tribute to the rich history of the United States Marine Band ("The President's Own") on its 200th anniversary of performing at the White House. The evening showcases the renowned ensemble in the East Room of the White House and recaptures the remarkable story of this national treasure. [56 minutes]

  • The Congressional Picnic (#1301)

    President and Mrs. Bush play host to members of the United States congress and their families for this annual event held on the South Lawn of the Executive Mansion. The August 2005 picnic featured performances by Shirley Jones, Tom Wopat, Harolyn Blackwell and 16-year old dance virtuoso Cartier Williams. With a "Broadway Americana" theme, the program also includes documentary material about the picnic and the White House South Lawn. [56 minutes]

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem (#1302)

    President Bush and the First Lady host this event honoring the 37-year history of the company. [56 minutes]

  • Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (#1401)

    An evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Bush at the White House in honor of jazz music. [56 minutes]

  • Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize (#1501)

    President Obama presents the Gershwin Prize to the songwriter. Will I Am and Tony Bennett perform. [56 minutes]

  • Fiesta Latina (#1601)

    President and Mrs. Obama celebrate Hispanic heritage. Gloria Estefan and Jose Feliciano perform. [56 minutes]

  • A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement (#1602)

    President Obama hosts popular musicians performing music that galvanized the civil rights movement. [56 minutes]

  • A Broadway Celebration (#1702)

    Tony award nominees and winners perform tunes from Broadway's beloved musicals. Nathan lane hosts. [56 minutes]

  • The Motown Sound (#1703)

    An all-star tribute to the legendary record label features stars from Motown's golden age. [56 minutes]

  • Country Music (#1801)

    Superstars from the world of country music perform songs in the East Room of the White House. [56 minutes]

  • Memphis Soul (#1901)

    The memorable soul sounds of Al Green, Mavis Staples, Otis Redding and more artists are honored. [56 minutes]

  • Women of Soul (#2001)

    Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others perform songs by remarkable women of soul. [56 minutes]

  • The Gospel Tradition (#2102)

    President and Mrs. Obama celebrate gospel music and its profound influence on American music. [56 minutes]

  • A Celebration of American Creativity (#2201)

    Celebrate the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms. [56 minutes]

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