Country At The White House: Charley Pride Added, Watch Online


W.O. Smith School students and their families celebrate Sunday, July 19, as the group departs for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C., and a special concert series and educational workshop at the White House.

Charley Pride has been added to the list of artists performing at the White House tomorrow (7/21) as part of its educational workshop about Country music. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and Union Station were previously announced.

The event in the historic East Room will be livestreamed on starting at 6:25 PM/CT with President Obama’s opening remarks. First Lady Michelle Obama, White House staff and Members of Congress will be in attendance. The White House Music Series is hosted by the First Lady and its goal is to celebrate the arts and the importance of arts education.

The Country Music Association and Country Music Hall of Fame are participating in the program by sending local students to the workshop. The CMA is underwriting all travel costs for 40 students from the W.O. Smith Music School, using funds from the CMA Music Festival and the “Keep the Music Playing” program, which supports music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Museum was asked to provide an educational component at the event and will be sending one of the students who participated in its Words & Music educational program during 2008-09, rising 5th grader Sal La Rosa and Gary Michael Smith, the professional songwriter who added a melody to Sal’s lyrics, to the workshop to perform their composition.


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