Tonight there is a classical music evening at the White House with Alisa Weilerstein (picture to left) and others — and some of my close friends are there. I’m just wondering why I haven’t yet made the cut for either the gay community events or culture nights like tonight! (One of these days I’ll wiggle in.)
For those interested, the White House has a Facebook discussion set up for folks to chat about the performance which many watched live online. (sorry for late alert)
My buddy who runs special events at the Center for American Progress, Marlene Cooper Vasilic, is there. You may remember my featuring her on The Washington Note last year for winning the regional carp fishing contest. Seriously, she did.
And presidential tracker and Washington Times “Potus Notes” blogger Jon Ward just sent a note that David Axelrod is sitting in the front row, a few seats down from the first family, and he’s awake.
Jon Ward is doing the pool report tonight — and it’s somewhat different than most reports sent our way. . .so for the record books:
I have a spelling for the 8-year old cellist who joined Alisa Weilerstein onstage to perform with her. It is Sujari Britt. The boy who played after that with Weilerstein was Jason Yoder, 16, on xylophone. Jason is from Pittsburgh Capa school and has performed for the White House before, joining Yo Yo Ma at Flotus’ G20 spousal event last month.
By the way, we have a travel photo lid but not a paper lid yet.
One other note. I thought the program said Weilerstein was playing only one song, but she played what I thought was three. So I’m going to include here the entire list from the program. I had omitted some of this stuff before because, being the classical music expert that I am, I wasn’t sure if it denoted a song or not. From the top.
Sharon Isbin – “Asturias” by Isaac Albeniz, and “Waltz Op. 8, No. 4” by Agustin Barrios Mangore.
Awadagin Pratt – “Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor,” and “BWV 582” by Bach.
Alisa Weilerstein – “Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8,” and “III. Alegro molto vivace,” by Zoltan Kodaly.
Joshua Bell & Pratt – “Tzigane” by Maurice Ravel.
Bell & Isbin – “Cantabile” by Niccolo Paganini.
Bell, Pratt & Weilerstein – “Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49,” and “Finale: Allegro assai appassionato,” by Felix Mendelssohn.
Jon Ward, Washington Times
I’ll get to one of these things one of these days. I think it will take them deciding whether they want me as a political blogger or a more circumspect think tank policy guy — or better yet, perhaps just a friend of insiders.
Tomorrow I will be hanging out with media traveling from Europe with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in the morning and then listening in on meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on what to do to bolster the American middle class co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and Economic Policy Institute.
— Steve Clemons