Thursday (10/29) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng reports, “Classical music education will get some welcome attention next week when Michelle Obama opens the White House for a special concert. Next Wednesday, the first lady will host a Classical Music Student Workshop Concert, which will feature an appearance by superstar violinist Joshua Bell, guitarist Sharon Isbin, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Awadagin Pratt. The afternoon concert, which will be held in the East Room, is part of the White House’s ongoing Music Series, which was created by the first lady to celebrate the arts and demonstrate the importance of arts education. The White House said that the concert will include two young performers: cellist Sujari Britt and marimba player Jason Yoder, who will perform with Weilerstein. On the same day, the White House will hold music workshops for 120 middle and high school students from around the country. The Obamas have previously hosted concerts of country music and jazz at the White House as part of the Music Series. Last month, the White House hosted a festival of Latin music titled Fiesta Latina.”

Posted October 30, 2009