The White House concert was hosted by Carol Burnett and featured performances by Guy, Usher, James Taylor, Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Trombone Shorty, Keb’ Mo’ and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
‘An eclectic bunch,’ the president called them. Just not eclectic enough.
Worse, the event marked the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
That’s how far classical music has fallen off the American radar in 50 years. More here.