In Performance at the White House began with an East Room recital by the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz in 1978, and since then has embraced virtually every genre of American music: pop, country, gospel, jazz and the blues among them. The series was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation's most famous home. Past programs have showcased such talent as the United States Marine Band, singer Natalie Cole, the best of Broadway musicals and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. "Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize" will be the first "In Performance at the White House" program during President Barack Obama's Administration. (Source: PBS)
President and Mrs. Obama host a celebration of Hispanic music from the South Lawn of the White House. Slated to appear: Marc Anthony, Aventura, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Los Lobos, George Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Thalía and Tito "El Bambino." Sheila E. leads the house band.