*On Thursday (March 6) President and Mrs. Obama will host “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” featuring Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin and Melissa Etheridge with Greg Phillinganes as music director.
The concert aims to celebrate the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. It’ll take place in the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and premiere Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. (Check local listings.)
On the morning of the concert taping, the White House will host “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” an educational workshop for 124 middle school, high school and college-level students from across the country, held in the State Dining Room.
The event will be produced by The Grammy Museum and led by its executive director Robert Santelli, a leading musicologist and music educator who will give the students an overview of the impact of women’s music on the country, discuss important artists from throughout its history, and explore the struggles and the achievements of women in American music.
Santelli will be joined by LaBelle, Etheridge and Monáe, who will share their experiences as well as answer students’ questions. The White House “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul” workshop will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.